Jeff Raglus

Jeff Raglus

When you have such a passionate thirst for both music and art, time management can become an issue. However, Jeff Raglus makes it all look effortless. Always a pleasure to have a chat with, we were thrilled to have another chinwag with the artistic handyman.
Hey Jeff, it’s been a while since we have spoken. Today we are talking about art, as opposed to your other passion, which is music. How have you been lately?
We feel pretty busy of late. Besides our normal stuff of running and doing gigs, I have also been involved in three separate art exhibitions – two at Outré Galleries (Sydney and Melbourne) and this one coming up at Boom Gallery in Geelong. Besides all that, we have also been spending a lot of time working on our O/S tour which starts this June.
Just quickly, how is the music going?
I’d have to say it’s going well. The best thing we did with our last album was to do some film clips. That has really helped us in so many ways.
 Whilst most of our readers will be acquainted with your work, for those who are not, can you give us a description of the sort of pieces you do and your style? 
I guess I’d describe my style as pop art. This upcoming show at Boom is something different though. It’s all original poster art and mostly from the coast. I have also included some original Mambo graphics from the nineties, and other stuff that’s never been seen before.
Some of it is quite ‘collectable’ … such as original posters for the old Nash Hotel, which has gone now, as you know.
Tell us about your wonderful little space down in Aireys inlet. Is that still where all the magic happens?
Yes. I still paint and do graphics from my backyard studio. Everything in this Boom show was done in Aireys Inlet.
Tell us about what you have planned for Boom Gallery. We are led to believe there is some very interesting stuff that will be on display.
Yes, it’s a chance to own a little piece of local history … and some art all at the same time!
Can we expect much Mambo material to be on display?
Yes … I found stuff I didn’t even know I had! So many folders of old stuff I checked through!
What is one piece you will have on display that will blow people away?
The ‘Hemispheres’ World Music Concert poster for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Whilst there is material on display dating as far back as the ’90s, will there also be some more current stuff on display?
There is stuff from 1994 right up to 2014.
Have you used the Boom space before? Are you excited about doing a display in Geelong?
Well, I have been in some group shows at Boom, but never had my own show, so this is special. I love what they do there and the look and feel of the place. It’s a great gallery and Geelong is lucky to have it.
For those thinking about coming down, why should they make it a date?
It’s a one-off show. I’ve been meaning to show this stuff for years.
Anything else?
Yes! I’m doing an ‘artist’s lunch’ talk the next week. Could be fun and interesting!