On land you can find his super sized murals painted on public walls. If you search below sea level, you could come across one of his large concrete letter sculptures, slowly being covered by sea life.
From his studio in Inglewood Amok Island paints large colourful canvases depicting fish,
landscapes and food. His screen prints are from start till finish produced in his studio, using a
technique of exposing the screens to sunlight.
After growing up and more than a decade of painting walls in the heart of Amsterdam, his love for everything tropical saw him travelling across Asia before settling in Perth, Western Australia in
2009. Amok has exhibited his work extensively at gallery spaces through Western Australia and Amsterdam and has been commissioned to create public art murals across Western Australia, Port Hedland and New South Wales. Outside of Australia, you can find his work on walls in Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Berlin, Portugal and Amsterdam.
In January 2014 Amsterdams renowned modern art museum Stedelijk Museum and Kuvva
featured Amok Island’s work for ‘Kuvva x Stedelijk Presents’.
In April 2014 Amok Island showcased his work in a solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Amok Island (born Amsterdam, 1983) is an artist living in Perth, Western Australia.
What inspires you/ Where do you look for inspiration?
Marine life, the relationship between humans and nature, typography
What kind of work do you do?
Paintings on canvas, large scale murals, screen printing, photography, sculptures, installations,
typography, traditional sign writing.
Where can we find your work?
On public walls throughout Australia and abroad on walls in Amsterdam, Lissabon, Egypt,
Indonesia, Thailand, Germany.
Perth is seen as an emerging city, especially in creative industries – do you feel like there are more opportunities in WA right
It seems like people here are very open to new kinds of art. When painting public murals I get a lot of positive reactions and other opportunities of people liking the idea of having their walls painted.
How does local context (Social, Cultural, Environmental) affect your work?
I paint what I am passionate about, so anything can influence my inspiration. I am very angry about the shark policy here, so I created a number of works because of that for example.
What do you think makes Western Australia special?
For me Western Australian nature is very unique, there are so many endemic plants and animals here. Everytime I am travelling through WA I am amazed by the natural beauty of this state.
Where is your favourite hometown spot?
I like being around the Swan River