KILL PIXIE
Interview with the Australian artist

Kill Pixie interview

“After watching Kill Pixie burning his fingers and his mindframe to the bone, those of us in his immediate vicinity took it upon ourselves to shed some light into this already luminous world of him, just so you know that everything is a-okay.
Jaime Fazackerley is a filmmaker of independent skateboarding films, and wears pants that are hemmed to show his socks.
George Ribbon recently arrived on our couch, or rather the pull out mattress, from his hometown of NYC, where he is a photographer.
Brett Chan is a futurist, who recently released the film ruthless, he just set up a new board, where he customized a shane cross graphic.”

Brett Chan

CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON YOURSELF?
Killpixie: I live in Sydney.
Jaime: Killpixie likes to climb up on big backgrounds where citizens can see his finesse. Lately he has been in the cave concocting artwork for the indoor audience.

Kill Pixie characters

Kill Pixie characters

YOU’LL HAVE A SHOW IN MELBOURNE IN FEBRUARY, WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Jaime: It’s all about communication and little men running around with shoes.
Killpixie: It’s called ‘EVERYTHINGS A-OK’ and opens on the 20th of Feb at Until Never Gallery, Hosier Lane, Melbourne. New Works and installation. Also it’s the launch of my book Kill Communication.
Brett Chan: On a greater level these works speak of the transormation of things, the osmosis of worlds. The flux of min-sets or internal circumstances. A comment on this pinball game we are all playing.
George: It’s all about destruction. Trucks, walls, roller doors, rooftops, this kind of destruction is in the past. Killpixie is now watching forward, seeing the swarms of creatures destroying themselves, their idols, their ability to see and understand what is right in front of them. And selling paintings.

Mark Whalen painting

Mark Whalen painting

WHAT STUDIO PAINTING AND COMMISSIONED EXHIBITIONS ALLOWS/BRINGS YOU THAT STREET ACTION WOULDN’T, AND VICE VERSA?
Killpixie: It allows me to explore and create more thought out and detailed work rather than my street work which is more quick and simple.

YOU WORK IN CHINA HEIGHTS, WHICH IS AN OPEN SPACE STUDIO IN SYDNEY. HOW THE INTERACTIONS WITH THE OTHER ARTISTS INFLUENCE YOUR PRODUCTION?
Killpixie: No I dont work at China Heights but I have worked with them on projects in the past and had openings with them, they are great to work with and they are supporting good things in the art world.

Sketch book by the artist

Sketch book by the artist

APART FROM THAT, WHO AND WHAT INSPIRE YOU?
Killpixie: I get inspired from different styles of folk art/folklore, cutlures and influences from the past, and different pattern and linear illustration styles.
Brett: Killpixie dreams of scapes.
Of paths to negate.
In realms that carry
More so than the lesser.
A magnitude in weight.

artwork by Mark Whalen aka Kill Pixie

Artwork by Mark Whalen aka Kill Pixie

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER THIS INTERVIEW?
Killpixie: Painting.
Brett: If we are fortunate enough, killpixie might be around long enough to clean up the dishes, and allow us an unravelling thread into our world that surrrounds us.
George: Watch me get stoned, eat candy and watch movies.
Jaime: Business men they drink my beer, and they paint my earth, none of them knowing what any of this is worth.

MATEO DINEEN
Interview with the US artist

Mateo Dineen interview

Mateo takes snapshots of a parallel universe.
He is also an handsome artist. Learn that and more in this nice interview.
More about Mateo.

Mateo Dineen inbread drawing

Mateo Dineen inbread drawing

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
If you don’t already know me, I can tell you that I am extremely handsome and charming. However if you DO know me, please don’t tell the others otherwise.
I am an artist living and working in Berlin. I grew up in California, near San Francisco.
Here are some random things about me:

  • I carry a pen and a stack of small notecards wherever I go.
  • I don’t like mornings.
  • I once had a job making balloon animals.
  • I used to catch tadpoles and watch them grow legs.
  • I love antique shops.
  • My middle name is NOT Mud.
Mateo Dineen painting

Mateo Dineen painting

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
Snapshots from a parallel universe. That pretty well captures what it’s about. It’s everyday moments in a world very similar to our own, with characters oddly familiar. They have the same emotions and problems we have, but they are often rather furry, or made of metal.

