From peaced-out, coastal Matakana comes Lukas Kelly, an illustrator and artist, surfer, and musician. When he’s not visiting clients in the US or Europe (Lukas owns Busy, the boutique creative agency), he’s at home in Matakana, working on his side project and ‘ideas outlet’ – an art prints brand called Lost Seas. Lost Seas art prints have an unmistakable style and sense of humour about them, and are created using a handful of techniques including pencil sketching, painting and digital graphic design. We’re big fans…
Lukas outside his home studio; the Lost Seas brand
Is art a full-time job for you now, or if not – what is your ‘day job’?
In some respects I guess art is my full-time job.. Trying to define exactly what I do is the tricky part… Mostly I’m working on Lost Seas art prints
, graphic design, music or looking for waves. The majority of my waking life is spent on various mini creative projects throughout each day. The focus is forever shifting which I like as I can work in whatever area is inspiring me the at the time.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I’m continuing work on Lost Seas, finding new ideas and themes around the concept & growing the plant afro on the roof of the studio, it’s almost getting Jimi like so soon I’ll be adding some facial features to the windows… More seriously I have a few music projects I’m finishing up along with developing some new business startups in design & media.
Tell us about a few creatives/designer you are personally inspired by?
To be honest I can’t name a select few.. When it comes to finding inspiration through other artists / designers I spend a good amount of time picking a choosing from a massive pool of talented folks… My google image search can get pretty gnarly, tabs tabs tabs!
What are some of the fave things you have on your own walls at home?
My favourite would be the Ataturk poster from a friends magazine in Istanbul they had commissioned by Shepard Fairey. Second would be the Owl & His Mansion piece I purchased at an exhibition on K Road. Third would be a custom wooden surfboard from Hawke Boards, made by a good friend here at home in Matakana.
Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
My career has been in design and creative direction. I used to own a boutique design and media company in Auckland, which I then stepped out of and established Busy. Busy now houses an office in Istanbul, Turkey and also clients in California, so I spend a bit of time between San Francisco & Matakana. My main passion that I’ve built my lifestyle around now is the ocean and surf and finding that balance between a more relaxed lifestyle but remaining productive on projects and ideas that resonate with that lifestyle.
What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
This would have to be teaming up with a manufacturer and developing a range of Lost Seas surfboards, jewellery, homeware & other bits that I want around my own home.
Tell us about a good movie to see, a book to read, a website to check out, a place to visit…
Place to visit – Anchor Bay