What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I chose another occupation or life direction? I’d be an animator or scuba diver
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by a number of people. My children (twin daughters Aska and Luna age 5) are a big source of inspiration. They fuel me to do what I love and I love their creativity and imagination. I am inspired by illustrators and artists: MC Escher – a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. James Jean – a Taiwanese-American visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Mike Judge – animator and illustrator, creator of Beavis and Butthead. Mike Mignola – comic book artist, creator of Hell Boy and has worked with marvel and DC many many more.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I love to use my art to raise awareness for the conservation of endangered and threatened species, particularly endemic Australian species.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
My favourite country I have visited is Mexico. I love the food, cultures, history, people, landscape and language. I was heavily inspired whilst travelling there. Cant wait to go back.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I live in Melbourne, so when people come to town I like to show them the amazing food we have in the city and surrounds. Lebanese and African food are my favourite at the moment. As for location-based attractions, I have shown people the amazing street art of Melbourne. Originally, I am from the Mornington Peninsula, so I love to show the natural beauty of my home town, ocean beaches, central hills and wildlife.
What are you currently reading?
Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King – By Lloyd Bradley. An in depth look at the history and culture of Jamaican music.
What are you currently listening to?
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s new album, Omnium Gatherum – Melbourne based psychedelic rock band.
Creating art and my healthy family.
What does the future hold for you?
Making more lantern sculptures, painting more murals and developing a body of work for my first solo exhibition focusing on different global folkloric stories and deities.
Tyson’s work can be seen at the City of Monash’s EMERGE Festival – which will be presented at the Mount Waverley Community Centre Gardens from 24 – 8 June 2022. For more information, visit: www.monash.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: Tyson Savanah – photo by Emily Russell