Hello Veks, how would you describe your latest production?
Definitely scary! It was the first time I had to work so big, then I anticipate a lot! Finally everything went very well and I would love to do it again! For the background I had to work something around the book so I chose « Roman de Renart » is a french account of the Middle Age. The tales are fascinating to me and remind me of my childhood.
Hundreds of artists out there make pieces every day. How do you think could be your style defined?
Childhood theme is very present in my work in general and I love playing with the fascination of children for the curious, the freaky, the strange and surrealist! I like to work details and enrich my paintings with small personal references. I also love the anatomical and scientific drawing. Finally, I only work on animal theme, the multitude of species gives me more freedom than the human subject and as a child again, animals have always marked me. Especially the fishes!
What are your main influences – art and otherwise?
I’m very influenced by the arts of pop culture / subculture : Tattoo , graffiti , illustrations, manga, video games , cinema, but I also love the classic references as Ingres, Caravaggio, Brueghel, Bosch, G.Doré or by De Vinci for example! Nature and Science (Biology) are also very present in my work.
A lot of artists want to be published on art blogs. It seems that in these days a painted wall does not exists without re-blogging. What’s your Pov?
Internet allows a very wide spreads. A wall painted in a remote village may suddenly appear in the living room of a surfer in Tokyo , Rome, or NY . But the opposite can also be true . A wall normally only seen by residents of large cities can be broadcast to people with less focus on this type of paint!
Someone said: “a wall is a very big weapon”. Do you find the same nowadays, while we’re surrounded by millions of billboards? I mean, don’t you find even thinner the line between art and ads?
A wall painting is like internet URL . It’s necessarily more impact than the painting i can make at home and who will be exposed one day in a gallery, reserved for those who got the info and who bother to move ! However it is not, in any case, advertising, I don’t sell anything , I show and reveals a little about me , my universe. It is in the exchange, and the confidence ( very ironical but cause it takes place in the street) not in the trade, sale or merchandising a product.
What role do you find galleries can play in helping an artist to emerge from the streets?
I guess living thanks to his art , his passion , wherever it is , is a goal for many. the role of galleries , in my opinion , is to make the links between institutions , collector and artist. .the role of galleries is therefore important for the artist who wishes to live his painting.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning, when you look back, how do you feel about your beginnings?
I do not particularly like my work but looking back I have some nostalgia or tenderness. After a few years I became more indulgent retrospectively! In evolutionary terms, if my technique and compositions evolve over the years, the themes are broadly unchanged although I regularly have small periodic obsessions varying, come and go, the sandstone of my research and sketches. It is mainly in details that I will have fun and develop my work.
Of all the projects you’ve done, which has been most satisfying?
It’s kind of hard because, as I previously told you, I get tired very quickly and am quickly very disappointed of my productions. Usually my favorite pieces are my latest works or my works in progress.
What would your dream project be? I mean theme, location, size…
I have explored a lot of narrative tracks in my work. today I would like to explore a little more the scientific part , put my nose in my books of biology and animal anatomy and devote myself to the aesthetic and romantic aspect of science , more raw , more cold!
About my projects, I would like to live of my painting and travel thanks to it. I don’t have specific dream destination or particular project , just continue to paint on canvas, wall, paper, small, large ….
What’s next for you? What shows or projects do you have planned?
I currently preparing two different solo exhibitions. One in three areas in France and one in Italy , between September and March next year. I continue to painting walls and the tattoo remains my red line to tie it all!
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