posted on May 10, 2008 at 9:54 pm

if you hit the link stevekilbeyart
you’ll find nine new paintings on there
for my upcoming exhi in oh-hi-oh
i realize some among you may groan…
i usually hate it when people move into other” disciplines”
e.g. ‘orrible singers trying to act n vice versa
so i guess i should try to get some kinda explanation together
once n for all
now you’ll remember that my dad painted as well as played
so there was some precedent for this
i must admit i was quite good at drawing
spending lots of time in class
drawing guys playing guitars n drums
the way some little girls draw horses
i drew bands
later i honed my skills
in doing mean little pictures of the dopes i worked with
in the canberra shiny bums circa 1973-78
wacka wain
ruffhead ryan
ali bear
rod the hawk thomas
bill gunky shaw
all these faces came to life on my blotter from ballpoint pen
i stuck em up on the notice board n i’d get my ear clipped.
during the eighties i made some little heads with clay-mo
but i never really was that interested in painting or paintings
in 2002 after having moved back to aust
jlk suggested i do the cover for freaky concs
he remembered all the little pictures
i did of my mothers then new husband….
so i cobbled up a bit of stuff
using some ideas from my screen printing days
which had consisted of cutting up nmes n melody makers
with a little stanley knife
and using the actual page as a one or two off stencil
eventually john auctioned some off
which led to more people asking for some
so i did some more
and for a little while
people bought em as a novelty
and i just muddled along
accidentally doing something good occaisionally
eventually i started to learn something
gravitating towards gouache n pastel
lucky a few people were buying my stuff…
anyway thats leads us to now
at the moment im painting heavily n furiously
trying to get all the paintings ready
for ohio in june
way to go ohio
my painting is one thing my music isnt
and thats 100% original
when i do paintings i aint imitating anybody
i wouldnt know how and i cant be bothered
whereas my music is about 50 % public domain
i am heavily influenced by many others
so my latest bunch of paintings all aspire to movement
to vibration
to connection
eyes watch ominously
vegetation twists and seethes
colours rub up against each other in pastel/gouache interzones
the vegetalista is another me
walking through the jungle of my mind i came across him
enclosed by eyes and fiery skulls
the many plants seek succour from light
the vegetalista remains in shadow
his eyes pierce from the murky psyches fog
the light and shadows break down into fractured organic pixels
i try to paint auras and feelings and i mistakenly come up with this
i try to paint ideas
the way i would sing about ideas
my ambition outstrips my technique but i’m catching up a little
i painstakingly pointilistic detail and dot dot dot
the paintings are supposed to represent (re-present) the psychedelic moment
just for the sheer hell of it
its quite safely impossible
but in attempts we come up with great stuff
the actual receding geometrics of dmt are forever beyond my scope
but i like what i do as approximations
we get the idea of the colour n movement of the psychedelic vision
rather than anything actual
because actually it contains nothing actual
in dmt download a somewhat fragile me
surrounded by the weird mental pyramids in my head
the colours are all bright
the psy experience is usually vivid
everything is supposed to be oscillating
this is what im drawn to , i suppose
the other bits of life
me playing my bass surrounded by visions of music
someone having a fix in a basement while a tv blurbles on
jims mirror and his jacket of many eyes
rickis multi colour hair
the mona lisa with a swirling magma background
the king of dope
i think these paintings are at least my own
you may find other bits n pieces in there
but unintentionally
this is the stuff i wanna paint
i wanna call up these feelings with art and music
the micro-life
the macro-life
the surreal life
life under the influence of art
believe me these pictures look better in the flesh
theyll sit on your wall n you can get lost in em forever
trying to emulate my songs
these paintings are a little door for you
a door into…
(cue eerie music)
the empty place

21 Responses to “art decade”

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    captain mission | 11 May 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Wow, i can see a real development there, i recall looking at your early work and wondering where it could go and how it would evolve and now i can see the kinda process at work, these are very original images, they have a certain flow and movment, i’m completely drawn to the dmt element here for obvious reasons, it seems like you are capturing what lies beneath the surface of things, there’s something extra dimensional about them.
    a few questions…
    when you paint a portrait do you have an instant image of the essence of that person or is it something that grows as you paint?
    you appear to see the aura with clarity, do you?
    when you create a self portrait are you trying to capture something that is elusive to you or do you have an idea of what it is you want to paint specifically?
    i like your art as much as your music.

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    Brien Comerford | 11 May 2008 at 1:05 am #

    You are a bona fide master vocalist, lyricist, musician, writer, blogger and painter. An incredibly versatile talent.

    On a bleaker note I’ve had it with music magazines. Today I went to my favorite import magazine store and saw Slash on the cover of no less than six major British and American music and guitar magazines. Never see anything on The Church or Jeff Beck. Thank God the internet will force those tree-killing rags out of business.

    Incidentally, there are more Google Blogging Church fans than Nick Cave fans. I respect Nick Cave and he’s certainly a darling of the American and British media. However, The Church and Jeff Beck are far preferable to Nick Cave and Slash in all musical aspects.

