Bafcat is a Sydney based street artist inspired by the magical nature of the world, the mysterious and supernatural. Mixing animals and human-like creatures, bright colours and shapes, to create a weird world of characters. The works have a fun playful feel which comes from Bafcat’s style of laying paint down.
SK: Tell us about the image you've used for your latest screenprint release (left).
Bafcat: The image I created for the release is a combination of human and animal which has been a strong theme in my work lately. This combination I feel creates a magical element thats harks back to times where magic was more common. The man and snake represent good and evil.
SK: What’s the origin of the name Bafcat?
B: The name Bafcat comes from my favourite novel by Cormac McCarthy, ‘The Blood Meridian’, a brutal novel about cowboys that has never left my mind. Originally the name was Bathcat in the novel due to putting a cat in water and it goes crazy. I feel my personality is a bit like that, dropping an ‘f’ in the word just felt like I was bringing the name up to date.
SK: If I was to visit the environment/dimension that your characters inhabit what would it be like?
B: I think of my characters living in the 8th dimension, on Earth but hiding in solid forms, a mirror image of the world around us but the mirror is warped and things are not what they seem.
SK: Do these characters represent a part of yourself or the world that we live in?
B: My characters represent everything and anything, from the world we live in to the past world and future world and also worlds that do not exist. I let my imagination take over and whatever comes out just feels natural.
SK: Tell us about your street art process. Is it fluid or is it more about replicating your sketches?
B: In a way I replicate sketches and ideas, but when I’m painting on a wall its more fluid, no solid structure to follow, just grab an initial idea and let it evolve. I feel when I paint I start by looking at a sketch and then it takes on a new life on the wall.
SK: Who have you enjoyed collaborating with over the years?
B: Well of course that would be Jumbo. The collaboration process feels so natural with Jumbo, when we paint a wall we just go for it in a freestyle manner and it always works out how we want it. It's a real pleasure to find another artist you can connect with on the same level.
SK: What is your art collection like?
B: My art collection varies quite a lot, from artworks from artist like Shida, Mr Penfold, Roach, Tom Ferson, and Cupco, to a collection of vinyl art toys from Kozik, Ron English, Craola and more, to comic book art like screenprints and posters.
SK: What do you have coming up in the near future?
B: The future I see another solo show possibly at the end of the year, I’m working on ideas about multi-verses, I’m planning on making a comic from some of my characters I just need to get the story to where I want it, and to paint more walls and also travel.
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