Mediums: Acrylic paint, household paint, watercolour, paint pens, spray paint and video
Style: Post Modern Pop Art, Post Modern Satire, Live painting and Speed Painting Videos.
Favorite Quote: “Always be yourself…. unless you suck” – Joss Whedon
Favorite Books: LOTR, All the Potters, Ham On Rye, Catcher In The Rye, and loving the Hunger Games at the moment.
Favorite Movies: All of them (bar anything by Bay!...R.I.P TMNT)
My art mainly represents contemporary culture via pop art; I embrace our materialistic nature, which often defines who we are. My paintings in their very essence are post modern, they are all about the outside world. I film the whole process of the paintings being created, this turns the process into as much a part of the art as the final painting, and adds a history and story to the art.
First experience creating.
No idea, umm I used to draw He-Man on my wall as a kid and also had a Spider-man and TMNT phase. It was always about comic book art as a kid and still is, this can be seen in all my art, it all has a very comic book aesthetic and style.
What music do you like to have playing while creating art?
Podcast so it feels like I have friends, maybe a bit of Jovi when times get bad.
If you have a job besides being an artist, can you tell us about it?
Nope this is all I do! When I write my ‘employment’ on forms I have to write ‘artist’ which sounds so pompous and a bit gittish!
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
Entertainment… My mantra is Kurt Cobain’s line… ‘Here We Are Now Entertain us.’
Think, Sleep, Draw, Paint, Film, Edit, Sleep, Eat, PS3
Everything bar art! I’m a firm believer that art is about everything except art, if you want to make great art don’t surround yourself with galleries and the ‘art’ world, read, watch, run, that will make art great.
Have you sold many artworks?
Yes many, many paintings, mainly via my web site (splinteredstudios.com) but also via YouTube, Facebook and other social sites. Also on the streets in galleries and exhibitions, but the Internet is the new gallery…. FaceBook and Splintered Studios sites are my galleries and shops and YouTube is my TV channel…… I can get more viewers, sales, and discussion online in 10 minutes that I can get on the street in a year.
How do you promote your art online?
All the social media sites, newsletters and continually updating my site to keep it fresh.
Kubrick, Lennon, Warhol, Jovi, Whedon everything I see…. Todd McFarlane made me want to be an artist, Kubrick made me want to film the world and Warhol gave me an artistic concept I could get on board with.
Can you recommend another artist you admire?
Oh god, I’m not good at things like this, C215, I’m really into his work at the moment, he is a French (not sure why that’s relevant) stencil street artist, amazingly good and make me feel very talentless and inferior.
Tell us something interesting in your life
I once had to take a ring to this big old mountain and destroy it so it didn’t take over the world, it was a long old walk and bit boring but my mate Sam and my PSP kept me company. We managed to destroy this ring thing in the end and then got to fly on a big old eagle, which was fun.
Ummm calling teachers Mum was always pretty bad.
If you could live your life over again, would there be anything you would do differently?
Think of better answers for these questions and stop making jokes like a child.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
Live, live, live, I really want to start painting live at events and interact a lot more with people, the draw back of the web is lack of interaction with real people.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Really just do it, be confident, I started by getting a credit card and setting up a business and went from there, just make yourself happy. When life gives you a lemon throw it back and say give me something better than that.
Stephen Quick - The Internet is my Gallery
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