Shane Turner is an artist that I feel will leave a huge impact on the art scene due to his willingness to experiment and stand out. Based in
When did you first start painting? What did you paint?
I've been drawing since I was a kid. Painting really just gradually stemmed from that, when I was about 15 or 16 I started taking it seriously. The first things I painted were a mixture of original drawings based on years of trying to redraw characters from comics, graffiti styled lettering, and trying to copy magazine ads.
Tell me about your simulated “dripping” paintings. Why did you decide to use the female form for these simulations?
Over the years I've tried to figure out interesting ways of approaching common subject matter to try to make my work stand out. The idea of trying to imagine how liquid would follow specific contours seemed like a cool thing to try to do. Putting that idea to work combined with the illusion toward the female form was a no brainer for me. The female form has always been inspiring to me; I really think it's one of the most beautiful things in nature.
The pieces that have women wearing sunglasses have a retro/fashion feel. Are you paying homage to a certain time period or fashion era? What is the symbolism of the painted city that is shown as a reflection in the glasses?
I've learned a lot from advertising over the years in terms of design, and a lot of the imagery I worked with initially was appropriated from parts of old magazine ads. Fashion is definitely a big interest of mine, and I think these paintings represent that fairly well. There are elements of comic style drawing, fashion, and pop-art feel. So there's not necessarily a specific era in mind, but more of a fashion theme with a lot of negative space to convey a design that most people can associate with. The city reflection was really a combination of my interest in the architectural landscape and the beauty of the
How do you involve music into your pieces?
It's funny actually, I usually don't realize until I've done it. That's why most of my pieces wind up with a song title as their name. I listen to music all the time, and sometimes I'll try to envision what a song might mean, or how it might look if you had to put it into a single frame like a painting. The idea of reimagining elements from one art form and representing them in a different way has always intrigued me. It's probably similar to when you see a music video for a song you like; sometimes you're totally in sync with the vision of the director. But sometimes you might feel differently as to the meaning or feeling of the song and how it was portrayed. It has a lot to do with my connection to the music I listen to and how it affects me on a subconscious level.
One of my favorite pieces of yours is “Brick By Brick”. It has a street art feel to it by giving the illusion of spray paint on a brick wall. How have you been influenced by street art?
When I was about 9, I was introduced to the culture of tagging and graffiti in general by friends of my older brother. Since then I've always tried to find ways to adopt the styles of graffiti lettering and characters in my work. Also, like the city reflection in the glasses, the actual feeling of the city has always been something that I liked: the look of a city during the day versus night, and just all the textures on roads, walls and buildings. Brick by Brick was one of my attempts at recreating those textures with paints and mediums, and doing a female figure in my style that could resemble street art. But yeah, it was definitely a response to how street art has become accepted as art thanks to artists like Banksy. People literally will remove sections of their walls to preserve and profit from sections of wall Banksy has painted on. His work is very inspiring in general, and it's nice to see people starting to respect the talent of new generations of artists.
How is the art scene in
Oh man, I wish I knew. Since I was 17 I've been selling my work independently and marketing myself online, relying heavily on word of mouth. I'm not as big a part of the scene as I want to be, yet. There are definitely big things happening all the time that I hear about in
What are you currently working on?
I am working on more experimentation with the female form. Also, I am trying to take the colorful dripping style in a more linear direction to focus on the contrast between straight lines and the natural curves of the body. Also, luckily, a lot of commission work in the form of murals and original paintings, which help fund my artistic endeavors. Interestingly, one of them is likely going to involve the LA city skyline, so look out for that. I've also been working on my video editing skills for my YouTube channel where I have recently started posting making of videos of some of my work.
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Fusing Japanese culture with romance themed art, Lady AIKO has made a name for herself as a fearless artist on the East Coast. Her pieces can only be described as snap-shots of the essence of femininity with a touch of sass complimented by her use of mixed media. Her bold and pop-art inspired masterpieces brought resurgence to the streets of
Why did you choose the name AIKO and what does it symbolize for you?
It is my real name Ai-LOVE Ko-LADY
Do you feel that there is a void in the street art scene when it comes to female artists? Why or why not?
I think it doesn't matter male or female to create art and expose ourselves. I love that the scene is open to everyone.
What are some ideas you visualize when capturing the essence of female femininity in your art?
Positivity, beauty, sex, love and life...
What techniques and accomplishments did you achieve while you were in your street art collective “FAILE”?
It was like school time. We all were art and media college student and we brought our skills from the class room to the FAILE studio. I have learned basic technique of print making, stenciling, collaging, wheat pasting and all types of the street action. I really got into outdoor stenciling.
How would you classify your style of art?
Mix media art. Experimental art.
What can you share regarding your collaboration with Banksy? Were you surprised at how much media attention it received when it was included in “Exit Through The Gift Shop”?
I’ve made friends through street art traveling, festivals and museum exhibitions. Banksy was one of the international artist friends I made and he came to NY for the museum mission. When he took me to the museum tour, it was a really fun day. I was excited about the filming and happy to be a witness of this cool project.
What themes are fused in your art that attribute to your origins from
Discipline, craftmanship, zen, manga and cute.
When you think of living in
Street, multi culture, hardcore, pop.
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Many of your art pieces have a youthful and care-free vibe. How are you able to incorporate these emotions and human characteristics in your art?
I draw people on the bus, or at the airports, in the bar or at park. I draw my friends, my sisters, sleeping or taking the coffee. My pictures depict everyday moments that for me represent the real magic of life: the way you live every single moment. I also think my artworks are done to be enjoyed in a precise moment, and one of the magics of street art to me is in the moment a person is passing by and is suddenly facing something he likes out of nothing.
