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STRUAN HOPWOOD

Struan’s art is more rebellious and brash. His is a mixture of street art, grunge and manga. But with an expert illustrators touch. He will explore the idea for an image over and over, sometimes in doodles and line drawings in the diary or anything else that’s handy.

On the one hand his work has the contemporary themes of skulls, stylised animals, tags and cartoon characters borrowed from pop culture layered with text and bright colour. This is his ‘underneath the bridge’ work. Sometimes dystopian, more recently optimistic.

On the other, he has an illustrators eye and technique exploring sci fi and technology images and themes. One of the most striking is his stylised image of a fire fighter against Australian iconography of marsupials, kookaburras and cricket bats. An image celebrating the fire fighters who saved their house in Hepburn Springs when the bushfire went through in 2018.

Struan’s work is at the edge of contemporary trends, adapting manga, anime, tattoo, grunge and street art. He is a close observer of  the rapidly exploding images in the online world.