Lexie Smith

6 Creative All-Rounders You Need to Know

Creative people have a way of making numerous things work together at once.

Expanding the definition of what it means to be a contemporary artist today, there’s a movement of creatives who are tapping into clever ways of merging their passions through their practice. Whether they’re activists, chefs or pro-skaters, these six multi-talented artists are challenging the regular nine to five by doing more things than one and doing it all so right.


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Alexis Sablone

Alexis Sablone is effortlessly low key. She’s also a professional skateboarder, artist, architect and animator. Not to mention the New York-based, seven-time X Games medalist is a core member of the first USA Skateboarding National Team who, if all goes to plan, will debut as one of the first women to compete in skateboarding as an Olympic sport at the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo. Phew. Sablone’s art practice revolves around painting, illustration and large-scale sculptures, often combining her skills to design deck graphics for brands like WKND and bring projects to life like Lady In The Square, a public skateable sculpture in the city of Malmö, Sweden. Defying gender boundaries and making great art while she’s at it, Sablone makes being versatile look easy.


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Magnus Reid

In 2008, Australian born Magnus Reid moved from his hometown in Perth to London and has been making waves in the hospitality scene there ever since. The chef and restaurateur is known for his original take on traditional food in his small neighbourhood restaurant, Legs, and Magnus’ other food ventures have seen him dabbling in making art and music with his band, YUNG DRUID. Reid’s approach to painting is raw and textured, his latest body of work depicting still-lifes of large vessels and birds in chaotic flight. Having taken to sharing more of his work online, it’s clear the artist is carving out a signature style on canvas comparable to his grounded approach in the kitchen. And with murmurs about taking over a hotel situated on a former monastery in Mallorca, Spain, as well as releasing a new solo music project, Reid is certainly one to watch.


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Aretha Brown

Some artists are destined to be known, and one of them is Aretha Brown. At just 19, the activist and artist has already held a stint of being the Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament and is gaining widespread acclaim for her work that places an emphasis on teaching First Nations history. Brown’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and bedazzling, in a twenty-first-century take on dot painting that explores themes of place, identity, culture and political ideas around Bla(c)k womanhood. Urging action towards a decolonial Australia through her popular Instagram posts and YouTube channel, we can’t wait to see what she does next.


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Kim Hyunji 

Traditionally portraiture was an elitist practice reserved for depicting colonial ideals of beauty, but today it’s a lot more interesting thanks to artists like Kim Hyunji. The Australian-based Korean artist and model paints large-scale, visceral nudes of her friends and fellow artists hanging out and sniffing all kinds of substances. Through her work, she explores controversial topics of escapism through drug use, body diversity, gender discrimination and racism in Australia. Fed up with how the body is portrayed and glamorised everywhere we look, Hyunji doesn’t just challenge traditional beauty ideals through her subjects, she also models for brands and designers herself to encourage the fashion industry to look outside the conventional, as well as close the gap between us (the majority) and models.


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Wade Goodall

Surfing and art have always gone hand in hand, and Australian pro surfer Wade Goodall is a prime example of it. After trading in a life of relentless surf comps for a more creative approach to the sport, Goodall’s time in the water is balanced out with making films and art. From painting, drawing and storyboard sketches, unlike the usual nostalgia associated with a lot of surf art, the artist’s work feels fresh and new. This is evident in Goodall’s newly released film, PENTACOASTAL that came out with Vans earlier this year, which showcases his innate ability to capture contemporary Australia amid the surfing world.


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Lexie Smith

Lexie Smith is a New York-based artist and bread maker by trade. She is also a writer, educator and activist, and it’s all through bread. Bread forms the foundation of her art, firstly, as a medium for her sculptures and secondly as a tool to ‘map the unmappable,’ for her initiative Bread For Earth that explores bread’s potential as a social, political, economic, and ecological barometer. While Smith uses bread as a means of connection and a tool to nurture a sense of community, she also uses it to research and critique the food industry, and the extreme disparity between poverty and gluttony. With gluten on her side, there’s no doubt Smith will continue to further disrupt and question the important issues of our times through her unexpected practice.

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