I was always going to be an assertive, slightly mischievous child. Never one to stay on the straight and narrow and rarely choosing the easy path. My mother was right when she said: ‘somewhere I must have gone wrong raising you’.
Ever since, I’ve only been too happy to fulfil on that sentiment. I’ve always had an insatiable curiosity for oddities and irregularities, and I get excited at the prospect of finding and discovering new things. I am driven by wanting to always better myself and understand more about the world.
I was born in Australia, but knew fairly quickly that I wasn’t going to stay in one place for very long. I took flight to explore the world in my early twenties, and found myself immersed in a successful career in design; working for many of the world’s leading advertising and branding agencies.
Never risk-adverse, it wasn’t long before I knew I had to explore a new dimension of my creativity, and so, Heath Kane the artist was created.
My debut collection Rich Enough to be Batman was a coming together of my commercial art background and my love of urban art. My approach has always been driven by the practice of design thinking. Focusing on creating simple, iconic pieces that evoke an emotional response. I aim for my collections to be a talking point. Not simply for their artistic value, but for the messaging and larger narrative they represent. Within the lurid colour of my art, I embed subtle often subversive themes that encourage a political or social conversation.
I have never created art to please people. Not even my mother. But, instead, I make art in response to what I see happening in the world. I want to challenge the conventions of our lifestyles and the world we live in today.
“The important thing for me is not just what it looks like and feels like, but what it makes you think”.