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Go Suga

He’s a talented local artist who migrated to Australia from Japan almost 30 years ago and now, we are lucky enough to call Go Suga a local. 

His art is self-described as a “mystical seamless blending of cultures” and the stunning, colourful pieces being a sense of joy and wonder to those who lay eyes on them.

We sat down for a chat with Go about drawing inspiration from surfing and how doing what you love causes good things to pop up out of nowhere. 

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I came to Gold Coast back in 1990 so that would make me a 28-year Gold Coast local.

What do you love most about living here?
SURF, lifestyle, summer time is longer than winter, some people, the environment (close to the ocean and mountains), big roads, big houses, relatively clean public toilets, lots of parks with free use of BBQ facility, lots of surf shops, the list goes on.

How did you come to know you wanted to be an artist?
I enjoyed drawing since I was little with my brothers but I didn’t think of becoming an artist back then. It was when I had a fall out with my business partner around five years ago and realised I really love to do drawing and painting and that I want to keep doing it until I cannot.

What’s been your journey to get to where you are today?
If I were to put it in one word it would be FUN. I believe if you find what you really love to do and you start doing it you can’t go wrong. I haven’t done anything major yet really, it’s always a work in progress but the most important thing I reckon is that you enjoy your life and I achieved that with art being one of the main ingredients. Since I started doing art, good things seemed to just pop up from nowhere like being represented in a professional art gallery, winning an award, being in the newspaper and magazines and on TV. If I didn’t pursue what I love to do, I don’t think any of that would have happened.

How do you describe your art to people?
Colourful and simple.

Where do you find inspiration for the pieces you create?
Right now I get most of my inspiration from surfing and other artists work I find online and through visiting galleries and museums etc.

What do you think about the Coast’s art and culture scene these days?
I’m not too sure as I’m just one simple dude. I can’t see the whole picture accurately but if I’m being interviewed here and there about my art I guess there’s lots more interest in art on the Coast than there was 10-15 years ago.

What do you have in the pipeline for the upcoming year?
I have my first exhibition in Melbourne at a gallery called the Outre Gallery in March. Other than that I have a few mural jobs, which is not 100% concrete yet, and a few projects I’ve been working on that I cant reveal yet.

Tell us your favourites on the Coast:
Beach: Tugun
Café: Urban Snack Bar Burleigh
Restaurant: Ashmore Steak and Seafood
How does your weekend usually look: If it’s summer and waves are good I’ll be surfing, usually somewhere between Mermaid and Cabarita early in the morning like 5am, and then on the way back home I’ll get a blueberry danish and almond croissants from Panya Bakery at Currumbin. If there are no waves, I’ll wake up at the same time and work on a painting. Once my family wakes, I usually change my sons diaper, have breakfast, walk the dog and go wherever my wife wants to go like shopping, to Byron or a cafe etc. We spend the day somewhere, walk the dog, have dinner, put my son in the bath, watch YouTube on couch, paint and sleep.

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