Genuine Human Art • Artist Spotlight
What got you in to Crypto art?
I was introduced to it through Signalnoise and Gav Strange (Jamfactory). I had been aware of it but there was a gap in my understanding they closed that gap for me. A lot of my art is about existing in that digital space and the vision that we once had for that and so crypto art ties into that very neatly.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Mostly in music these days. I hear sounds and I see scenes. Most of my art has a narrative to it in one way or other and that comes from feelings and moments that come to me while I listen to music. If I'm working on a piece, I'll often spend some time going trawling for the right album or track to help me find the vibe.
What do you think of traditional artwork?
I have a huge admiration for many forms of artwork and especially those forms where you can feel the craft and the dedication needed. Every piece of traditional artwork displays its history in a way, in how it has been built up. I love that. It's funny because I used to feel that maybe we'd lose that with digital art. We haven't. Digital art has a soul. It's just sometimes a different soul.
Do you think your art is fulfilling a purpose?
That is a tough question. It fulfills a purpose for me. It's an expression. It often comes from quite a deep place. Once it's out there, I guess that question should be directed at those who see it.
How did you start out as an artist?
I have been drawing as long as I can remember. If I go all the way back to my first memories, I was already drawing. I loved comics and I loved cartoons and so, after some detours (dropping out of sciences in university), I found animation and made that my career. My artistic exploration, however, didn't end there and, oddly, I feel like I start out as an artist over and over again as I discover new things.
Who or what inspires your work?
My personal artwork is like an expression of the world I thought we'd have. So it goes all the way back to my childhood influences: cyberpunk, 2000AD, movies, early games, even heavy metal - who doesn't love the classic Iron Maiden album covers, for example? That's why, now, synthwave music is a big source of inspiration because it's very much in the now and it is new and yet it channels the soul and sounds of the era when all my inspirations were around me.
Which other artist(s) do you admire?
I'm a big fan of a lot of the classic comic artists, such as Kevin O'Neill, Carlos Ezquerra and artists from that generation. Of course artists like Moebius and Syd Mead too - they're obvious. Now, Signalnoise - he created the synthwave look. There are many more. Too many to mention. Artists are amazing.
Final question, what’s next for you as an artists?
I never really look that far ahead when it comes to my art. I make what inspires me at the time and, for me, that's important. Even with all those retro influences, each piece is about the now. And when that time passes, those pieces will mark a point in time. So I'm just going to continue moving forward and see where that takes me.
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