What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
Well, I'm creating things. I'm painting, writing and drawing. But that doesn't make an artist of me, does it? I think it is more about how i see things around me and how I digest and synthesize them to create something I want to share.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Yes, I do. I've got a website where i put some of my works : http://www.yarks.com.au
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
There is a lot of artists out there saying nature is the mother of inspiration ... Hmm, I don't know... I'm not really into mother nature. I should probably sleep near a bunch of flowers more often. It will eventually make me want to paint some. Usually my inspiration comes from a curly lock of hair on a naked shoulder ... a glimpse of a bra under a light and transparent dress... A shy smile of a waitress or the innocent eyes of a lost femme fatale...
What role does technology play in your creative process?
I'm thinking about buying an ipad to sketch people.
What is art?
It's the kind of question without answer. It's exactly like "what is Death?". A lot of people tried to answer without any success. There are some theories but no definitive definition. And it's a huge mistake to ask an artist about it. Like the dead guy in a morgue, he will not give you any clue about Death.
When do you get your best ideas?
3:30 am. Drunk. After sex.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I don't. People do it for me.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
- The Origin of the World (Gustave Courbet)
- Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by Her Own Chastity (Salvador Dali)
- Naples (Ernest Pignon Ernest)
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
The first time someone asked me to paint her and wanted to pay me for it.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
I don't know. They probably think you have to be weird to be an artist. I don't have a volatile personality... Or maybe I do... but I'm not aware of it.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Whatever. Postmodern means nothing. It's the kind of thing that can be important for an historian or an art student in 2083 but not for a living artist. I'm a contemporary artist (with a lowercase "c" please).
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
It's a myth.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
If I have to choose one, it will be Amadeo Modigliani. The reason are obvious. (read all the interview)
Is art necessary?
For some it is, for other it's not. The only thing I know is Jackson Pollock's No.5 have been sold $150.000.000. The guy who bough it probably have the answer of your question.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Not really. There is some of my work i can't even imagine selling for some reason. I just keep them when it's too hard i guess.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
I don't know. There is no guide for Life neither. How do you know what the next step is?
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
It's a museum. Do you expect to see a dinosaur alive when you are going to a museum of natural history? If you want to see something alive, go to a zoo... oh sorry i mean a gallery.
Do you personally collect any items?
I've got a collection of weird stuff like a green mannequin with a tie and black wings, a green garden gnome, an empty stolen wallet... uh... yes, green too :p
Which websites do you frequently visit?
mine, everyday :p http://www.yarks.com.au
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
"Are you sure you don't want to be an accountant?"
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