With Wango tango right around the corner its only fair to post up a cover of one of our artist whod be performing at the show. Figured id find a cover to the song i am most excited to see at the show and luckily enough one of my good buddies Luis recently posted this up. Make sure you guys follow this guy for great covers and all of his music projects.
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When researching for an artist to feature for this week I came across the amazing work of Tracy Lee Stum. Her 3-D art chalk pieces are internationally known and celebrated within the art community. As the current Guinness World Record holder for largest street painting by an individual, Tracy pushes the boundaries of the imagination and creates pieces that leave you saying “WOW”. This is her story….
Q. Tell me about your time at the
A. That was a terrific experience for me in that I was immersed in drawing and painting in the naturalist tradition, which certainly impacted my skills positively. Being in
Q. Do you like to incorporate your self-image in your pieces?
A. I’m not focused on my self –image through a drawn representation, if that’s what you mean. When I create works, I open them up for everyone to become a participant in the painting. I intend for my work to be inclusive, which means creating compositions that invite the viewer to complete the image by being an integral part of the piece.
Q. If you were only allowed to use one color of chalk, what color would you choose and why?
A. Easy – caput mortuum! Its literal meaning is “dead head” or “worthless remains.” It’s this amazingly rich and complex deep purple / burgundy / brown – it changes tone depending on what you lay next to it so I love that transformative aspect of this color. It was also called Cardinal purple. I love this color.
Q. How did your Guinness World Record come about? Do you still hold that record?
A. This was a serendipitous event in that I was contracted to create a painting for the
Q. I’ve read that you are interested in creating art festivals of your own in different parts of the world. How will your festivals differ from the ones that you have participated in and what type of artists are you hoping to showcase?
A. Actually I am not interested in creating festivals around the world – I am interested in educating other cultures about street painting through teaching workshop programs. I have introduced street painting to
Q. What are your thoughts on art education and how far do you think your art would have gone without it?
A. We all know that art education & practice are vital for healthy, thriving communities. In the
Q. Your art has reached international recognition and I’m sure that you have been asked many of the same questions from people who are interested in your art. What is one question that you wished people would ask you that they haven’t asked already? What would your answer be?
A. That’s tough as I think I have been asked every possible question related to street painting!
Here’s one: Did you ever imagine you’d be drawing on the street for a living when you were studying to be an artist? My answer: Never in a million years!
My advice to others in this regard – stay flexible, be open to the unexpected and don’t be afraid to go with what feels right!
Q. What is the best piece of advice someone has given you in regards to your art?
A. Two suggestions stand out for me:
1. Pay attention to the details!
2. It’s ok to let it all go!
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Timothy Teruo Watters is an artist who can create pieces that make you look beyond the lines and paint to something more. The detail in his paintings and his eye for vibrancy make his art not only enjoyable but awakening as well. With his constant progression as an artist and his drive to create pieces that positively influence his audience, Timothy has established himself as a true professional and innovator in his craft. This is his story…
Q. How old were you when you discovered your talent for painting?
A. Art has always been one of those things that I just did. I don’t remember when I first started, but I remember always doing something. I was that kid who never left his sketchbook and colored pencils anywhere. My grandpa influenced me tremendously with being a prolific Impressionistic painter as well as a carpenter, sketcher and stained glass creator. He bought me some brushes, paint and a canvas and sat me down in his studio, and said go. I think I was 13.
Q. What were some of the first subjects you painted?
A. The Impressionistic era focused on daily scenes as a direct break from religious and political pieces, thus, Van Gogh and all those wonderful painters depicted everyday scenes, flowers, etc. My grandpa found great joy in painting different still lives of flowers and sail boats in the
Q. What inspired you to paint celebrities and athletes and what has the feedback been so far?
A. As an artist you always want to evolve and develop your skills. As a kid I used to draw figures that had blank faces and hands because features were so difficult to do correctly. So as I gained experience and confidence, I wanted to further challenge myself. Painting people is an extreme challenge as I want my portraits to be faithful. I play a lot of sports and absolutely love music, so I thought I would challenge myself with painting well-known figures and honor some of my favorite musicians, political figures and athletes. The feedback has been very positive so far, thankfully!
Q. Many of your pieces have a stained glass feel with the color blue as a recurring element. Explain the significance of this.
A. The stained glass feel was not intentional but just came as a natural progression of my style development. It came about really early on while doing abstract pieces way back in late ’97/ early ’98. I love the use of simple elements such as lines. It is amazing how the placement of thin lines can transform a blank canvas into a picture! I love lines because they emphasize whatever they surround, but at the same time, all my lines connect with each other, literally tying all the pieces together. Blue is one of my favorite colors, especially electric blue. Blue connotates cold and melancholy and I think the juxtaposition of this with bright, warm and vibrant colors creates an interesting conversation on many levels.
Q. What has been the hardest piece for you to paint so far?
A. Normally, whatever my latest portrait is is usually my hardest piece as I am always trying to do something new with each piece I do. I recently finished a portrait of Gwen Stefani and it beyond troubled me. I use much less lines when painting females which make things more difficult overall. Also, when you look at a picture of somebody, you aren’t looking for any imperfections or what’s wrong, but when you look at a portrait, you are naturally looking for what is wrong or out of place. Many times, you can paint someone faithfully but it just doesn’t look right. Gwen Stefani for whatever reason really reeked havoc. I definitely broke some brushes on that one!
Q. You’ve been very open about your trouble with insomnia. How has this shaped your style of painting?
A. I love action movies for obvious reasons and dramas put me to sleep. I find bright colors to be like action movies and subdued colors to be like slow moving dramas. Being in a steady state of tired, I am drawn to exciting stimuli. When I look at a painting, I want to be moved emotionally and elevated. Don’t get me wrong, there are wonderful paintings in a mooted color scheme, but a steady diet of those would put me to sleep. Having bright colors on the walls keeps me up as it livens up the space. I have also become more meticulous in the technique of my paintings as a result of my poor sleep. I have to maintain intense focus in order not to fall asleep!
Q. What is Teruo Creative and what projects have you completed with this group?
A. Teruo Creative is a marketing, strategy and branding company where we create corporate logos, websites and products as well as provide ideas. Some of our past clients include Clear Channel, Warner Bros, Karmaloop and SkeeTV. We have done mix-tape covers for Snoop Dogg and Game, the 98.7FM logo and even wine labels for various wineries.
Q. What is your ultimate goal with your creations and what do you wish for yourself in the future?
A. My ultimate goal is to just to keep making art and enjoy the creative process, but having people place my art in their home and really take pleasure in it, is priceless. It is a humbling experience. For the future, I wish I am able to just keep making art and positively influence viewers.
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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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