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The Rock-itt : August 2010
A Man and His Art When I first saw the CD album cover for Beaches band, "Sunroom", I was overwhelmed. It was both innovative and fascinating. I knew that the creation had come from someone special as it showed so much interesting detail combined with a myriad of beautiful colours. Wanting to find out more of the artist who had created this masterpiece, I contacted "Sunroom" who gave me enough information to finally track the artist down to his studio in the industrial centre of our Beaches suburb of Brookvale. The artist's name is Caspian deLooze and from his studio, amid a jungle of surfboard factories, all kinds of different industrial shops, car wrecking yards, dance schools and sail makers' sheds, Caspian is bringing with his art, a wealth of creative culture to our Northern Beaches. Born in England in 1972 while his parents were travelling, Caspian was brought back to Australia at six months old to his family home in St Ives where the family resided for a period until moving four years later to the seaside town of Byron Bay. Here Caspian attended the local Catholic school and even at an early age began to create drawings and paintings which were completely different to any of the other children at the school. It was at Christmas and Easter when the subject of the birth of Christ and the crucifixion were the subjects for the children to depict when Caspian's art stood out. Where most of the students would paint a nativity or crucifixion scene in the contemporary art form, Caspian's expressions were ones of pain and suffering, actually showing blood dripping from Christ's wounds and the scourge marks, and spear and nail wounds in his side, hands and feet. The nuns, priests and other students and their parents would look at these graphic depictions by Caspian, gasp and raise their eyebrows and soon Caspian was looked upon as someone suffering from an eccentric behaviour syndrome. But Caspian managed to put it all behind him. As Caspian grew older and time evolved, he enrolled at Lismore