Ben Guy AKA FunBeard Studios is our first featured artist of 2016. We only met Ben last year, but have been actively following his work since then.
Ben takes inspiration from 70's and 80's Sci-fi book covers for his original works, selling these and his art reproductions to a wide audience at art markets, conventions and online. As well as his oil paintings, Ben teaches at the Melbourne Studio of Art and does the occassional street art mural - something we would definitely like to see more of!
Ben's paper of choice for his reproduction prints is our wonderful Museo Portfolio Rag - a 300 gsm cotton rag paper that is a cut above the rest, with excellent crispness and it sits really flatly as well which is perfect for packaging and selling the prints really nicely!
Ben Guy (AKA funbeard studios)
Education and background:
BA in Drawing and Printmaking, ANU. Illustration, Graphic Design and I also teach observational Drawing and Painting at Melbourne Studio of Art.
Where are you based?
How long have you been a visual artist for?
Around 20 years in some form or another.
What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date?
Painting Chris Lilly’s Portrait for The Shirley Hannan Prize a few years back was great and painting a big mural in Abbotsford last year.
What are your creative influences?
Right now, Sci-Fi book covers from the 70s and 80s.
What are your favourite tools of the trade?
Oils and I’m getting back into ink again.
How did you found getting started with printing at Image Science?
Great! Lovely staff, quick turnarounds and awesome results!
How has being able to create edition prints from your originals been influential to your business?
Very influential, I have started selling my work at art markets, conventions and online and it has been great to have these prints reaching a wider audience.
More markets coming up (Blender Lane Artist Markets, 3rd and 10th Feb) Supanova Melbourne April 15-17th, a big mural in Collingwood and more teaching.