Mateo Dineen monster character

Mateo Dineen monster character

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
For me it all begins with a sketch. Sometimes it’s a doodle drawn without much direction. Other times it’s a constructed drawing coming from a direct idea. I have pages and pages of these drawings. Before I begin a painting, I usually flip through my stack of drawing and try to feel a connection to one of them. It needs to make me laugh or feel something, as if I’ve seen it for the first time. If it does, then I know it’s probably an image that others will connect to as well. I then dig through my collection of old boxes and wooden desk drawers. I look for the piece that connects best with the sketch. Once I’ve chosen the piece of wood, I often cover it with collage and do my best to enhance whatever patina the wood already has. Lastly I bring the main figure elements in and marry it all together into the final painting.

Mateo Dineen surreal art

Mateo Dineen surreal art

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
My environment plays a big role in my work. If you see my work up close, you’ll see that I’m never painting on fresh canvas. My paintings are made on worn-out box lids, wooden suitcases, and rusty tin signs (to name a few examples). These objects come directly from flea markets here in Berlin. These old relics are very inspiring to me. The collage I use for the background is collected from flea markets too. I’m often entranced by the discarded letters, blueprints, and maps that I find. They tell a story of another time. These items enrich my work, and sometimes inform it.

Mateo Dineen artwork

Mateo Dineen artwork

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
I have many. Here are few in order of appearance…Van Gogh, N.C. Wyeth, Ray Harryhausen, Edward Gorey, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, The Muppets, Bugs Bunny, Star Wars, Tim Burton, Brad Holland, Peter De Sève, Joe Sorren, Mark Ryden, Jeff Soto. The list goes on.

ANY LAST WORD?
I think it is important to point out that the creative process is what brings me the most satisfaction. By that I mean to say that the end result is not the primary goal. The finished painting is just the evidence of creation. The main goal is the act of creation itself. It is these moments of creation that I yearn for. I love to lose myself in the process. It’s like magic.

DETH P SUN
Interview with the US artist

Interview with the US artist Deth P Sun

Deth P. Sun is a painter and illustrator who lives and works in California.
He exhibits his work about 10-12 times a year, usually in group shows, but sometimes takes up a solo exhibition.
More about the US artist Deth P. Sun.

Inside Deth P Sun working art studio

Inside Deth P Sun working art studio

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
I’m an artist who resides in Berkeley, California. I do illustrations every so often, and I make funny paintings.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
I prefer to just show people what I do.

Various artworks by Deth P Sun

Various artworks by Deth P Sun

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I usually write down little things to remind me what I’m thinking about, and then I sketch stuff out. And then I paint.

Deth P Sun drawing of his favorite superhero cat

Deth P Sun drawing of his favorite superhero cat

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
I don’t know if does, other than when it gets pretty cold, I don’t particularly like painting. It takes forever for things to dry and most If the weather is warm I feel more like painting. And if the Giants are losing I’m also more incline to work.

Deth P Sun NY Riots artwork

Deth P Sun NY Riots artwork

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

  • Tove Jannson
  • Richard Scarry
  • Edward Gorey
  • My girlfriend Marci Washington
Deth P Sun illustration

Deth P Sun illustration

ANY LAST WORD?
No.

DAVID ZACHARIAS
Interview with the French photographer

David Zacharias is not an artist.

David Zacharias is more like two, three, or four talented artists trapped in a human body at the same time.
He is an awesome photographer, drawer, furniture and product designer, and painter. Somehow he manages to infuse the same creative and poetic vibe in all his works, making them easy to identify and love. He is also a great person with an heart as big as his soul, humble and clever. He is a friend.
More about the artist, photographer, and furniture designer David Zacharias.

The artist's signature on a furniture design

The artist’s signature on a furniture design

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
I am David Zacharias, born in France in 1973.

David Zacharias photography

David Zacharias photography

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
Touching a bit of everything, trying to make the “bit” look like something, or anything else.

Photography for an album cover by David

Photography for an album cover by David

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS

  • Sometimes, I do drawings which remain drawings.
  • Sometimes I do drawings of objects, and then make the objects of my drawings.
  • Sometimes I kiss trees.
  • And someday I will be a very famous painter.
Jean-Carotte is a plush art project by David Zacharias

Jean-Carotte is a plush art project by David Zacharias

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
I’ve been living and working in Italy for a year now and I feel ok with my Italian environment.

Furniture design by the French artist

Furniture design by the French artist

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Jean Tinguely, Jean Prouvé, Jean Carotte, some Jean Doe and Le facteur Cheval.
I’m also influenced by the weather, the time, and my way through this time.

