Castlemaine Artist: Ben Laycock
Think infamous artists in Castlemaine and immediately Ben Laycock comes to mind. Born with a paintbrush in his mouth, Ben has been a colourful member of this great arts community for close to two decades. But when I had the opportunity to interview him I didn’t know where to start. His studio is full of art and the various flotsam and jetsam that tell us loads about what informs and inspires his unique style. The bold palettes, landscapes that hit you right between the eyes. Ben is prolific.
I have known Ben for over 10 years and have worked with him on several community and artistic projects but I really didn’t know much about the journey through his creative past and its profound influence upon his view of the world. I think it is fair to say that he is a highly unconventional character who has chosen not to accept the values of the “real world”.
Who else would go on a five day hike through the bush without a pair of shoes.
To view Ben Laycock’s amazing Artwork click here…
Or to see more of Jim Coad’s video projection work through his project Video Architecture.
Both Ben & Jim are regular exhibitors in Arts Open 2012 an event where Castlemaine’s leading artists open their studios to the public.