at Artist, Australia
‘When you’re sneaking around the city at night you feel like a kid again. The seriousness of the world is unmasked as a series of facades, dead objects just waiting to be painted. I was immediately hooked. Out on the street I could say anything I wanted. So what did I want to say?’
Peter Drew’s posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his ‘Real Australians Say Welcome’ and ‘Aussie’ campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the country. But who made them, and why? In his recently published book ‘Poster Boy,’ Drew explores the deeply personal motivations for his political convictions and asks whether art can play the role of ‘circuit breaker’ in todays increasingly polarised discourse.