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Susie Monte has been working as a visual artist for the past 5 years after graduating from RMIT and has built up a successful business – Drunk On Water. Susie draws inspiration from artists who use colour well and inspire hope. Her online shop and stall at the Rose Street Markets are full of bright and colour uplifting artworks that are steadily growing!
Follow Susie to keep up to date with her up and coming projects, including what is sure to be, an amazing mural of her work!
Education and background:
RMIT Masters in Design, 2011
VCA Graduate Certificate of Visual Art, 2014
Where are you based?
North Melbourne, I work from home.
How long have you been a visual artist for?
About 5 years. I combine my love of Art and Graphic Design to create Drunk on Water artworks.
What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date?
Being able to run my own creative business full-time with Drunk on Water and have the freedom to do exactly what I love – which is creating uplifting designs that make people happy. I feel very fortunate to have built this career.
What are your creative influences?
Andy Warhol, Ugo Rondinone, Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo and Gemma Smith. I’m drawn towards artists that are a bit more playful, use colour really well and inspire hope.
What are your favourite tools of the trade?
I design my giclée prints digitally in Illustrator and print the prints up to A3 on my Canon Pro-10 and Image Science print the rest!
I’ve also had exhibitions and make geometric inspired paintings (acrylic) and mixed media sculptures that complement the paintings.
How have you found getting started with printing at Image Science?
Image Science has been awesome to work with – everyone is so friendly, the turn-around is super fast and the quality of the printing is fantastic.
I’ve been commissioned to paint a wall inside the Young Bloods Diner – 60 Rose St Fitzroy featuring an organic coral reef (abstract) design. I’m very excited about this!
I am currently also in the production phase of some exciting new sculptural mobiles. Stay tuned!
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