LETO
Interview with the Spanish artist

Interview with Leto, the Spanish painter from Zaragoza.

Leto is one of my two best friends.
I stay at his place for the week, so I have to say nice things if I don’t want to end up sleeping in the street, having anal sex with a mentally challenged spanish bum. Well, thinking about it, as long as the bum don’t ask me to eat a Telepizza…
More about the Spanish artist Leto.

Leto at Bienal de Pamplona XII edicion, 2010

Leto at Bienal de Pamplona XII edicion, 2010

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Leto, I’m french artist (doing paintings, illustration and installation), currently living and working in Spain.

Painting typical of the artist-s style

Painting typical of the artist-s style

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
My work is somewhere around figurative expressionism. I fill my canvas with characters like popular celebrities or everything you can find in the mass media. Manuel Ocampo wrote that my work “deconstructs the images rules”.

Don't Let Them Kill Us

Don’t Let Them Kill Us

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
Most of the time I start with an image that I reproduce on the canvas, and then something hard to explain happens in my head. I like to put my characters in an overloaded environment, while taking care not to lose the meaning of my work. I tend to keep a conceptual point of view more than a purely aesthetic approach.

Black and white drawing by the painter from Zaragoza

Black and white drawing by the painter from Zaragoza

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
I live in Spain, and the TV programs here are very similar to what we can find in Italy. I mean “TV Basura” (trash TV). This is a great inspiration that perfectly reflects the consumer mentality in which we all live. My paintings criticize a ready-to-think society.

Painting by the Spanish artist Leto

Painting by the Spanish artist Leto

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

  • Pieter Brueghel
  • Paul Mc Carthy
  • Cecily Brown
  • Andreas Hoffer
  • Neo Rauch
  • Manuel Ocampo

ANY LAST WORD?
Before I Die?

KEVIN TAYLOR
Interview with the US artist

Kevin Taylor gave me an exclusive interview where he talks about his inspirations and working process.

Kevin Taylor is a great oil painter from the USA.
Among other things, he explores time based art forms such as sound and video. He lives in San Francisco, and occasionally have ideas coming to him “rather vividly in dreams”. Kevin is currently preparing 2 shows:
Deviant Instinct – Opening September 6th 2011 at Circle Culture in Berlin, Germany.
Primal Union – Opening October 13th at Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, SC.
More about the US painter Kevin Taylor.

Surrealist artwork with animals by Kevin Taylor

Surrealist artwork with animals by Kevin Taylor

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Hello, my name is Kevin. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I now live in San Francisco, California. In the small portion of time that I’m not making things into other things, I like to hang out, drink some beers with my friends and go on adventures.

US painter Kevin Taylor describes his artwork as somewhere "between human and nature"

US painter Kevin Taylor describes his artwork as somewhere “between human and nature”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
My work explores the relationship and synthesized division between humans and nature.

Kevin Taylor love to paint scenes with animals fights

Kevin Taylor love to paint scenes with animals fights

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I mostly paint with oil paint on wood panel. I start off with a bit of an idea, which occasionally come to me rather vividly in dreams, but mostly pop into my head when I’m in the middle of buying a sandwich, having a conversation, or just staring at the wall. Next, I gather appropriate reference materials and then refine the composition in a sketchbook or directly on the panel. Once the basic drawing is penciled onto the panel, I coat the drawing with a varnish like substance that preserves the lines and creates a smooth, non-porous surface and cancels out any texture of the wood. I then begin painting, first with a very crude and raw approach using the darker tones. From here, it’s a process of mostly removing paint with rags, Gamsol and other materials which I’ve learned to utilize. After I finish the initial underpainting, I let it dry, and then go back in with glazes and details. Sometimes in this stage of the painting, I add or subtract elements to push it over the edge into an unplanned direction. Finally, I cut and stain moulding, then slap it onto the sides to act as a frame. It’s a technique that I’ve developed over the last 15 years and relies a lot on the properties of oil paint and the vast array of mediums available.

Medicinal, oil painting on canvas by Kevin Taylor

Medicinal, oil painting on canvas by Kevin Taylor

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
By generating the sparks in my head that grow into physical objects.

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
My friends- I am lucky to be surrounded by an amazing bunch of artists, bookworms and party animals.

Oil painting by the US painter Kevin Taylor

Oil painting by the US painter Kevin Taylor

ANY LAST WORD?
Skate tough or go home!