Australian artist Andrew Kidman works in many mediums. Music, writing, painting, photography, surfboard shaping or films all born from his connection to the ocean.
Among his works are the films Spirit of Akasha, Litmus, Glass Love and Last Hope. Last Hope in particular being a film that merged the creative aspect of surf and art. Andrew is also an accomplished musician, having released albums as Andrew Kidman, The Val Dusty Experiment and The Brown Birds of Windy Hills.
Andrew has also published a number of books, most notably Lost in the Ether, Way of the Bird and a film/book documentary detailing the finer points of surfboard designed, Ether.
Andrew was born in Canberra and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He has been living on the North Coast for the last 13 years with his partner, Michele who is originally from New York and their two kids. They spend most of their time here on the North Coast, every couple of years they go back to New york for the winter.
KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?
Making surfing films and music. Shaping surfboards
KP – Is it your passion or just something you do?
KP – If it is not your passion what is?
Music and Surfing
KP – What is your greatest career achievement?
Working on the Spirit of Akasha film and soundtrack and playing it live at the Opera House and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival
KP – How do you give back to your community?
I try and keep it clean
KP – What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hanging at the beach with my kids and Michele
KP- What is your greatest extravagance?
Making myself surfboards
KP- What is your favourite Travel detstination/why?
Basque Country and New York. Culture, art.
KP – What is your most noticeable characteristic?
KP- Who is your favourite superhero?
KP – Who are your hero’s in real life?
My friends, Michele, John Steinbeck, Tom Blake, Duke Kahanamoku, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Dylan
KP – What do you value most in your friends?
KP- What is your most treasured possession?
My guitar strap Michele made me
KP – If you could choose what to come back as what/who would it be?
KP – Which words phrases do you overuse?
You know what I mean
Which living person do you most admire/why?
Michele, because she’s so dedicated to our kids having a healthy life in every sense.
KP – If money was no object what would you do?
Make records full time.
** Catch Spirit of Akasha at The Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron Bay **