Q&A

What gives David Kurzydlo's art meaning? ...part two

Read part one of our interview with David- HERE

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What are you addicted to?
Ink Master. I know it’s ridiculous. I have no tattoos. Don’t want any. The show sux. But if it’s on I'll watch it. Don’t judge me
 

Ø  What gives your art meaning?
My art is very personal and is a pouring out of emotion. I think the audience is able to connect with these emotions as we all feel, hurt, love, hate etc and this is the reason I make art. My work is honest and from the heart. I try to be original in a world saturated with imagery. I think about my work for a long time before I start making it. Thinking about the work takes way more time than actually putting marks on a surface. I take a lot of care with the things that I make
 

Ø  Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself when you started in the arts?
Networking is as important as actually making the work. Go to as many events as you can. Expand your audience with social media. It’s not enough to just produce. People need to see it, and as many people as possible before someone with more exposure starts ripping on you’re shit lol. I don’t attend half the events I should and have to force myself to use social media. It has probably hurt my career but whatevs. I’m still emerging. I have time right?
 

Ø  Have you ever worked overseas or thought about it? Where would you go and why?
I lived and worked in Berlin for a while. In Berlin you can do whatever you want. It kinda restored my faith in humanity. I had shows in LA and NYC at the end of 2016. That was fun. I have Italian heritage and feel at home in Italy so I’d love to live and work there for a while. Lets face it I want to go anywhere I haven’t been before
 

Ø  What things do you not like to do in your art?
Dealing with framers. I do a lot of work on paper, so dealing with framers is a must. If you find a good framer stick with them. I have a couple of excellent framers I deal with but it took a lot of trial and error to find them, and still they occasionally do my head in with the work they present. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect framer. I also dislike shipping work around. Like artists don’t already have enough costs to deal with and things to stress about !

Q&A with Western Australian painter Wayne Herring .....part two

Read part one of our interivew with Wayne HERE and details to connect HERE
Ø  Where is your happy place?

Definitely the beach. I love water. I love the reflections on the sea bed and the colours. I’m also happy with a good book and a coffee, or a coffee and great company. I could sit for hours on a secluded beach just taking in the world around and pondering. I love to ponder, don’t you?
 

Ø  What are you addicted to?
See above. Coffee, coffee coffee.
 

Ø  What gives your art meaning?
Surprisingly, emotion. There is so much emotion that goes into my paintings. Under all my acrylic pieces is a painted work or poem about something I’ve encountered or felt. Appreciation also gives my art meaning. Knowing that someone else can see and appreciate my creations just gives me a warm fuzzy. You know the type.....

 


Ø  What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
Well I’m about to realise one of my dreams of owning a villa in a tropical climate. Somewhere to ponder, relax and eventually retire. One of my biggest dreams is to find someone to love and cherish. Someone to be my best friend and partner. Someone to laugh and cry with and someone to help me sit and ponder. On that beach or in that villa. Someone to complete me and share life with....... gosh I’m such a romantic at heart.


Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
Well this is true. I have had a lot of jobs in different fields over the years. My current job as an onboard manager for Qantas is the longest stint I’ve had in any job. I just love it. I love meeting such diverse characters and working with some of the most caring people in the world. However, if you offered me a job to paint all day, create set design and create memories and to blog about them, all whilst sitting on that tropical beach or in the villa I wouldn’t say no.  

Reintroduction to David Kurzydlo ...part one

Allow me a moment to introduce myself.
My name is.... David Kurzydlo
Ø  What is your artistic discipline? Painting and drawing. I trained in natural history illustration and oil painting

Ø  What was your first job?
Picking blueberries in Corrindi

Ø  What gets you fired up?
Watching the place where I live become overrun by rules and regulations. I lived in an artist’s co operative for a period of time and on the fridge door was a sticker which read ‘Australian rules, there’s a new one every day. This is kind of how I feel. There are  so many aspects of the modern world which get me fired up but I’ll stop my rant here. I’m trying to be a more positive person lol

Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
Perhaps if the location of the new job was more interesting than where I was presently working


Ø  What risks are worth taking?
Risks for love. Risks for happiness. Risks for innovation. Risks for life. All worth taking
 

Ø  Where is your happy place?
Working in the studio with no phone and no distractions and no time limits on how long I can stay there.

Wayne Herring ...part one

Allow me a moment to introduce myself...
My name is:
Wayne Herring
What is your artistic discipline? There are a few. Ive always been creative and studied design at university with an honours degree in set design for theatre. I’m a self taught artist and tend to stick to acrylic and watercolour though pastels and oils also feature. I’m fairly new to watercolours and love the fluidity of it. Switching between acrylic and watercolour has its challenges as they both require very different application techniques.  
 

Ø  What was your first job?
My very first job was a newspaper round but then moved to working in a bakery at the early hours of the morning to pay my way through university. I’m definitely not an early morning person!
 

Ø  What are some of your technical/artistic/personal “rules” that you never break?
Honesty and integrity have always remained my personal values. When it comes to my art, Ive always been of the opinion that one must create work for fun, learning and expression and not for the dollar value. It gives me some sense of happiness whenever I gift or sell a painting knowing that a part of me has a good home and is appreciated for what it is.