Handmade drawing by David Zacharias

Handmade drawing by David Zacharias

ANY LAST WORD?
Why not…

Rodrigo Level
Interview with the Brazilian street artist

Rodrigo Level is a Brazilian street artist I interviewed for this art blog.

Peace and chaos.
I wouldn’t find better words to describe this land of contrast. Living in Brazil for a year I saw those 10% of the rich brazilian people living in a mental and social ghetto, afraid with the guns, sex, music, soul, friendship, violence and love that you find everywhere in the other 90% of the population. Rodrigo Level is a real artist with both the talent and the brain. His art is beautiful, real, brazilian.
More about the Brazilian street artist Rodrigo Level.

Brazilian graffiti by Rodrigo Level

Brazilian graffiti by Rodrigo Level

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Rodrigo Level and I first started to paint the streets in the mid 90’s in my hometown, São Paulo. At first my work was influenced by the traditional graffiti but as I got older new experiences such as living in different cities had an enormous impact in my art. Today I live in a small town in the south of Minas Gerais where I develop my art.



Exhibition of paintings by the street artist Rodrigo Level

Exhibition of paintings by the street artist Rodrigo Level

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
I never worked with a specific message, I believe my eyes reflect like a mirror my daily life, the people who surround me, peace and chaos together. I’m a great observer of myself, everyone and everything around me and all the inversion of values, human behavior and the world we live in are transferred automatically into my art.



Illustration artwork by Rodrigo Level

Illustration artwork by Rodrigo Level

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
It’s a unique moment when I truly find me, myself and I and all my thoughts, it’s the time I’m able to let go and translate everything I observed before this moment. Not one trace is only a trace, the symmetry reveals the density of the character’s imprisonment. Sometimes these moments are much lighter and free, when I just let the brush run aimlessly trough the canvas to get something dirtier and dense.



HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
My influence comes from the mistake and conflict behind the average human behavior, the need to hide from one’s self, turning life into an endless run from your roots and values.

New school Brazilian street art

New school Brazilian street art

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Since an early age I’ve been surrounded by excellent artists who influenced me in one way or another, be it by their actions or art. I’m always open to absorb influences in every way, I’ve always admired and followed the art of artists such as Hebert Baglione, Vitché, Speto and can honestly say that they have influenced me a lot.
Nowadays that relationship has changed but it’s inevitable not to find details that I admire and respect, lately my respect and admiration go to artists like Fernando Chamarelli, Medo & Dementia, Olivier Vrancken, Remed and Fefe Talavera.



Rodrigo Level graffiti.

ANY LAST WORD?
Good Vibrations to all!

LISA KING
Interview with the Adelaide artist

Interview with the inspiring Australian female artist Lisa King.

Recently I told you about Lisa King last show Fanciful Faces.
I’m back for more, with an interview and more artworks.
The artist did a lot of successful shows recently and will come to visit me in the island of gods in December.
See you there mate.
More about the Australian female artist Lisa King.

Portrait of Lisa King creating a street artwork

Portrait of Lisa King creating a street artwork

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Lisa King. I am 29 years old, I currently weigh 45 kilos, I can drink like a 45 year old man, I have a neck tattoo of something that resembles symmetry (yet not one on the other side), I am very much a lady that loves wearing black, I recently fell in love with the visual representation on the hindu religion (however as yet has not made its way into the influence of my work) and I hold a beautiful compulsive disorder where I have to be learning new things all the time. Either that or drinking too much wine. My name is Lisa.

Series of three gorgeous artworks exhibited

Series of three gorgeous artworks exhibited

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
I usually get in trouble for saying cross medium, but today i dont care. Im way too much of a baby in this game to be knowing exactly what the fuck Im actually doing. So… Im a cross medium artist. I work in the areas of oil painting, sculpture and woodwork and would probably label myself as a low brow painter that is paving a path to a career in fine art. Hectic much?

Sculpture installation for an exhibition

Sculpture installation for an exhibition

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I have recently just finished two small solo shows in a few underground bars in Adelaide. The pieces mostly consisting of woodwork and oil paint on longboards, along with some portrait drawings, paintings and prints. Up next Is my very first Gallery solo show, which will be at Magazine in Adelaide, end of November. The work will be a deeper investigation to the process I am working on at the moment; Start with drawing a portrait, sculpt it on a deck, add some woodwork, make some oil paintings and print some stuff here and their. The primary piece for this show however will be the very first large scale oil painting that I have done on canvas. Its a self portrait, a wanky one at that so i wont delve too much. From here i head to Bali, make way to melbourne for some change, hopefully get a residency in Paris for three months and return home for a big fat exhibition titled The French Connection. Downtown LA with the Guys who sponsor me from Loaded Longboards in CA is on the table also. Plans always change though.

