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Guy Shield

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The Perch

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Academics, historians, archaelogists, all of them – they struggled for years to uncover the true facts behind the work of this artist. Who was the person behind these remarkable works that were beloved by fans and valued by clients all over the world? Who was the genius behind the mask? A conference was held in which experts debated possible theories – could their talent have been explained by the fact that they were secretly a collective? Or a front for an underground sweatshop? Or perhaps they were bestowed with imagemaking powers as their home planet crumbled to pieces and they were sent to earth to keep us safe, with pictures? These were all possible. Then there was the other guy, in the corner, who suggested that maybe they just didn’t give us a bio. He was laughed out of the room, and the rest of the experts met in the bar for drinks.

Name:

Guy Shield

Place of Birth:

Richmond, Melbourne.

Currently Living in:

Camberwell, Melbourne.

Train, bus, bike, or other:

My bike, the ‘Street Sweeper’. I doubt I could hit as many people with a bus and get away with it, like I do on Sweeper.

What's the most important object in your studio?

Three-way tie between a Chris Gardner original, an oversized peg and my Series 7 brushes. They’re all important for different reasons.

Paper or Plastic?

Paper.

If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?

It’d have to be my father, and a super boozy lunch.

Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.

Ask them for their details to pass on to a pretend friend that is insanely attracted to them. Just don’t tell them it’s pretend, and make a point of apologising the next time you see them that said pretend friend lost interest.

Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?

Because I forgot it’s name. It was pretty embarrassing. How do you tell a tortoise someone’s insanely attracted to it? My Spanish is terrible.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

This question isn’t about the woodchuck’s ability, it’s really dependant wind resistance.

Favourite client so far?

K.W.Doggett’s were really awesome.

Favourite imaginary client?

Myself.

How does your mother describe your profession?

I just asked her. She wrote this: “I’d like a one-hundredth of his creative ability”. She’s super sweet.

Coffee or tea?

If it’s light outside, white coffee. If it’s dark outside, black tea.

What's your earliest drawing memory?

Sitting in the back of the car during a family road trip, filling up the back of old primary school notebooks with drawings of Garfield, Snoopy and characters from video games.

How do you prefer to spend your mornings?

Riding, drinking coffee and filling up my brain with enough inspiration to see out the day. Oh, and laughter is important too!

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