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Artist Interview: Josh Cranstoun

Josh and John are performing live with Die Empty,
June 27th- July 3rd 2013
Opening night Friday June 28th 5-9pm
Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane

You’re our audio element to the Die Empty exhibit- please tell us a bit about the music you make and your creative processes!
As individuals, John and I incorporate many different influences into our music. He comes from a background as a DJ and I’ve always played acoustic music- we meet halfway with our love for hip hop. Our process is never the same really; we work on separate things away from each other and use our time together in the studio to develop our ideas.

Could you share a little bit about what you have planned for the Die Empty project?
The Die Empty project is such an exciting one in so many ways; a collection of artists all pouring their hearts into the show- it’s amazing. Die Empty is about a collective, not individuals, and hopefully the music reflects that just as much as the artists’ works.

What are you most looking forward to about opening night?
The payoff after months of hard work for all involved. As I have said above, it will be a sense of accomplishment for a large number of people, not just a few of the big guys that benefit. By artists, for artists.

We understand you have a few other projects on the go- what are they?
Our diverse styles allow us to focus on different aspects of our music at different times. We are currently developing solo albums for both myself and John, as well as joint collaborations for internet projects.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
I come from an acting background, so something that has become very important to me is the creative atmosphere. Often times, during auditions etc, you are made to feel like you’re under huge amounts of pressure, a situation I never performed well in. Taking time with my music and feeling comfortable and relaxed when making it is the most important thing to me by far.

What are a few things you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?
We are at the beginning of an exciting time for our music- we are starting to perform live, getting closer to releasing albums, and hopefully in 5 years time we will have enough revenue to create music in a relaxed, motivating and secure environment.

These beautiful boys are brand spanking new on the scene, and from the samples I’ve heard we’re all in for an awesome treat!! We’ll be breaking news on their forthcoming projects as they evolve so keep those ears pinned back and primed for some listening candy!

What’s in store for you at the Die Empty opening night!

You may have noticed by now that Die Empty is being pimped as an interactive art exhibition, and possibly wondering what that might entail. So here’s some of what we’ve got planned sprinkled with a few of the artworks you can expect to see on show…………


Jason Gorman - Milky

Jason Gorman – Milky

The amazingly talented Josh Cranstoun will be flinging beats and looping sounds from 5pm- you are encouraged to provide voice samples!!

Katie Lee Gretch and myself (as well as anyone who cares to join us) will be drawing portraits throughout the evening, and there will be extra paper and pencils available……..if you don’t feel like drawing a portrait then draw whatever the flip you feel like!
And of course we’d love you to leave them for us to post on the website afterwards 😉


FEEDBACK is my personal favourite.

by Steve Falco

by Steve Falco

There will be a little box for you to post messages and opinions in and we dearly look forward to reading every single one of them. This is our first exhibition of this kind and your experiences will guide us from here….



Joy French - Ane

Joy French – Ane

The spirit of creative expression is communication, release and moving on. In honour of this we’re providing another box in which you can post anything you want to get off your chest. Secrets, confessions, whatever. This box will never be opened- after the week of the exhibit it will literally go up in flames so feel free to spill yer guts!


We’re not only looking at the physically interactive aspect, we’re exploring the emotional interaction and bonding between artists, artworks and viewers. It’s not just art on show, the contributing artists are encouraged to share their creative processes however they see fitting. It may be an inspiration folder, chatting with you on opening night, who knows…

Katie and I will be back on Saturday for more portrait drawing and chats with everybody, and Josh has offered some extra yet-to-be-confirmed performance time throughout the week- watch this space!

Sam x



Artist Interview: Joy French

Joy French is exhibiting with Die Empty,
June 27th- July 3rd 2013
Opening night Friday June 28th 5-9pm
Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane

Miranda Kerr by Joy French

Miranda Kerr

The women in your paintings are strong and powerful; are your subjects imaginary or do you reference real women? 
I am fascinated by strong powerful , women who stand into there space, whatever role they have chosen to play ? Whether it be a mother, singer, poet, actress, mostly those who have made a mark or have inspired me,  it may be their story about their life or it maybe something visually striking where i just have to paint them.


Ray Charles by Joy French

Ray Charles

What part of the female face do you find the most time consuming to reproduce?
I LOVE THE eyes ..

On average, how long does it take to complete a portrait, and what year did you start taking your art seriously?
This is really tricky question to answer, it really does vary so much depending on the subject and my mood sometimes it can be a day sometimes a week or longer .. I Took art seriously as little girl :)) 🙂

Abigail O'Neill by Joy French

Abigail O’Neill

What advice can you give to aspiring portrait painters? Can you recommend a book or other resource that helped you learn how to produce great portraits?
Not really just practise , practise practise practise- be open to new opportunities

We understand you have an exhibition coming up at the Agora Gallery in New York, can you tell us a bit about how that opportunity came up for you?
YES , I am  in November cannot wait , they sent me an email about submitting my works- they had been watching my pieces apparently , so i went ahead and submitted my work early last year and they got back to me at dams welcoming me into the agora family, and have started to pr my work and gallery representation- very excited !! And very grateful.

Do you have any advice for artists who are just starting out professionally?
Be true to you , be open to opportunities ,it’s always about the journey not the destination …


Artist Invoking Artists

Artist Invoking Artists

You are a woman of many, many talents- what are you currently working on besides Die Empty, and which of your endevours are your all time favourite projects?
Oh thank you , I am working on the New york exhibit and currently four  commission jobs for some houses in Melbourne. Also a little photography for Tijuana cartel on one of their tours !! Photography is another great love !!

What do you aim to achieve in the next year?
TRAVEL !!! And paint. Be inspired and meet new and amazing souls to share with, love and laugh with.

You can view more of Joy French’s work at