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Happiness is... extreme and unapologetic

‘Something happened when we decided to work together; it was kind of magic. It was like it just clicked’, says Will of his extraordinary and beautiful partnership with Garrett, which they named ‘the Huxleys’.

1 The Huxleys, 2018 Sally Ross. Private collection. © Sally Ross. 2 Small Town Boy (Perth), 2018 Will & Garrett Huxley. Courtesy of the artists. © Will & Garrett Huxley. 3 Small Town Boy (Surfers Paradise), 2018 Will & Garrett Huxley. Courtesy of the artists. © Will & Garrett Huxley.

Will and Garrett were suburban boys on opposite sides of the country; Garrett grew up on the Gold Coast, while Will was raised in Perth.  Both were fish out of water in their standard Aussie backyards. As Garrett explains, ‘[it was a] tough environment to grow up in if you were different and couldn’t disguise those differences’. Melbourne drew them both, and it was there in 2006 – pursuing their lives and their art – that they met and fell in love. With each thrilled and fulfilled by the other, it wasn’t long before they started to collaborate, discovering that their inspirations and art practices had a boundless synergy. The result is the cross-disciplinary phenomenon that is the Huxleys, with artistic output simultaneously joyous, irreverent, hysterical, escapist, shocking, and of course, glamorous.  These self-proclaimed ‘gay terrorists’ continue to do precisely what makes them happy, and are content to ‘wait for the world to catch up’.

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