Josh Santospirito is an “artist” – Facebook artist page


Joshua Santospirito is a visual artist, an illustrator, a musician and a writer.

Josh grew up in suburban Melbourne, has lived in Sydney, Alice Springs. He now lives in a veggie patch in Hobart. He brews beers, ciders, perries, fruit-wines and preserves apricots … he also eats them. He has worked in mental health as a nurse for a number of years, working in Central Australian Aboriginal communities and in Hobart, Tasmania. In 2013 he started San Kessto Publications together with Nadine Kessler. He is the creator and organiser of Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival; a comics and illustrator’s festival in Hobart, Tasmania, which had its first year in June 2014 on the Queen’s birthday weekend.

His first graphic novel, The Long Weekend in Alice Springs was published in 2013 and can be bought from San Kessto Publications. This book was adapted from the 2004 essay of the same name by Craig San Roque about the psychology of cultural group behaviours. It was awarded the Chief Minister’s Northern Territory Read Non Fiction Book Award, the ComicOz Award for 2013 and was shortlisted at the 2014 Ledger Awards. Josh is currently working on his next graphic novel. Josh’s comics have been published widely throughout Australia, most notably in Meanjin and Island

Music and Sound Art
Santospirito has performed his strange and beautiful music since 2005 under the name Drive West Today. This has included playing at various Australian festivals, including MONA FOMA, Dark MOFO, Wide Open Space, the Forest Festival and played concerts all over Australia. DWT has also had three European tours – travelling to Berlin (2008, 2012), Switzerland and Spain (2012) and Finland/Turkey in 2014. More information.

Josh has been active in promoting the experimental music scene in Australia and hosted a radio show focusing on experimental and innovative music on Edge Radio called The Musical Dissidents for 2 years, and he has also been involved in organising and curating Sound Art and experimental music events through Sound Klub in Hobart.

The most reliable way to contact Josh is e-mail – disco_jeans (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au

You could also follow Josh on Twitter Follow @Drivewesttoday


Curriculum Vitae


2015, July – Sleuth: The Pulse, Constance ARI, (Hobart, Tas)

2015, April – Sleuth: the DelegationTuggarenong Arts Centre (ACT)

2014, August – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs. Santospirito and San Roque present the original art from the graphic novel, Top Gallery (Hobart)

2014, April – Sleuth: the DelegationSawtooth ARI, (Launceston)

2013, May – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs. Santospirito and San Roque present the original art of Josh’s at Watch This Space (Alice Springs, NT).

2012, November – Sleuth: The Origin – Inflight Art Gallery (Hobart, Tas). Comprising numerous series of comics intersecting across the walls of the Paddy Lyn memorial space detailing an animistic reinvigoration of the Australian landscape.


Select Group Exhibitions

2012, April Its my party and I’ll die how I want to, social engagement artwork with Sara Wright, Nadine Kessler, Dr Bruce Wilson at MoMa.

2010, December – Dog, with Dan Murphy and Craig San Roque at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs as part of Watching this place organised by Watch This Space Artist Run Initiative.

2008, December – Respond with Nadine Kessler as part of the Container Project, Taste Festival Tasmania, organised by 6a and Inflight ARI.


Awards / Grants / Major Reviews

2013 – Assistance to Individuals Grant from Arts Tasmania

2013 – Review in The Australian Newspaper

2014 – ComicOz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013 – for The Long Weekend in Alice Springs

2014 – NT Read Non Fiction Book Award \ ($2000) –  for The Long Weekend in Alice Springs


Selected Festivals – Writing, sound-art, music and visual art

2009, 2010, 2013 – Wide Open Space

2010, 2013, 2014 – MONA FOMA

2012 – Forest Festival

2013 – Tasmanian Writers Festival

2013 – Dark MOFO

2014 – Director of Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival

2014 – Wordstorm – NT Writers Festival

2015 – Digital Writers Festival


Selected Publication History

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs – Sankessto Publications, 2013

Fluid Prejudice – Glass Flag Press, 2014

Oi Oi Oi #1, 2014

Island Magazine #137, 2014

Meanjin September 2014


Albums released under the project name of Drive West Today.

  • 2003 – the child & the tractor
  • 2004 – The balloon
  • 2005 – feather
  • 2006 – Is this a desert? (reviewed in Cyclic Defrost Magazine)
  • 2011 – A shitload less understanding than what is required
  • 2012 – Acousmatic Ecology part 1 – a query
  • 2012 – pardon? Acousmatic Ecology part 2


A non-exhaustive list of other fellow artists that I reckon are worth their spit

Chris Downes
Pat Grant
Bernard Caleo
Mandy Ord
Rachel Tribout
Andrew Fulton
Sam Wallman
Trent Jansen
Matt Warren
Anthony Magen
Nadine Kessler
Tom O’Hern
Elliat Rich
Beth Sometimes
Jennifer Mills
Tricky Walsh
Caroline Anderson
Alex Kershaw


One Response to “Who?”


  1. Joshua Santospirito’s Craig San Roque’s Long Weekend in Alice Springs | Me fail? I fly! - February 3, 2014

    […] other things, Santospirito happened to be a once and future comics artist. (His web site is here.) As he meditated on the essay, he began drawing, and the drawings led in time to this […]

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