Category: interview

Interview with Amy Earles

Amy Earles makes things, prefers autumn, dreams in color, reflects from half closed eyes…”, the artist has written in her little profile on her website. And yes, all her drawings and paintins involve a kind of dreamy and autumnal atmosphere with forest, dark skies and stars.

She loves painting with gouache on paper, and often her pictures are turned into lovely looking paper dolls – Amy is clearly fascinated by dolls. We pinned her down to answer us some questions about her life and work.

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Interview with Nick Cocozza

Please say “Hello” to Nick Cocozza, a young Illustrator and Street Artist from Scotland.

Nick is a illustration graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of art, Dundee. To most of his work he tries to take a light hearted and fun approach. He enjoys using a variety of mediums, which reflect his playfulness as well as his sense of humor. Most of his graffiti-style illustrations present a vivid depiction of the street and gang culture in the UK that he experienced in his youth.

Nick’s work, which is also available on ARTFLAKES, got so far featured in several exhibitions in the UK and by talent spotters he is being picked as the one to watch in Scotland. His illustrations also got featured in a variety of magazines like Popshot Magazine and now here.

Check out our interview after the click!

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Interview with Kathryn McNaughton

An illustrator who draws her inspiration mainly from vintage porn magazines? Well! Anyway, we liked the pictures of Toronto based Kathryn McNaughton right away, which is why we boldly asked her some questions concerning her work.

Her pictures are a wild mixture of drawing, painting and collage, in most cases with a hidden message and always slightly gruff. But even without an extensive interpretation it is fun to click through the portfolio of this girl.

What she had to tell us? Read it yourself!

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Interview with Melissa Azizi

Please welcome the lovely Melissa Azizi to our blog this week.

Melissa lives and works in Sydney (how we envy her!). When she is not working on projects for her own Production Company CineDream, or supporting and creating films, she creates beautiful and dreamy pictures.

One of Melissa’s photo projects is  The Daily Foto, an initiative where she shot 365 photos in 365 days (!), which she sells in her Etsy shop and where she donates 5% of each sale towards a charity of your choice. We like!

Where she draws her inspiration from, which her favourite chocolate is and who she thinks we should interview next, you can read right after the click.

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Interview with Katogi Mari

Had the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tales these days, surely they would have asked Japan based artist Katogi Mari to do all of the illustrations. I guess there is nobody who is more skilled to create precise and wonderful fairy tale like illustrations with brush and paint.

For our series of interviews she, who is fascinated by nature, animals and of course the romantic stories from Germany, answered some questions about herself.

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Interview with Matthias Heiderich

Today we would like you to meet Matthias Heiderich, a young self-taught photographer who is currently living and working in Berlin.

He mostly photographs Berlin in his very own unique and distinctive way. His work often explores the complexities of colour, is very architectural and minimalistic. You’ve never seen Berlin like this before!

Matthias aka massju also makes music on his own label “WeirdAndWired“, a netlabel for weird electronic music.

If you would like to know more about Matthias and his work, have a look at our interview!

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Interview with Iker Spozio

Today, hot of the press, in our blog: A crunchy interview with illustrator Iker Spozio living in San Sebastián, Spain.

Iker is kind of oldschool in a charming way: His artworks, he says, are completely handmade and not modified at his computer.

Hats off, we say, because the results are pretty impressive: Several band posters and illustrations the artist has on board, which all slightly radiate an atmosphere of the 1960s or 70s.

So how did Iker become an artist in the first place? Read about it after the click!

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Interview with Ben Aslett

Please welcome Ben Aslett, illustrator living in Devon, whom we chose as an interview partner this week.

His illustrations are simple, yet expressive: Little characters with oversized heads working at their computers, driving their cars or jogging around town, literally keeping their inner clockwork busy.

On our ARTFLAKES blog he explains when and why he started making art, what his usual workday looks like and what taste of chocolate he likes best. Go on reading, my dear!

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Interview with Anne Siems

In 1991, having graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Berlin, Anne Siems moved to Seattle – where she still lives. For our series of intervies we invited her to a virtual cup of tea and talked about her work.

In the beginning she created her pictures – which were mostly inspired by medical and botanical books – on waxed found paper. 2001 she changed to working on big panels, where now her impressive and enchanted looking artworks are still painted on.

Flower garlands, fawns, colourful birds and girls with fragile dresses evolve a dreamy atmosphere, whose imagery often reminds of the novels written by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters

Where she takes her inspiration from, which artists she admires and how Anne Siems spends a perfect sunday, you can read after the click.

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Interview with Rob Hodgson

Why and when did you start making art?
When I was a kid, just like everyone else. I think drawing comes before words and I’m still really interested in that level of communication. After school I went to art school and just made a mess for a year. In England it’s typical you do this year that’s kind of based on the old Bauhaus school, where you do different disciplines- a mix of craft and art. They break down all your preconceptions. I didn’t like the rigidity of the design kids and I didn’t like the bullshit of the fine art kids. But I love art theory and art history and I love how commercial art communicates, so I chose to follow illustration.At university I learnt so much. I read as much as I could and soaked it all up. I lived with diverse image makers- comics artists, film makers, painters. It’s so healthy to be around a lot of people, otherwise I’d get too serious and fall down a hole.
Now I try to make good images and learn along the way.

What kind of art do you make?
I make pictures in quite a traditional sense. I am concerned with elements of design in an image- shape, line, colour, and composition. Early 20thC ideas.
I like to write and draw. I make prints and do commissions. I am working on some books. I’d like to do more communal work.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
All over the place. With image making I like to be influenced by other mediums. Music, films, books. It all feeds into itself.
I find science really responsive. I have a Steven Hawking audiobook about space-time that sets my mind off. He talks about abstraction and relativity- it’s all the same in image making, Steven! I want to talk to him and tell him that.

What does your usual workday look like?
After breakfast I have a coffee and read e-mails and see what is happening in the world. Look at what I was doing the day before. Sometimes I will have a commission to get on with; sometimes I work on my own stuff; and othertimes I chip away at some books I’m drawing. On an evening I usually eat a nice dinner with my girlfriend and friends. Late night is my favourite time to think about new things.

How do you spend a perfect Sunday?
Read in bed. Get a coffee in bed. See the cats on the bed. Go and walk around junk shops with my girlfriend all afternoon. Pretty easy and no bad news.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I like all chocolate. Anything milky.

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
I am crazy about Rousseau’s Football Players. I love the strange figures and I love the beautiful place they’re playing in. There is something about where they are that sends my imagination into overdrive. There is some darkness to the woods, and something dark about the men. Something is awry, but so lovely at the same time. Are they two sets of twins? I love it so much.

Whom should we interview next?
Oliver Butcher

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
The Beatles, hands down. But if we’re talking image makers (weren’t the Beatles?) then Picasso when he arrived in Paris as a lad. We could hang out. Or Hockney at the Royal College.

What is your philosophy of life?
Eat some food and get some sleep. Do your work.

Thank you, Rob!