International Artist Feature: Australia

International Artist Feature: Australia


For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Australia, featuring six artists who create fantastic work, from illustration to graphic design and more! I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy!

Melissa So

Melissa So is a graphic designer and calligrapher based in Sydney, Australia. Her work focuses on beautiful handmade typography that is bold and elegant. Check out a small selection of her work below or see more in her portfolio.

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I love the unique Australian sense of humor. We have a tradition of
mocking ourselves and each other. I find this type of cheekiness to be
very enriching in my day to day life. There’s always a good laugh to be
found with an Australian!

The other great thing is the landscape. I live in the city where
it’s bustling, but there’s always a picturesque pocket of nature to
escape to. It’s just beautiful.

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Get Brewing Typography by Melissa SO
Get Brewing

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I live in Sydney and am fortunate to be surrounded by amazing museums
and galleries featuring some fantastic contemporary art. I like visiting
these places because I can view the world through another artist’s work. What has influenced my
work the most is the street art. When I walk to work I always see a new
mural, poster, or a message scrawled on the wall. I like how fleeting
street art is and always pause to think about what that artist is
telling the public. I am a letterer and all my work involves words so
I’m always thinking about what type of message I’m putting out there.

Aw Yeah Typography Neon Sign by Melissa So
Aww Yeah! Neon Sign

Greetings From Spewcastle

There’s a great sense of ambition in the art community here. I have a
great respect for artists who really go for it and just make art because
it’s in their blood. I love going to solo and group shows and seeing
the support of the art community there. It’s very encouraging.

Greetings from Spewcastle by Melissa So
Greetings from Spewcastle

Chris Phillips

Chris is an animator and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. His colorful illustrations tell unique stories with a comedic flair. Check out a small selection of his work below or see more in his portfolio.

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I lived in London for 2 years and it’s amazing what a
little blue above you does for the mood. I love the
relaxed, relatively slow pace of Sydney and even though I’m not really a
beachy person (I’m about as pale as an A4 sheet of printer paper) I
love knowing that the coast is right there.