1) How did you get started on your journey into art?
I come from a really deprived background; my mum would always get me doing art as it was something we could do that didn’t cost loads of money. She was an amazing artist who did furniture design, botanical illustration. We would always be making or creating things. Unfortunately she got ill when I was around 12 or 13 and I was kind of left to fend for myself and my artistic side dwindled till I was a bit older and discovered it again through music. I love all mediums including photography spoken word film and theatre. I did a music tech degree and a performance degree as well. I have worked on some amazing projects over the years. I’ve toured demark performing and even worked at Universal Studio in Japan. NFT art is something new to me and I find it incredibly exciting as I’m very anti-establishment and feel very strongly against the capitalistic system we are all stuck in. I remember at school when we would do creative stuff the teachers would say I was unconventional. Later in life I was diagnosed with ADD I guess my art really just shows how I see the world. NFT art is often really outside the box and the possibilities seem endless. When I look at the world around me I see things differently to how they actually appear. NFT art allows me to show how I see the world. It’s been nice to get stuck into something new, since all my industries I’m usually involved in stopped due to the pandemic. All of my NFT art as of yet revolves around my own photography.
2 Who are your favourite artists, NFT and traditional and on and why?
One of my all-time art heroes is Keith Haring, not only do I love the work he did but I loved that his art was for everyone he strived to allow the masses access to art. I really believe if he was alive today he would be really using the NFT platform to get his work out there. He was a very clever man and very political; he had no qualms with speaking out against the atrocities he saw in the world around him.
Another of my favourite artists is Yoshitaka Amano, I’ve always been a massive fan of the Final Fantasy game series and the artwork surrounding it I was lucky enough to get to a gallery of his when in Japan his work in real life was everything I wanted and more. His brush strokes and colour pallet have an almost dream like quality.
(Influential Artist Yoshitaka Amano)
3) Talk to us through your creative process.
I am not sure why but I see everything as a photograph just walking down the street the framing lines up and I see a perfect still image, I then see characters or colours bursting through almost like an acid trip. Maybe years of extracurricular activities have something to do with this but even as a child doing colouring in books I wouldn’t just stick to one colour in each section even creating a whole new image or pattern per section. In the past I would take copious amounts of kestrel to get in the zone. I have a tendency to not be able to focus on one task at a time and this would unlock my hyper attention. I am trying to step away from this creative process however it’s difficult but I think overall the artwork is stronger.
4) Give us images/links to your favourite (yours and inspirational) for the piece.
My favourite collection I’ve done so far is a selection of images I took in Japan, I have always loved Japan. Its culture and art has always been a fascination to me. When I got the chance to go and live and work there it was a dream come true, unfortunately I recently lost 120 gigs worth of images I took there leaving me only a few select pieces. I created this collection so that they would forever be remembered.
5) Any other exciting developments you need your public to know about?
The film called “OVERLOAD” that was recently released has just been accepted into a film festival which I’m really excited about as it’s the first film I was part of the writing process and all the spoken work within it was my own. I hope it does well if not, it’s just nice to know people will be able to view it at that kind of event. I have recently been teaching myself .gif animations and I have created a really nice one with a photo of a Joker sculpture I managed to snap while I a comic book store there is a little Easter egg in there if you have a magnifying glass…
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