Drawing by the Australian artist Lisa King

Drawing by the Australian artist Lisa King

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
The environment in my head? Im actually a bit of a hermit, so if you can call my apartment an environment then I say… mediocre! The balcony is perfect for the morning coffee and the lounge with the internet gives me all the investigation I need for my influences and updates on the world but besides that Its pretty low key. No plants and landscape thats for sure! Of course I have all the art on my walls and my canvas in front of me which is pretty damn sweet but the city generally does not give me too much, I mean well besides the pub and the regular pissheads. My work is very much people based and as much as i love the characters in this town, im ready to travel, meet new folk and be in fresh environments that do influence me a little more.

Artwork installation based on customized spay-cans

Artwork installation based on customized spay-cans

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Brett Whiteley, Bill Henson, Mark Ryden, Sam Flores, Os Gemeos, my parents, Alonso Sanchez, Miss Van, Camille Rose Garcia, Kathie Olivas, Ron English… to name a few. I would probably throw Andy Warhol in their for being a dick…

Lisa King artwork detail

Lisa King artwork detail

ANY LAST WORD?
Yeah, more people should: watch less TV, drink more alcohol, eat only when hungry, take more influence from simpler and healthier ways of life, give more money to the less fortunate in the world, and try to seek more innate happiness.

ARON WIESENFELD
nterview with the US artist

Learn more about Aron Wiesenfeld in this cool interview.

I wish I wasn’t an artist.
Because if I wasn’t an artist, I would probably make way more money, and would love to spend that cash on Aron’s art.
I’m a total fan.
Of course the artworks are more than impressive on a technical level, but it doesn’t even matter because of the emotional feeling that this artist manage to infuse in every piece.
But we are not here to talk about me.
Let’s listen to what the master has to say.
More about the US artist Aron Wiesenfeld.

Aron Wiesenfeld charcoal drawing called David

Aron Wiesenfeld charcoal drawing called David

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Aron Wiesenfeld. I’m an artist, and I work mostly in oil paint and charcoal.

Landfall, another inspiring artwork by Aron Wiesenfeld

Landfall, another inspiring artwork by Aron Wiesenfeld

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
I do a lot of large scale paintings and drawings, usually with one central figure. The relationship between the figure and their environment is important, and the relationship between the figure and the viewer is also important.

Princess, black and white drawing by Aron Wiesenfeld

Princess, black and white drawing by Aron Wiesenfeld

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
My inspiration is usually based on something I had an emotional reaction to. The initial idea isn’t even an “idea”, more like an instantaneous flash from something I saw, or read. I usually don’t know the reason why it struck me, only that it hit something down deep. Then I sketch the idea, and mess around with it to try to distill that strong feeling that I had. The subsequent decisions during the process of painting are likewise trying to get closer to that feeling, and to express it. When the painting is finished, I like to think about the stories that could be behind it, and what it’s world is like outside the edges.

Snow bed, colored drawing by the US artist

Snow bed, colored drawing by the US artist

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
Anything I see could be the spark for the next painting, like something in a movie, a person I saw while driving, or a sentence in a magazine.

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
I go through phases of loving certain artists. Right now I’m really excited about these small paintings that Goya did of bandits in caves. The is a lot of suggestion of violence, but the details are obscured by the darkness, leaving the worst of it up to the viewer’s imagination. I find it absolutely intoxicating when an artist leaves that opening for the viewer to participate in the telling of the story. Goya did that so well in his later, more personal work. Generally I find I’m very drawn to scenes of twilight and the mystery of near nighttime, by artists like Whistler, Millet and many others.

The Nightingale, gracious girl by Aron Wiesenfeld

The Nightingale, gracious girl by Aron Wiesenfeld

ANY LAST WORD?
The paintings are made totally for myself, but hope others will feel something like what I felt while making them.

PAUL DAVIES
Interview with the Australian painter

Paul Davies tells us more about his artworks in an exclusive interview.

I first met Paul Davies when I was living in Sydney (Australia), working as an art director for Acclaim magazine.
Paul has his studio located at China Heights, the gallery where I was doing the Sydney stop of my last touring exhibition.
A good opportunity to meet again and exchange a few words with this nice and talented artist.
More about the Australian painter Paul Davies.

