A quick Q&A with artist Fintan Magee at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse.



A Hot Minute With Aussie Street Artist Fintan Magee

Art Basel 2K16 is officially to the races, and we’re posted up at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse for another day of artistic madness. Our latest run-in? Australian street artist Fintan Magee, whose latest installation can be found under this very roof.

Luckily, he had one minute (literally) to steal away from his work and chat with us. Read up on what he had to say, and don’t forget to tune into Snapchat (@milkstudios) for more insider action from the Juxtapoz Clubhouse.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever painted? 

Actually, probably in Kiev—I painted a 17-floor building and we did it off of a swing stage that definitely didn’t feel safe. The lift was really creaky and it was making a really sharp screeching sound whenever I went up. It wasn’t like that at the beginning…the screeching sound started like five days into a 10-day process. So everyday I was on this really screechy lift, and also it was set up where it was like two feet away from the wall, so every morning I had to jump from the roof of the building onto the swing stage. I got alarmingly comfortable with it after like three days, which is problematic in itself!

What is one thing you miss about Australia when you’re not there?

Just simple things reallyfriends and family, and I miss the food a lot. Australia’s very multi-cultural, so we have a real mix of food there. Sometimes after like two months in Italy I was just craving Asian food badly. But it’s Italy, so you just gotta eat their food!

Where are you based now?

I’ve got a studio in Sydney.

But you travel a lot, I imagine.

Yeah, I was on the road for nine months this year.

Do you have a favorite place you’ve traveled over the years?

I don’t like to say I have a favorite, just because everywhere has its pros and cons—I love everywhere for different reasons, and I hate everywhere sometimes for different reasons, you know what I mean? But for me, I love Italy. I love painting in Italy…there’s just an energy there that’s amazing. I was in Rome for a month this year and just loved it. Southern Europe in general—Spain, Portugal, Italy.

Would you rather wear an outfit made entirely from hair from paint brushes for one year (exclusively) or have to wear heels as shoes for the rest of your life?

High heels? For the rest of my life? Well I’ve tried in walk in heels once and it’s impossible…so I guess I’ll take the paint brush suit for a year. I don’t envy you guys for wearing those things.

Featured image courtesy of Cole Giordano. 

Stay tuned to Milk for more hot minutes from inside the Juxtapoz Clubhouse. 

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