Murdoc is a talented Sydney-based artist who focuses mainly on stencil street art. He kindly answered my questions regarding his street art journey and shared his exciting future plans with Street Art Rat.
Enjoy the interview!
Where were you born and how did you start doing graffiti/street art?
I was born in Australia and spent most my life living in Sydney.
I started writing Graffiti around the age of 14 or so, I knew some older guys in a crew that everyone loved in our area. I really liked what they were doing and I got hooked.
How did your work develop? I see that nowadays you focus almost exclusively on stencils.
My transition from traditional “graffiti” to “street art” was mainly a way to portray a stronger message in my art. I got sick of writing my name(s) on a wall, and stenciling sped things up in the street. I was never the quickest at painting so I decided to switch things up.
Have you been criticized for your street art, since you often portray social and political issues?
Not really, everyone has responded pretty well. I try not to get too deep on that side of things, but I definitely still try to talk about or question things I don’t agree with. As everyone should.
What or who inspires you?
Some big inspirations of mine would be Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Blek Le Rat, Banksy, Basquiat just to name a few. Anyone doing inspiring things and not driven by identity or ego.
What do you think about Banksy and his work?
I think he is great, very clever with how he controls his image and the art he creates, he is a big inspiration of mine. I guess my only problem with the “Banksy Phenomenon” is the die-hard fans boxing stencil artists together and calling them copies, without taking a look at Blek Le Rat and other Pioneers. Not to take anything away from Banksy, he is one of the greats and always will be.
Do you have any favorite street artists?
I really like Pejac, Kidult, Os Gemeos, Lister, Lush sux. These probably would have to be my favorite as of late, they are all doing great things and are very talented.
What would you like to achieve in the future/what are you currently working on?
I have a few things going on at the moment that I’m pretty excited about, I’m currently filming a short video that will be coming out on YouTube, with a trailer coming out shortly before.
I have a group show with Tortuga Studios in Sydney on 19th May called “With a rebel yell”.
I’m also working on a web store for my website containing some custom graffiti markers, painting gloves and some tee’s and hoodies. There will also be some exclusive painting and prints on there to.
In the future I hope to work towards some more gallery work but mainly just keep creating, hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
Have you ever been caught by the police while painting?
No I haven’t thankfully, I try to be as careful as I can but in this line of work it can sometimes be hard. I just try my best to be aware and lay low as much as I can.
Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
Work Hard, Stay Humble.
Finally, here are just some quick questions.
What do you see in front of you?
What did you have for lunch today?
Most recent travel destination?
Your dream job?
What superpowers would you like to have?
The ability to pause time.
We are looking forward to see more of your work in the streets, Murdoc! Thanks again for the interview.
Have a nice day!