IRSKIY

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

I: 1980s abstract minimal. The neon colors I use resembles the 80s, the patterns are abstract and the negative spaces in my artwork gives a little touch of minimalism.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I: Mostly architecture and music.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

I: I start with an existing piece of work that I’ve done previously and try to rework; cut bits of pieces, re-arranging its position, to create a different or a whole new composition that looks good.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

I: I put a lot of neon and bright colors into my artwork. I want people to feel happy and excited when they look at it. If they’re into the 80s then they can definitely feel or have a sense of nostalgia.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

I: My lifestyle is very boring. I go to my studio/garage everyday, and work even on weekends 🙂

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

I like to be spontaneous because this way I’d be less predictable and repetitive. I like my work to be different from the previous one. I like variety and change. Though for my paintings, I do plan my color palette beforehand.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

I: I learned that you’ve got to produce quality work all the time in order for people to recognize you. Once you’ve got that down the rest is history.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

I: Yes. If you can incorporate your style into your artwork then that makes it you, it makes it unique and stands out from the crowd. I think these days you have to be distinct if you want to be noticed.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

I: Self doubt. When I first started I doubted myself whether I could make a living doing art. It was a tough decision but somehow I felt I had to do it and went with it regardless. So far so good. You just have to believe in yourself and work hard at the same time.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

I: Freedom of expression. I can make whatever I want, call it art and no one can argue with me 🙂

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

I: Way too many. Lichtenstein, Klein, Picabia, Rauschenberg, Kaws, Bast, Kei Imazu, Nsane5,  William LaChance, Allan Bjornaa.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

I: Technology is great. Especially social media, it really helps artists to get their work out there and be discovered.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

I: Definitely. I can imagine things and turn it into reality.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

I: Not really, unless there’s something interesting I want to look at.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

I: Yes, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and The Charge by Brendon Burchard.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

I: I plan on doing large scale artworks and trying different mediums such as sculptures, textile and installation.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

I: It’s making something I want with no limits. If I can imagine it, I can do it.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

I:  Cocaine Model by ZHU

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

I: 1980s. Straight to your face.

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