Gus Eagleton — b. 1989
In the studio, Gus Eagleton paints with oils on canvas to create photo-realistic yet surreal interpretations of the reality and beauty of our urban landscape. On the street, he explores the individual in nature, juxtaposed against the concrete city.
With a selective colour palette and intuitive compositions, he manipulates light and shadow in an unrealistic and romantic way. He paints with considered velocity and magnetism, yet simultaneously the pieces embody slowness, a dreamlike feel.
Gus explores the diversity and intrigue of the characters he encounters and, as a true romantic, indulges in the beauty and charisma of the people he paints. On the wall, garnished by abstract flora, they blend into their environment but never lose their individuality.
He is compelled and influenced by the environment around him – the problematic high-rise development in the city, the gentrification in the suburbs, the fascinating abandoned industrial areas on the outskirts of town. These spaces are his subject matter and his canvas.
Gus holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He was the winner of the 2012 Undergraduate Painting Award at the Queensland College of Art and the 2008 Lilli Pilli Youth Award in Coffs Harbour, and was highly commended for the 2009 Green Dragon Award at Saint George Bank. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at Analogue Gallery, Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane and 69 Smith St Gallery in Melbourne, and group exhibitions at The Stockroom in Melbourne and Ambush Gallery in Sydney. His work is held in private collections in Australia, France and England.
Along with commissioned works for public and private clients across Australia and internationally, Gus has been involved in many public art projects, murals and workshops. These include the Brisbane Street Art Festival in 2016 and 2017, Tropica Fest 2017, the Jungle Love Festival in Maroochydore and First Coat Street Art Festival in Toowoomba in 2015, and the Pillars Project in South Brisbane in 2014. He has also painted murals at The Garden State Hotel and the Paterson Project in Melbourne, The Art House Mirvac in Brisbane, and at Northern Exposure in Sydney.
In the studio or on the street, Gus brings his unique interpretation to the characters he creates and the urban landscapes that inspire him.
Ashleigh Brooke Ralph, 2017