In this new series of work I've been focusing a little more on the paintings, and a little less on the drawings (for now). The vibe of the work I would hope varies from individual to individual. But I think the work loosely recreates everyday life in a fragmented, lonely, and sometimes funny way.
3) What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
When I was young I used to spend my afternoons, and most weekends with my aunty who at the time was a full-time artist. She would always encourage me to draw, which would generally result in me drawing whatever was on TV fused with whatever wildlife she happened to be painting. She recently told me she has kept all these drawings in a portfolio over the years. I can't wait to see them.
I like to start pieces in the evening, and finish them when I wake up. But I just work when ever it hits me.
To quote one of Canada's finest..
"What happens in the train yard stays in the train yard." - Other
6) For those new to your work, can you give us a lil’ background on the meanings associated with some of your recurring characters like your bears and birds.
As far as meaning goes, I think that it is really open ended. I feel that the animal imagery lends to the mystery of a piece, and can stir up different feelings, and emotions than that of the human figure.
7) What’s up with the eyes on your character’s boots/feet?
I don't know, these things have just came out of drawing excessively. I haven't been drawing eyes on the boots for quite some time now, but I mean who doesn't like to see where they are going.
8) Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
I don't like horses, at all.
9) Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Yes, music is very important to me. It's always on, painting/drawing or not. I like different kinds of music for the different activities that I'm doing. If I'm at the studio sometimes I'll play blues for hours, and hours, sometimes its just old rap. Sometimes it's Captain Beefheart all day long. I also like to have movies playing in the background as I paint.
10) If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
Over some noodles.
11) Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
Some of my favorite artists would have to include some of the Canadian Inuit artists such as, Peter Pitseolak, and Jessie Oonark, as well as the masters, Paul Klee, De Kooning, Philip Guston, to name a few.
12) What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after your solo show with us?
I will be having a solo show at Krets Gallery in Malmo, Sweden in May - June. As well as a group show at Together Gallery in Portland this May, and I think I'll be heading out to Islands Fold for a residency in June.
13) If people walk away with one thing gained from seeing one of your exhibits, what would you hope that would be?
Hopefully a smile.
14) What are you doing right after this interview?
Just about to get back to work, thanks Andrew.
He also has a super active Flickr site for his art here. In additon to his art, he's got a seperate Flickr site for his photographic work. One of my favorite polaroids he shot is below.
Untitled (New Works)
Opening Reception: Fri, March 13th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
'Sneak Peek' from the upcoming show here.