Tell us an interesting story that occurred during art-making.
I love to observe what is around me and turn something ordinary into something special. My inspiration comes from the city environment in which I live. Reading, going to the cinema and conversations with interesting people always leads to new visual adventures. There are many different influencers but Picasso’s Cubist movement and the colour palette of Matisse are always upfront and centre.
How do you keep up with what’s happening in the art community today?
There are many ways to keep abreast of what is happening in the art world. The Internet and of course reading, but most importantly, visiting international art shows like Art Basel and Art Central and The Affordable Art Fair.
Words of wisdom, or a favourite quote you live by?
I enjoy the creative process and that is so important if one is to reach the highest level of artistic endeavour. Discipline is important and one has to show respect for the society in which one lives in. Be curious, do not be afraid to try, and learn from mistakes.
What are you currently reading, watching, listening to or looking at that and fuels your love for art?
Being with people and exchanging ideas is always a source of inspiration. I read essays on the philosophy of life, which helps to synthesise my work. Every evening, I will take an hour walk by the harbour, which clears my mind and helps me to organise my thoughts and prepare for the future.
Currently, I am reading a series of books on “How to Eat, Walk, Relax, Love, and Sit” by Thich Nhat Hanh who is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist.
Justin Timberlake’s song ‘Not a Bad Thing’ always cheers me up when it is on the radio. Saturday Night Live is magic for a good laugh and reflects what is going on with the world’s unpredictable politics.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
The photo montages are simply a way of giving the viewer an opportunity to interpret them in their own personal way. There is a duality in the work, a dark and a light side which go hand in hand, but at the end of the day it is the viewers choice as to which direction they take.
What’s the best advice you can give on how to be more creative?
They say that ‘Seeing is believing’, so do just that and seek out the reality of the imagery. It is also said that ‘Talk is cheap’ ,so it is essential to work at what’s on your mind and jot it down in a tangible form. Don’t hesitate and don’t worry about mistakes as they are valuable lessons.
What is your dream project?
It would be good to develop collaborations with both interior designers and architects so they can feature my work in different spaces. To be part of a hotel or a corporate building would be hep to make the process of artistic integration even more interesting.
What is coming up next in your artistic journey?
At the moment I am preparing a solo exhibition in Tokyo Ginza that will open in mid April this year. At the same time, I am making some non-traditional oversized pieces for the next Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. I will also be exploring new and different techniques and mediums consistently, so I expect new pieces will follow from these experiments.
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