Beastman & Phibs at Backwoods Gallery

by steve watts May 07, 2012

Beastman and Phibs at the Backwoods Gallery

Woah, these are two badass artists! Backwoods Gallery and House of Bricks, under the curation of Alexander Mitchell, proudly bring you separate yet intrinsically connected exhibitions of two Australian street artists, Phibs and Brad Eastman, (Beastman).

Spread across two galleries on the same Collingwood block, the dual exhibitions will present the styles, connections, influences and friendship of two of Australia's leading street artists.

The opening night party will take place across the neighborhood with the extension of murals between the two galleries.


April 27th – May 6th: Opening Night is April 27th, 6 – 9 pm

Phibs - Perfectly Imperfect - Backwoods Gallery - 25 Easey Street, Collingwood

Beastman - Natural Progression - House Of Bricks - 40 Budd Street, Collingwood 


Phibs is the one of the most respected and renowned names in Australian graffiti and street art. Responsible for the tutelage of many of Australia's leading street artists including the Everfresh crew and fellow exhibitor Beastman, Phibs' crisp, iconic freehand delineations are so clean and precise that they are often mistaken for stencils, the product of decades of practice in the mastery of aerosol.

His public artworks are prolific in Melbourne and Sydney, and are far-flung across the globe. Several of his works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia for its permanent collection. He has painted so many walls around Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne, that the suburb has affectionately become known as ‘Phibsroy’ by the locals. 

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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