EXCLUSIVE FULL INTERVIEW WITH DRAPL (PREVIEWED IN IRONLAK MAINLINE)

IF YOU COULD PAINT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

DRAPL: I would love to paint a massive reservoir dam wall, mainly to see amazing reflections on the water in different light. I would also love to paint something at burning man festival because I love people seeing my artwork in different states of psychedelia!!

HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CONCEPTS FOR YOUR MURALS? IT SEEMS YOU ALWAYS HAVE A STORY TO TELL.

DRAPL: I come up with my murals usually on something that I have been thinking about at the time. I like my murals to make people stop and think, and make them feel uplifted. I am a firm believer in positive thinking, and how much it can change outcomes in life.

YOU OFTEN PAINT WOMEN, ARE THEY BASED ON FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, OR PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE?

DRAPL: The people I paint are usually women that I know, people I look up to, or sometimes I just base characters from good reference photos I find on Instagram. I like to add a lot of extra lighting/colours to the original photos.

YOU WORK ALONGSIDE A LOT OF OTHER ARTISTS, WHY DO YOU THINK COLLABORATION IS IMPORTANT?

DRAPL: Collaborations are very important to me. I'm lucky to be a part of DTS RFW. From graffiti walls to mural productions, we are always keen to push each other to our limits. I have learned so much from TREAZY and SOFLES over the past 20 years. Without these guys, I would never have started painting characters or have had the opportunity to paint so many amazing festivals. We never really plan a collaboration wall, just usually talk about a theme and develop it on the wall.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

DRAPL: At the moment I am working on the entrance to the old skate arena in Brisbane, although I have painted it before. I am really trying to stay true to my own style and not let mural jobs / clients control what I want to paint too much. I paint for the love of it, not for the money. Although I live off of my art, I don't accept work that goes against my beliefs or if a company is trying to be trendy/exploiting graffiti.

ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS / WRITERS?

DRAPL: Advice I would give to any aspiring artists is to keep pushing your limits. Surround yourself with other artists and positive people, and paint as much as you can. I have painted anything and everything! Versatility can really help with concepts and confidence. Art is not limited to painting, so create what makes you happy, whether that be a piece, sculpture or mural. Versatility will stop you being a starving artist.
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