From the Age Spectrum section’s ‘Meet The Maker’ column, painter and textile artist Lucas Grogan:
Grogan left home early and studied art at Newcastle University between 2003 and 2008. By his own admission, he “failed spectacularly”, but learned on the job about life as a practising artist via volunteer and paid jobs (from gallery attendant to exhibition installer and floor manager) at artist-run and commercial galleries in Newcastle and Sydney.
His break came in 2008 at the age of 24, soon after he began exhibiting his two-colour paintings and embroidered textiles. “I was lucky enough to be put into the … sideshow for the Biennale in Sydney,” he says. “I was the youngest, the only student, and things sort of took off from there.”
Photo by Simon Schluter. Article by Kath Dolan.