Meet Gold Coast creative Aaron Darcy, the artist behind our favourite new homewares and design label– A Boy Named Aaron
Tell us about yourself and your life on the Gold Coast?
You could call me a local, I’ve been based on the Gold Coast for 18 years. I relocated here to complete my schooling with my family and really enjoy the casual lifestyle that a coastal town can offer. I come from a very humble family background, well mannered and was very close to my Mum. She was my mentor; sadly passing away three years ago – a lot of what I learned has been poured into my work with love and dedication. My first career was actually in legal. I soon realised that a suit and tie was not for me, and turned back to being creative and focused all my energy into what I truly loved. With a background in creative aspects ranging from photography, digital design, marketing and art; I’d always dreamed of using all my skills for one purpose. I’m probably speaking for every creative person out there, but at times you can come across a blur with your process; so naturally I like to turn to the sea and clear my mind and recharge. Our beaches are truly energetic and one of the reasons that I actually still call this place home.
When and how did your creative venture, A Boy Named Aaron, come to life?
I have always enjoyed using my creativity and had wanted to bring my range of skills together into one brand. A Boy Named Aaron has been an unfolding adventure for the past 18 months. It simply begun from an idea and determination to create something great!
What inspires your art?
Travelling is a huge part of my inspirational process. I enjoy seeing cultures and traditional arts – they bring new meaning to handmade and remind me that skill is a true art form. Music is the sound of art and you will find me often creating to the sounds of international artists streaming through my internet radio. Nature, experimenting and research are other outlets that allow my creativity to evolve constantly.
Tell me about your most memorable travels and how they inspired you?
I’ve been to most parts of Asia, North America and India; not to mention many parts of our own country and New Zealand. I’ll share with you two of my most memorable moments. I like to feel I’m young at heart, so that happiest place on earth – Disneyland, truly is. You can be a kid for a day, regardless of your age and just forget about everything else. It inspired me that dreams, no matter how big can really become reality. I was also inspired by a trip to Cambodia. It was the first time I’d ever stepped foot in an eastern country and it really opened my eyes. The people were so gentle and beautiful. It really makes you think and process our Western society and embrace how living simply can be taken for granted. I’ve taken inspiration for all the places I travel, it’s just so incredible to learn about other ways of life and balance what you have to be thankful for.
Blue seems to be a constant theme in your work. Why is this?
I originally started with a sculpture of an anchor, this is my signature and what I’m best known for. Blue reminds me of the ocean, the vast places it can take you to. All of my work has meaning and purpose. The colour blue is also representative of encouraging a peaceful, healthy expression through communication; you can learn more about colours looking up the meanings of certain Chakra colours. Your mood and emotion is influenced by the colours you have around you, and blue is one of my favourites.
Whose home would you love to see your work in most?
You know the honest answer to this is anyone that connects with what I create. Sure, I’d love the stigma of having a celebrity own a piece of my work but I like to think that I create a range of art pieces that would give the opportunity for anyone to afford and have a genuine deep interaction with the artwork. I’ve supplied my work to Caribbean, Europe, Russia, Japan, America, New Zealand and many Australian homes.
Are there any local artist who inspire you?
I’m asked this question often. I believe the creative world is always inspiring others, if you like all artists are connected in a way. Right now, I’m excited to experiment with collaborations and have a project with another local artist Joy French creating very unique art pieces which combine a use of both artists skills to create original works never seen before. I personally find my inspiration from photography, colours and nature – continually surprising myself and to forever evolve.
If you could sum your art up in three words, what would they be?
Honest, detailed, meaningful.
Your favourite medium to work with?
Personally, the process of casting is my favourite type of art medium. I really like the organic feel to the final product, no perfect edges or forms; it’s freely made and has unique personal character – never two alike. While I’ve also used clays, wood and recycled materials, cast plaster ceramics are by far what I enjoy using most.
Your favourite Gold Coast spot to unwind?
Lately I’ve been finding myself down at Nobby’s for a little R&R. Being a pretty humble person, some chill time on the sand with a take away coffee, tunes streaming through my internet radio and a juice-to-go keeps me level headed.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m right in to the sounds of Tame Impala, Rufus, Passion Pit, Galantis & jackLNDN. Music is a major part of my creative energy, more times than none I’m working to music to inspire me.
Something people may not know about you?
I’m open to trying anything that’s watermelon and banana flavoured!