Your favourite piece of work that has been made into a shirt?
Probably the first Sydney Harbour drawing that we put on a t-shirt in the early Eighties. It was the start of a whole number of designs that created a whole business of art to wear.
If you could go back and give yourself any advice at the start of your art career, what would it be?
Bigger brushes, work faster.
How often did you get in trouble for drawing at school?
My exercise books would always start neatly for the first few pages and then become drawings and scribbles and ideas and thoughts of anything other than what I was supposed to be learning.
Your bold art is very popular in Japan and the influence can be seen reflected in the designs of certain Japanese streetwear labels. Have you ever been approached by one [Japanese label] for a collaboration?
I’m flattered by that thought, and we had a licensing arrangement in Japan for more than 7 years. For more than 13 years my original paintings were used on the cover of a weekly fashion and lifestyle magazine called Hanako.
What is your favourite piece of street art you’ve seen?
In the Fifties there were tiny posters advertising a great movie called ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’, they were designed by the great American illustrator Saul Bass. They still remain in my mind.
Do you get stage fright before an exhibition opening?
Even after more than 50 exhibitions in Australian and around the world it’s still a slightly nerve-wracking experience to see people’s response to your work. Fortunately it’s all been pretty favourable.