While in Melbourne, we spotted Golden Graves’ impressive art on a canvas in a cafe in Fitzroy and subsequently stalked the artist’s name until we found his instagram. There we found a treasure trove of his distinct portraiture style drawings and had to find out more about his enigmatic self…

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Hey Golden Graves! Tell us a little bit about your background
Hey Bawdy, so my name is Dan, I’m 35. I was born in Echuca, a rural town in Victoria, Australia. I’m half Aussie half Scottish & I like to draw! I started drawing from an early age and for most birthdays & Christmases I would get trays of derwent pencils. By age 12 I’d have a shoebox full! Drawing for me is like an old friend, a bond that has always been with me. It’s a time where I can let my imagination run free, everyday life can get so repetitive, drawing gives me the freedom to break this cycle, if only for a little while.

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You have a very distinct portraiture style, what inspires your drawings?
I went on an excursion to MONA in Hobart, Tasmania. Not only is it a stunning space but has so many different forms of art… mind blown, highly recommend checking it out. Also Instagram has also helped me out, it’s a great way to get exposure & follow other artists, it’s also good to find faces to draw!

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Do you have any favourite artists or creatives, in music art or otherwise?
I’m heavily influenced by a lot of the people around me. Some of my friends are incredibly creative and doing really great in the film, tattoo and photography field. I find what they’re doing is incredibly motivating it pushes me to want to do more and more with my art.

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What is your favourite piece you have drawn to date?
Probably my works on pine, I wanted to produce something on a different medium to push myself a bit more so I found a place in the industrial area that worked with wooden doors. Asking for some wood for this purpose was a first for them but it paid off in the end!

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You have some of your own pieces tattooed on yourself, is tattooing something you would also like to pursue?
A lot of people have asked me that question, but I just don’t see myself doing it. A pencil on paper is completely different to a tattoo gun on skin dude, once you fuck that up you can’t rub it out!

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We first spotted your awesome work on a canvas in a coffee shop in Melbourne, do you have any further plans to sell your pieces online?
I’m really not that tech savvy, like I mean I only just got an iPhone last year and I don’t even have a laptop! But it’s definitely something that has crossed my mind numerous times, especially when all I have in my room is my own art that should be on someone else’s wall. But really I think next year will be the year!

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Do you have any plans to showcase any of your work overseas?
I’ve recently bought my ticket to Europe! So I will probably do a lot of drawing, maybe on the street when I’ve ran out of money ha!

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Finally, tell us something not a lot of people know about you?
When I was 19 I had the opportunity to draw for Hallmark cards but I was dumb, naive and inherited quite a bit of money from my Grandparents (R.I.P) and basically wasted a decade drinking lots of wine and regretting everything. Every experience has taught me so much and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for all that Craziness!
…Oh, I also got a magpie stuck in my bike helmet when I was 12!

Thanks for your time Golden Graves! We hope to see your work spreading to Europe soon.

– Aisling Abbey
@bawdyfox

You can find more of Dan’s amazing illustrations on his instagram @goldengraves




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