Paul Davies in his studio in Sydney

Paul Davies in his studio in Sydney

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Paul Davies Australian Artist based in Sydney at China Heights studio.

Painting of a modern house, typical of Paul Davies' work

Painting of a modern house, typical of Paul Davies’ work

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
The focus of my painting is predominantly based on the relationship between the built and natural environment.

Exhibition by Paul Davies

Exhibition by Paul Davies

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
My practice primarily involves photography, stenciling, and acrylic painting, with which my first experiments began in 2002. These works depicted Sydney street scenes mixed with researched popular culture images. The layering process of this technique created on the canvas a visual diary of my immediate surroundings. This method of free association i.e. assembling researched images, collected from my studio floor, onto the canvas, allowed me to experiment with different medium, which is something I still use now to explore various concepts in my work.

Painting on canvas by Paul Davies

Painting on canvas by Paul Davies

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
I often travel within Australia or overseas, on research trips, to find source material to photograph and sketch. I enjoy this part of the process because I don’t know what I’ll find. When I return to the studio I print these images and stick them up around the space, which gives me inspiration for the paintings. China Heights studio is located close to Sydney’s CBD and I find this urban location vital in creating my works which combine the built and natural environment.

Artwork by the Australian painter Paul Davies

Artwork by the Australian painter Paul Davies

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

  • Peter Doig
  • Sergej Jensen
  • Harry Seidler
  • David Schnell
  • Neo Rauch
  • Rachel Whiteread
  • Stefan Kurten
  • Ansel Adams
  • Matthias Weischer

ANY LAST WORD?
Upcoming exhibition “Portraits” at Tim Olsen Gallery, Melbourne, opening 11th October and touring to the Gold Coast City Regional Gallery through November!

KELSEY BROOKES
Interview with the US artist

Interview with the amazing painter Kelsey Brookes.

Kelsey Ross Brookes is an artist of fluorescent contrasts.
Explosive prisms of raucous color, bold imagery and timeless motifs combined in an energetic, sexual and humorous way.
He is represented by Quint Gallery in La Jolla (CA), New Image Art in Los Angeles, and Lazarides Gallery in London.
He lives in San Diego, California.
The painter first worked as a biochemist, but soon abandoned biochemistry when he realized that he was becoming something he didn’t want to be.
His artworks mix abstract and figurative forms with text.
Brookes works have been featured in most of the coolest publications such as Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Dazed and Confused, Re:Up, and much more.
He has also collaborated with brands like RVCA, Vans, or Insight 51.
His paintings have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries around the world.
I exchanged a few words with the talented and mysterious artist.
More about Kelsey.

Unicorn

Unicorn

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Kelsey Brookes, painter.

SOS, artwork on canvas by the painter Kelsey Brookes

SOS, artwork on canvas by the painter Kelsey Brookes

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
Visual hallucination mixed with a cartoon and a little bit of the fun visual effects brought on by a migraine headache.

Installation by Kelsey

Installation by Kelsey

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
Paint, paint, paint, paint, interesting accident, figure out how to make the accident happen at will, paint, paint, paint.

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
The warmer it is that easier it is to work up until a point then its just too cold to work.

Indolence, explosive painting by the US artist

Indolence, explosive painting by the US artist

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Hallucination, meditation, cartoons

Here Is The Great Thing, artwork by Kelsey Brookes

Here Is The Great Thing, artwork by Kelsey Brookes

ANY LAST WORD?
You are as free as you want to be.

BRIAN VIVEROS
Fetish smoking femme fatales exhibition

Brian Viveros new works will be presented at Last Rites Gallery on September 3rd 2011

I like bad girls, and Brian is a master when it comes to paint fetish smoking femme fatales. In what will be Brian’s second showing at the gallery, the opening will feature an all new collection of original paintings, as well as special rare prints from the artist’s own collection; poster giveaway and signing; live “Smoking Army” performance; screening of Brian’s films along with his new short, and much more.
More about the US artist Brian M. Viveros.
More about Last Rites Gallery.

Artwork by the US artist Brian Viveros

Artwork by the US artist Brian Viveros

Girl's portrait

Girl’s portrait

New Blood painting by Brian M Viveros

Sexy girl painting typical of the artist's style

Sexy girl painting typical of the artist’s style

Sexy chick with a cigarette portrayed by the painter

Sexy chick with a cigarette portrayed by the painter