When did you start?
I’m an artist by nature. I don’t paint for my own entertainment; instead I paint, so I do it for my pleasure. When I was about 19 years old I moved to London and got an internship with a large ad agency; I was an artist from day one. I didn’t have my own studio…I had two studio rooms and the client gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted. The best part about that is that I was doing it for the right reasons. I was also in a very unique time in my life, so in that sense I was at the right place at the right time. I was very aware of the need for change and the need to create a new way of life. I’m so fond of being on stage and I love the performance aspect of the art. I feel like I get most from my art when I’m on canvas.
The work you’ve designed on stage has definitely influenced your other work. Is there a particular piece that’s been particularly difficult to create?
The biggest challenge has been trying to recreate a work that I never actually saw. The challenge for the show was always that I’m not a trained art historian. It was a great challenge to think about what I would expect if I was walking down the street and I saw some canvas from the time of Leonardo da Vinci or when the Mona Lisa was painted. I didn’t know that these kinds of things existed, so in that sense the work has never actually been seen. When I first saw the paint I felt like I’d be losing everything that I knew. After I finished the show, I felt like I finally knew what I was going to see. I had a sense that I was starting to understand it. That’s the hardest part for me. This show has never been seen before. It doesn’t look the same from one photograph to another photograph.
How did you find all the different elements that were used to create this exhibition?
I started with just two simple colors that were used for the show: gold and red. But then I started to explore the different textures of the paintings, and I felt like I had to try and make each painting look as if it were painting with paint. I made up new colors for the painting that was painted in a similar style to the previous ones.
What are your personal artistic influences? How has your work changed over the years?
My influences have changed over the years because I
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