Takashi Murakami - Asia's answer to Damien Hirst Jeff Koons. Japanese illustrator & contemporary sculptor, Takashi Murakami spawns character induced narratives that are playful yet steeped in self-signified importance that are curious to receive. Inventor of the 'Superflat' method; combining classical Japanese art with contemporary Japanese pop culture, he has successfully crafted his own genre of art which transitions his practice from fine art into the commercial field. In a similar vein to Damien Hirst, or Jeff Koons Murakami has successfully promoted his art as a brand appealing to the Asian, European & American art...Read more..
1.) Your paintings are often large in scale, although you have created some smaller pieces for collectors recently. How does the challenge of a large canvas differ from that of a smaller piece? I enjoy the challenge of working with detail. I am able to explore this further on larger canvas', which have been described as momentous due to their size. The smaller works I have created contain a different quality as my focus is more on surface detail and the colours used. I am more accustomed to painting on larger canvas', so working in a...Read more..
1.) What is it that attracts you to abstraction as an art form as opposed to other genres? The reason why I feel connected to abstraction, is because it is so unpredictable - one never knows the outcome of the painting. This sense of unknowing, really excites me as a painter. When I feel that something substantial is about to emerge from my work, I do all I can to preserve the image. The ability to know why it is substantial, is to do with my personal instinct at the time. I rely on my subconscious in the rendering of my work, as this allows the process of painting...Read more..
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1.) Your stunning cityscapes manage to communicate the energy and excitement of the environment, whilst placing their detailed composition within a calmer surrounding plays an interesting role in the overriding feeling in your work. What is the significance of this contrasting balance in the overall piece? When producing any given work I always strive to create a feeling of excitement with sharp striking angles used to supply different perspectives, which draw the viewer inn. I like making the impossible possible keeping close to reality,...Read more..
1.) P margin-bottom: 0.21 What attracts you to collage art as a form of creativity as opposed to other mediums? The whole process is all consuming. From the collecting, the scouring for materials to use, the hours of endless searching for just the right image, the intricate cutting and finally the enormous sense of play when placing the cutouts onto the canvas. it's become a huge part of my life in and out of the studio and I love that. 2.) What principals do you abide by when piecing different elements together? I tend to have a theme to work to, but I never make definite rules so the theme can change...Read more..
Guy Denning (1965 - ) There is a rebellious & defiant attitude to Guy Denning's work, which provoke discussion & debate due to his politically charged subject matter. His first show featured paintings connected to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Although created at the time of this atrocity, a period of time needed to elapse before the public were ready to revisit this trauma & Denning timed this to perfection as the discussion created from this show propelled him into the mainstream art scene. < 'The Dependence', 2012 His subjects seem to possess a long standing anguish, which has consumed them to the point of acceptance....Read more..