The street art scene is very much alive in
Q. Where in
A. I grew up in
Q. Children make an appearance in your art, usually dressed up as super heroes. What is the story behind this and were you one of those children who wished to be a super hero?
A. I was always into batman as a child I don’t know why batman in particular but it seems everyone had a superhero that they related to as a kid. I like to create work that engages a broad audience and that is the beauty of creating work on the street. Since my work often deals with loss and memory, it’s important to do some nostalgia pieces.
Q. What is it about brown boxes that you enjoy to use in your art?
A. I don’t know. That came out of a series of rubbish pieces that I did. About a year ago some friends and I were painting a wall one day in
Q. Living in
A. Yes and no.
Q. Toys, children, balloons, and bears have been great staples in your art. What can you tell us about this child-like imagery and do you pull scenes from your own childhood into your work?
A. Yeah I guess it all relates back to the superhero pieces. A lot of it is based around the themes of disposability in modern society, loss of identity over time etc. A lot of the work I am exploring at the moment relates to child homelessness. I guess different themes weave in and out of my work at different times.
Q. Have you ever been to
A. I spent a couple of days in LA years ago but didn’t paint anything, I am hoping to come over later this year and I will definitely be painting when I get there.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I started a new painting this week and I am finishing a wall in west end today. I also have some design work happening at the moment.
Q. There seems to be more of an acceptance of street art in the mainstream culture. Since street art was very underground when it first started, do you feel that this acceptance helps or hurts the street art scene?
A. For the most part I definitely think that it’s a good thing. When I started writing graffiti I was broke so I eventually embraced criminal elements to substitute my income. These days it’s possible for us to make a living off of our art alone and this has pushed many street artists out of the shadows and given us the funding to create bigger, bolder and more impressive works.
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