He’s a local artist with a passion for the Coast’s surf, arts and music culture. Recently Matt English aka Crooked Wonderland was commissioned by The Undercurrent to design a tee representing the Gold Coast’s golden good vibes.
We sat down for a chat with Matt about his desire for more local murals and why being an artist is a never-ending journey.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I have been a local for nine years now after moving up from the Sydney when I was 18.
How does our city influence your art?
The people of the Gold Coast have a big influence on my art as the majority of it is based on the local beauty and surf culture.
You recently designed a t-shirt for The Undercurrent representing the Gold Coast, what did you include and why?
I included a girl surfing on a mini-mal with the type ‘Good Vibes Only’ as I see the Gold Coast’s culture as based around surf, art, music and good vibes.
How do you describe your style of art?
My artwork is fine lined with minimal detail but still keeping its form.
Do you have a favourite piece of art you’ve created?
My favourite artwork would have to be a poster I made for my son when he was born, creating something for your loved ones has to be the best feeling than any other thing you could do.
What are your thoughts on the Coast’s growing arts scene?
It’s growing slowly, I would love to see more murals and art around the streets to express what this city is really about. There is a big difference between graffiti and art and I hope the Council will soon figure this out so our city can have more colour.
What’s been your personal artistic journey?
I left school early to study Graphic Design and as I grew up my style changed. I feel like I have finally found my style but it’s forever developing and I’m trying to find new mediums that fit my style. It’s a journey that will never stop.
What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
It’s pretty simple, my Grandpa was an artist and his last words were “don’t stop doing what you love and always push yourself to develop your talent”. It may seem like nothing but who it came from means a lot more.
Being a Gold Coast local, we have to ask your favourites…
Beach: Burleigh Heads as it is really the only suburb I have lived in and would never want to move
Restaurant: Balboa Italian, nice food and great customer service
How does your weekend usually look: Saturday’s I’ll be at the beach and going for a surf and Sunday’s are when I get to look after my son, so they are the adventure days.