When’s your next Art show?
What are you wearing?
That’s a little forward. That’s me in the photo above holding a wild butterfly while playing pool at a bar.
What is your mission?
I believe that art should be technically skilled and free to interpretation.
How is shipping handled?
Original artwork is floated inside custom packaging. Please read my “how to ship art” blog post to learn more.
Where can I see your resume and read your bio?
Visit the about page.
In what context would your work best be viewed? Why?
In person because photographs don’t do it justice. You can see the brush strokes and texture in person.
Are there any “signature” or repeating elements in your work?
I’d have to go with reflections.
What are your interests and/or obsessions?
I’m obsessed with my dog Coco, mostly because she’s super sweet and adorable.
Is your work narrative?
I would say that my work can be narrative, I rely on iconography quite a bit. I’m generally trying to tell a story of somekind.
Is your work autobiographical?
I believe that all art is autobiographical in some way. I’m largely influenced by my environment, everyday conversations, and the people I surround myself with. I think it’s hard to argue that the artist does not come out in the art. We paint, or create what we do, based on our beliefs and our relationship with the world around us.
Does your artwork attempt to make a statement or comment on the world around you? How?
Sometimes I offer a synthesis between juxtaposed ideas while leaving the artwork free to interpretation – which can be a challenge. Like the kid playing with a dead dolphin on a beach painting. I was attempting to make a statement about the environment and how we as a species aren’t doing anything to solve the 6th mass extinction except to argue about it.
Are you interested in making art that possesses beauty? What is beautiful to you? What does using beauty in your work do?
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, —that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” – Keats
Are you interested in depicting the grotesque? What is grotesque to you? What does using the grotesque in your work do?
Yes. I belive grotesque art is 15 times more effective in getting a message accross. I got that number from a marketing stats measure of virality and negative feedback. Also the best art was considered grotesque when it first arrived on the art scene, like Michel-Angelo, Monet or Leonardo Da Vinci’s artwork. There are a whole lot of artists whom painted grotesque things many of which are household names now.
What kind of reaction do you want viewers to have towards your work? What do you hope they will experience, see, feel, walk away with?
I want people to love my artwork and I want them to leave inspired. Whenever I see a really good art exhibit I leave motivated. I want people to feel that when they see my artwork.
Is your work social? How? Is your work political? In what way?
My work is not always political but it can be. The best example would be my painting titled, “The Prophets”. The painting was a reproduction of Caravaggio’s “The Entombment”. This work was deemed “The Most Offensive Painting Ever?” by the Huffington post. I painted it a long time ago and I’ve improved tremendously in technical skill since then. However I wonder if I’ve improved ideologically since then; we humans tend to be a bit more rebellious in our youth.
If you could speak to the world, what would you say? Why?
Desire causes suffering. I would say this because it’s important to know what happiness is and how to achieve it. Also, saying that everything has been painted is like saying that every song has been written. Saying that abstract-conceptual art is the epitome of painting is like saying that Disco is the epitome of music.
Is investigation an aspect of your creative process? How is this connected to meaning in your work?
The artistic choices that I make are dependent on what I learn about subject while investigating it.
Is intuition an aspect of your creative process?
I come up with concepts out of intuition, and sometimes use intuition to create more complicated forms, however, I generally do things on purpose. My brush strokes are the result of years of honing and training, not randomness justified through thoughtlessness.