10 Questions with Brooklyn Whelan

Sydney based creative Brooklyn Whelan is one of Australia’s finest emerging contemporary artists. Bringing elements from his days of graffiti writing together with his fascination with the unpredictable nature of weather patterns, Whelan creates dreamy pieces that are both minimalist yet other-worldly. We picked his cloud-infested brain about all things city, art and his upcoming solo show at China Heights gallery launching this Friday night.

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE WAAL


Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m a  Sydney-based artist.

Your style is so carefully executed but soft at the same time, surely this has taken a bit of development! When did you start painting?
I've always created art. My style has evolved with the flow of events in my life. I know it sounds cliché but I just paint how I feel, my works take on a life of their own.

Clouds are evidently a bit of a recurring theme in your work. Why clouds?
There's something really powerful about an oncoming cloud front. I've always been drawn to storms and the way clouds rapidly move and transform like shape shifters. And lightning!

What were you like as a kid?
Ha. I didn't mind jumping fences and walking on the wrong side of the tracks. But in saying that I was still a good kid


"There's something really powerful about an oncoming cloud front. I've always been drawn to storms and the way clouds rapidly move and transform like shape shifters. And lightning!"

-Brooklyn Whelan


When you have a good look at some of your art works there are definitely undertones of urban culture. Has graffiti had an influence on your artistic practice?
Yep, for sure. I was an 80's kid which meant I was also growing up in the peak of the New York graffiti movement which hit Sydney pretty hard. Catching a train to school, it just seemed like a natural progression to try and emulate what I was seeing trackside and on 'Beat Street'. Ha


"All the paintings are large scale works using my signature palette of pink, grey and black continuing my fascination with sky masses. It will be my third show at China Heights (2nd solo). I'm really excited to show this new body of work."

-Brooklyn Whelan


Tell us a secret -
I hate avocado, but I love guacamole

What does the day-to-day of Brooklyn Whelan look like?
It's pretty routine. I try and have structure to keep the momentum. Wake up, make a coffee for my wife, walk the dog then paint. I try and keep it pretty chill.

Your exhibition, ‘Pushing Past’, at China Heights is going down on Friday, March 31st at 6pm. Tell us a bit about the show!
All the paintings are large scale works using my signature palette of pink, grey and black continuing my fascination with sky masses. It will be my third show at China Heights (2nd solo). I'm really excited to show this new body of work.

Is there anything you’re hoping people will take away from your exhibition?
A painting! And I hope for people to feel my works in the real.

What can we look forward to seeing in 2017?
More solo shows here and internationally.