My name is Peter Kelk and I work from a studio space in Melbourne, Australia, under the pseudonym Seymour. The name Seymour came about from early in my career, when I was working as a graphic designer. I felt that I needed a distinction between my work as a designer and my passion, which was developing my personal work. I create mainly sculpture and print works.
My inspiration comes from the broadest of influences. I come from a long line of collectors and hobbyists, and I inherited the gene. These collections have always played a huge part in the idea and inspiration process of creating my own work. My studio walls are shelves that start at the ground and almost reach the ceiling, filled with toys, vintage collectibles, books and the odd pieces of taxidermy.
The colour palette and imagination of the Japanese art toys Kaiju have been inspiring when creating my sculptural pieces, as have the visuals that result when east meets west culturally in film and print. The themes that run throughout my work is what makes the pieces stylistically recognisable, but I like to push each new collection a little further, exploring different detail, colour palettes, processes and applications.
Alongside my artwork, I have always worked to promote the pop surrealism, low-brow genre and artists. I have worked for both Strychnin Gallery in Berlin and currently Outre Gallery in Melbourne, which are considered leaders in the industry for the low-brow art scene. My roles within the galleries have been an important part of my own work. The exchanging of information, ideas and skills have contributed to my own work. Promoting talent and creating a presence within the genre has always driven me, and the skills I use in my own business are transferable in helping to push the work of others.
Comic Con and Designer Con are also a big part of the wider community where the type of work I produce finds its place. There are artists from all over the world in little niches, communicating and following each other’s work, and seeing them all represented in one big space is very inspiring.