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Ø  What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
Wow. Lots. Ive really had to learn how to let go of things. That’s quite a challenge when someone such as me becomes attached to ideas, ideals, art and people. Learning to let go of who I thought I was, society’s ideals and people’s expectations. I’m my art Ive had to unlearn perfection and perceived perfection. Learning to stop adding when you thinks it’s done.
 

Ø  What is next? Where are you heading with your work? 
I’m just starting... what is next? Well I think I’d love to explore more. Explore more self expression. I’m just learning that I do have a style and that I need to let people appreciate it. For years I always thought that I wasn’t good enough to sell and always had in my mind that “I will never be as good as them”. In actuality I’m heading in a direction of creating and refining my brand. I’m currently developing a Kimberley series in the north west of Western Australia.  
 

Ø  What things do you think should be done the old-fashioned way
Manners. One should always be polite and have manners. Oh and phone calls. These days people rely too much upon sms and email and the like and it’s very hard to get someone’s intentions this way. I love a good chat on the phone or over coffee. Emotions and intentions are so easily read this way and communication is all about body language and tone. The other thing that should be done the old fashioned way is dating. No one seems to date properly anymore, I dunno, call me old fashioned and a romantic if ya like.

Apeseven on living and painting by his rules ....Q&A part two

Read Part one of Apeseven's interview HERE

Ø  Where do the majority of your paid jobs come?

Murals

Ø  Who is your role model, and why?
Mohammed Ali, stand by your principals no matter the cost.

Ø  Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My parents

Ø  What risks are worth taking?
Being LVL 12 in Elder Scrolls and seigeing a castle by myself.

Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
All offers would be considered/listened to by none taken.

Ø  What gets you fired up?
The death of street art

Ø  Have you ever worked overseas or thought about it? Where would you go and why?
Yes. USA, because every person there is not trying to shut you down. they see you working hard to instigate change and fully support it.

Ø  How do you measure success?
Getting to paint whatever I want without some capitalist entrepreneur telling me what to paint.

Ø  If we're sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you, what did you achieve?
Painting as much as possible living by my rules for as much of the year as possible.

Ø  What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
When you live the way you want you no longer dream of what might be.

Ø  What gives your art meaning?
"ME"

Ø  What are you addicted to?
Muesli/oats

More Q&A with W.A artist Chloe Wilder ....part two

Ø  Where do the majority of your paid jobs come?

Mostly from word of mouth or from social media, being that i live in a rural town word of mouth is more common. I'm fortunate to have lots of lovely friends and clients that are willing to spread the love even more thickly than I spread peanut butter, which is despicably thick.
 

Ø  Who is your role model, and why?

As high profile role models go probably Baddie Winkle ....you have to look her up to understand just how few fucks she gives. Unapologetically herself. Badass. But in that same breath, anyone who has found in themselves the freedom to be comfortable and happy in being themselves through and through confidently, all of those people are my role models. Its not an easy thing to do. We are all pigeon-holed in one way or another and its so inspiring to see people letting all that shit go. I strive to be like those people.
 

 

Ø  What are some of your technical/artistic/personal “rules” that you never break?

I always like to know how to do something technically before I break it otherwise what is the point, for example I like to be able to paint a face realistically before I do some strange abstraction to it so that the product is a forceful departure from the normal rather than simply a happy accident, it forces me to think critically about what I am really trying to say. I also have this thing about never using black, I feel like there are more creative ways to show the shadowy side of life, it also is a little mantra just for myself about not taking things to a dark place, I have spent too much time there already, there is nothing you can’t say with colour…. Except maybe “this is what the colour black looks like”

Ø  What is next? Where are you heading with your work?

I am at a bit of a cross roads as I recently finished a series I’ve been working on for a number of years on female strength and sharing. I want to do another soon with a deeper message but I’m not sure where I will begin, it’s still percolating. For now I am enjoying not having a specific area to explore and I’m just practicing, doing smaller form and tone and depth studies and having fun being a little looser.

Ø  What are you addicted to?

Peeling dry paint off my palette and touching the smooth underside. I don’t know why I just admitted to that.

Sydney muralist Apeseven answered some questions for us ...part one

Allow me a moment to introduce myself.... 
My name is: Apeseven
What is your artistic discipline? Painter and installation artist

Ø  What was your first job?
Dish pig at a Butchers shop

Ø  What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
Architect

Ø  Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?
Skateboarding was my biggest teacher it taught me that no matter how many times I got fucked up and destroyed that I should get up not whinge, persevere and play the best hand dealt to me.

Ø  What are some of your technical/artistic/personal “rules” that you never break?
Never put acrylic over oil paint.

Ø  What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
Love after every interation of it.

Ø  What things do you not like to do in your art?
Dolphins and rainbows.

Ø  What is next?
My  Solo exhibition in November “LAZARUS RISING”

 

Where are you heading with your work?
My work has gone down a more ephemeral, esoteric tapestry of old world occult imagery heavily laden with symbolism.

Ø  When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Grabbing something from a high up.

Ø  If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Keep to the fucking left.

Ø  What things do you think should be done the old-fashioned way?
Everything

Ø  Where is your happy place?
Studio, just finishing a painting.

Ø  What kind of art do you enjoy most?
I enjoy laughing at home renovation “art” .