There is little that is known about artist Barnie Page. By day Page, like many others, is a mere student studying Illustration at the coveted University of Brighton. But by night, perhaps Page's spiritually illuminating and life affirming work; that look as if they belong on a Pink Floyd cover,places him amongst those that are already in the vast and ever growing group of the University of Brighton's elite. Page's work speaks for itself - in a manner of solar shapes and twi-lit colours. With an evident use of symbols that appear to span back to the earliest of religions, hieroglyphics and even so far as cave man like carvings, Page gives birth to the story of creation unvailing the spectacular first moments of life for the universe and solar system in each piece. Barnie took some time out to talk to us here at The405. Check it out! During which part of your life did being an "artist" appeal to you the most and make you structure your life around becoming one? I didn’t begin to ‘structure’ my life around becoming an artist until I cancelled an application to a French degree in favour of an art foundation course. But I first began enjoying drawing and appreciating art in like year 5 or 6 when I drew a portrait of Desmond Llewelyn. How has art changed your life? Well, I’m not studying French anymore. Some of your pieces seem to be be heavily influenced both spiritually and religiously, including various related images and symbols How far would agree with this? If so, what was your reasoning behind creating this type of iconography? I totally agree.  I’m curious about enlightenment, whether religious or intellectual, and the rituals and/or processes involved in achieving it, as well as things like crystal healing and fortune telling.  The imagery on the covers and inside those books about yoga and stuff that people hand out in the street is awesome. I guess to some degree I appropriate what I see in such literature. I went to a meditation class recently and the posters in the temple blew my mind. Back when I was studying for my Art A Level, my work was always criticized for it's lack of not wanting to "fill the whole page" and "leaving lots of white space". However a lot of your work seems to do just that. Was this a conscious decision? There’s always a conscious decision involved in the composition of a piece of work, obviously with photoshop it’s pretty easy to mess around with composition and try things out on different backgrounds. The use and exploration of shapes is also very apparent in your work. Can you explain why shapes frequently seem to be the center of your pieces? Shapes have been a focus due to the subject matter of my recent work. Symbols are very important to religions and cults, I’ve tried to reflect that importance. Who or What inspires you into creating a new piece? It’s quite often stuff that comes to mind when I’m trying to get to sleep, which is annoying because I usually fall asleep and forget about it lol. Can you tell us a little more about your book Petrified Forests? Will there be any books like this made in the future? Will they be made available to buy? I made it for a brief that Professor George Hardie (name drop) set for my class, for which each of us had to make a book in an edition of five.  I chose the theme of enlightenment, which had been on my mind for a while, and made a book about it.  I intend to make some more copies of it in time for Brighton Zine Fair this weekend, if not then they should be available soon through my website. There is another book, or rather a zine, in the pipeline, I’ll let you know more about it when it’s closer to fruition. As an art student yourself, has it been difficult to become recognized for your work and to build yourself a reputation working under that student typecast amongst other established artists? Well, as I’m still a student and haven’t had a paid job to date I would say that I’m yet to build myself a reputation and a portfolio. I guess I need to do that before I’ll start getting recognition. Do you think you will ever refine or change your style and that seen in your work? I’m still in the process of finding my style so I’m sure changes will be seen in the coming months. How does your photography play a part in your work? I’ve been experimenting with photography for a few years now but I still can’t really get my head round a few aspects of it, I like the spontaneity of it as opposed to the more considered approach I use in the compositions of my drawn work. More recently I have begun to use photography as a tool to build up an archive of images that I could use in the future for reference or as an element in a composition. Does music influence you creativeness at all? What have you been listening to a lot of on your Ipod/mp3 player recently? What I listen to and what I draw tend to feed one another.  Recently my iPod has seen a lot of Hot Cross, Weezer, Circle Takes The Square and Cass McCombs. And finally, what does the future hold for Barnie Page? In regards to your work, new projects and any other personal aspirations you have in life. Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout out to? I’m happy to keep going the way I am, although I hope to do more work and read more books. Massive shout out to the boys in Zeegen Youth. Be sure to check out more of Barnie's work by visiting his Official Website here - Aaron Hunt