Are your art pieces a representation of your personality?
I’m representing my way to live life, my point of view.
It seems as if the street art scene is dominated by male artists. How important is it to show the female artistic side of the street art scene?
As an artist I think that what is important is to show your self as you are. The value is more about style and personality. But from a woman’s point of view I think It is important to propose a real woman as a model in a world where TV and magazine ads paint them basically as cooks or given sexy dolls that are supposed to reflect—or cause—their aspiration to be nothing but beautiful. Things haven’t changed that much, even if sometimes it appears on the surface as though it has.
To continue with the last question, why is it essential for you to depict strong and independent women in your art?
I am interested in using female models outside of the typical clichés. I get annoyed by female stereotypes where women are seen either as sexual objects or cartoon heroines. My work, instead, depicts the lives of women from a young girl’s perspective, portraying the (sometimes brutal) aspects of today’s reality. In general, I am interested in the representation of human feelings.
What are the challenges you have faced with putting your art in public streets?
Street art is a way to completely and freely express myself, without the constraints I have when painting for commission. When I paint in studio I’m just with myself. It’s an intimate and creative moment in which the goal is the artwork. In the streets there are many other factors, like the people, the adrenaline, the location, that make the act of painting ‘alive.’
I’ve never been arrested but I have been stopped by the police painting in Rome and Madrid but I was lucky—they let me go! We are lucky that some policeman love art.
What female artists have inspired you in your career?
Woman artists I like are Artemisia Gentileschi , Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle, and Cindy Sherman.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am preparing the next big wall and a solo show. I will continue to paint, travel, and be agitated.
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A main reason I have always been taken by art is because it is a chance for artists to be fearless and honest in their pieces. The artist Fin DAC is a great example of this. He allows his art to take the lead and does not confine his creative process to limited standards. Fin DAC’s ability to think beyond the realms of the norm and allow his art to have its own reign shows the true spirit of his artistic freedom. This is his story…..
Where are you originally from and how did you first begin your journey in the art world?
I’m originally from Ireland but have lived the majority of my life in London. My journey into the art world started from a very dark place/period in my life and the necessity to find something to drag me out of it. I would rather have done it another way but I guess I had to have nothing to lose before I realized I had everything to live for.
Tell me about the meaning of your name Fin DAC.
Fin (Finbarr) is my real name. The DAC stands for Dragon Armoury Creative and was the name of my online portfolio for web and graphics work. The dragon logo was originally designed for that but I wanted to use it as my signature for my artwork… I had no idea then that, in terms of my creativity, the art would render everything else redundant.
Many of your pieces have an Asian styled/culture inspired theme. How did this start and what fascinates you about this subject?
My interest in Asian art runs the gamut from Manga through to ancient manuscripts etc. It took me a while to figure out how I could infuse my art with that aesthetic and still make it original. But I found a way of working that suits me and I like the fact that there is nothing sexual or objectifying about my imagery. I have built up a great connection with my models/muses and that definitely adds to the process… as I see us like a weird family unit.
What is Urban Aesthetics? Why did you create this paint style?
Urban Aesthetics is a modern-day take on an old 19th century arts movement called Aestheticism. Something about its sentiment that ‘art need not be didactic but only to present beauty’ struck a chord with me. The creation and evolution of it was all about my desire to not have my creativity defined or stifled by others’ opinions and whether or not my work ‘fitted-in’.
Does Urban Aesthetics allow you to have creative originality and separate you from other urban artists in the street art scene?
My experiences of the street art scene in London had given me this mind frame of being an outsider: I wanted to use that as a positive rather than a negative. Creating a different genre highlighted that I was an outsider but also that I was proud of it. In my head, that took all the power away from the haters and empowered me to be what I wanted to be. It was a bit of a psychological trick but, nevertheless, a very effective one.
What is Beautiful Crime? What role do you play as Artistic Director?
Beautiful Crime is a new voice and entity in the art scene with 3 main strands:
- the ART BLOG: which focuses on all aspects of street and urban, digital, interactive and contemporary art
- the ONLINE
- OFFLINE ANTICS: Curating and putting on art shows as well as collaborations (through our Crime Lab) with other brands giving artists the chance to work with the fashion, music or entertainment industries
I do everything and anything from suggesting content for the blog, offering creative input on site design and layout (I was a web designer before I went full-time with the spray can) to suggesting ideas for brand collaborations (such as live sprays). I also have an insider’s knowledge of what urban art talent is out there, so I recommend artists for both the online shop and the collaborations.
Out of all your different pieces of art, which is your favorite and why?
It is usually the latest piece: simply because in my eyes there is nearly always an improvement each time. The portrait of my estranged daughter that I painted in Vitry Sur Seine, Paris in 2010 is the one that means the most though and I really hope that one day she gets to see it in some form or other.
In your opinion, what defines a street artist? Why do you stay away from the typical street art scene?
I am in no position to define what a street artist is… I leave that to others. For me, as soon as u define something u limit what it can be. Definitions are for people who have too much time on their hands and not enough freedom in their souls
I stay away because I want to live my life to its full potential and not have it defined by people telling what I can or can’t be and what I should or shouldn’t be. That type of negativity restricts the possibility of doing so immeasurably.
What do you want your art to say about you?
Nothing at all. I want my art to speak for itself and find its own place in the world. As a creator I have no control over how it speaks to the world so I shouldn’t expect it to say anything for me either.
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