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    veleska1970 | 11 May 2008 at 1:34 am #

    are these the paintings that were missing? if so, then i’m glad they turned up!!

    captain mission beat me to the punch~~i was going to say the same thing, that your work has indeed evolved. your feelings and emotions are very well communicated in these. they are exquisite and are spilling over with vibrancy.

    and i’m especially intrigued by “the vegetalista”. i love how you used a black paper base and applied lovely colour but your self-portrait in this is stunning….black paper is not a very forgiving medium for portraits, as i’m sure you know. 😉

    excellent!! i wish i could make it to the exhibit. 🙁

    lotza love……

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    linjo | 11 May 2008 at 2:55 am #

    Great reading the last few days, comments and all. I find your art totally intriguing Steve. DMT Download, I am in love with it! Hard to believe that people criticise any form of artistic endeavour. Linda x

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    matt davison | 11 May 2008 at 3:08 am #

    Please all check out my dads art and stuff.

    he needs the world to see his fine talents

    Lv SKs art it’s transdimentional stuff isn’t it…

    Matt D

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    matt davison | 11 May 2008 at 3:11 am #

    ps anyone wanna see a vid with my art

    youtube ….enter Matt Davison Artist, or just google me.

    Arts no good unless people can see it

    The self promo Man.


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    linjo | 11 May 2008 at 3:30 am #

    Agent to the Stars: good stuff man. Love that colourful city painting. Ps. not a bad sort either!

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    princey | 11 May 2008 at 3:38 am #

    WOW sk, they are ALL amazing paintings! The Vegetalista is SO beautiful, I want it!! It’ll be snapped up in a heartbeat at the exhibition, I just hope you get what they’re all worth sk (in the $$$$$thousands definitely!).The Mona LSD I like alot too, it’s one of those paintings where the eyes follow you around the room….so dark & mysterious! Well I’ll definitely be buying a print of The Vegetalista, well done sk, you’re dad would be proud.
    Love Amanda

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    melissa | 11 May 2008 at 6:29 am #

    Wow, how I’ve been missing my daily TTB fix! Hopefully will be back online very very soon … wonderful blog today SK! 🙂 Have always had a passion for art and drawing but it’s something that I haven’t done in a really long time. Very inspiring to read this today!

    From what I’ve seen for your art site, you have some incredibly beautiful pieces … let me tell you, I simply can’t wait until I pay off my original painting that I’ve ordered and receive it in the mail. It’s going to be a great belated birthday present for myself!

    All the best and greetings to all 🙂


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    fantasticandy | 11 May 2008 at 9:05 am #

    iv’e been checking these out a looooong time……
    the new batch are most striking.

    steve..if i hadn’t ploughed every ha’penny into ‘the dudes’ i’d have put in a commission a long time ago.

    ohio will be a roaring success….
    and your financial burden will be eased as your work becomes ‘in demand’.
    i fear that the end result for me…
    is that i will wind up having to settle for a cheap print!
    oh well….
    much love,
    andy L.

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    lian | 11 May 2008 at 9:07 am #

    The very best i’ve ever seen – The Vegetalista.

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    Hellbound Heart | 11 May 2008 at 10:11 am #

    …i’ll have to go and have a look after i’ve finished here…
    as for yesterday’s blog, reminds me of the first time i heard ‘almost with you’, was in a little out-of-the-way record shop in lismore and i was in high school and the old guy who owned the shop commented on your deep voice but my god, i was transported…i’d heard your music before then, but when i heard that song, i was hooked and i’ve been a willing junkie ever since…
    to all mums, nans and wonderful women who care for others, hope you had a lovely mothers day…we’re often the cog around which the domestic universe revolves…

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    davem | 11 May 2008 at 11:58 am #

    They look good to me…but I’m strictly a music man myself.
    I wouldn’t be able to tell good art if it jumped up and bit my fat old arse. Ouch.

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    davem | 11 May 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Very quiet today…I hadn’t realised it was Mothers Day in some parts of the world. It isn’t here. Shame, cos I could’ve bought Mrs M a chrunch T-shirt as a pressie…

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    CSTCoach | 11 May 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    i remember when you painted that freaky conclusions cover (any plans to officially release more early stuff like that? was a cool album). Your work has come a long way since then. Really nice stuff.

    I’ve got a print of Saraswati w/ Fender Bass on me wall right now. Would love to own an SK original one day.

    Best of luck with the exhibition prep! 🙂 Are you actually going to be there for the great unveiling?

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    the dean | 11 May 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    ok I’ll go to the site.

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    the dean | 11 May 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    I’ve been.
    Vegetalista has somewhat of a Joseph Conrad quality about it.
    Your best I’d say but I don’t know if I’d want you watching for my loungeroom wall.

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    Issakimani | 12 May 2008 at 12:04 am #

    I love your paintings of the Hindu gods and goddesses. Those are my favorite. Just looked at the new ones. Congratulations for being blessed with wonderful talents. Wish I was able to afford one of your beautiful paintings. If I am ever fortunate enough to come into some money I will be sure to contact you. Much love and respect to you!!!

    One Love,

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    Damien | 12 May 2008 at 3:23 am #

    Your paintings have always reminded me of Frida Kahlo’s, Steve.

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    Anonymous | 16 May 2008 at 9:45 am #

    the MT place..-eval badger ;D xo

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