Super Future Kid
Horse Meat Disco, oil, acrylic, and airbrush on canvas, 110 x 100 x 4.5 cm, 2017
Your work revolves around themes of youth and childhood, and you use your paintings as a way to explore that aspect of your identity. How does the subject matter in your paintings tie into your youth? Does the imagery that you use have direct ties to your childhood?
Ah yes and no, some themes or ideas have intrigued me since I was in Kindergarten or maybe even sooner and some caught my interest later on in life but with no less magic or appeal. Cowboys and Indians for example are something that I can’t help but find super cool since I was 5. The first costume
(I didn't have that many) I can remember having was a Cowboy outfit made from felt. Royal Blue pants, bright red vest, a silver plastic sheriff star and a gun belt. It was missing a hat but that didn't matter to me I loved it and wanted to wear it every year until I sadly grew out of it.
Everlong, oil, acrylic, and airbrush on canvas, 140 x 110 x 3.6 cm, 2017
How did you get started as an artist? Have you been painting since a young age?
Yes, I have always wanted to draw and paint and make stuff. I didn't know what an artist was or what it meant to be one until much later though. The image of an artist had been very foggy to me since I grew up in a small town and pre-
internet. I actually even felt discouraged to become a painter hearing everyone say that its impossible to make a living and that life would basically suck if I went that path. But at some point I realised that I really didn't care much about those assumptions and just did my own thing. And in the end I
think that my life would have sucked if I hadn’t decided to be an artist.
The way that you handle paint in is very interesting- neon, glowing lines intermingle with forms that have soft, blurred edges, such as the socks and hair of the figure in Everlong. What is your approach to these paintings in
terms of process?
Ha ha, thanks! I like using different types of paint and tools in my work such as oils and acrylics and also airbrush for a while now but it really depends on what I want to paint; the figure, the background, the whole image atmosphere is pretty much determined before my brush hits the canvas. I like to finger-
paint on my iPad using basically only 2 types of ‘brushes’, one with hard edges and one with soft fuzzy edges. This way I build my paintings on my iPad screen. The app I use is very handy as it has layers and I can move my drawings and shapes around on the screen and try different scales, colours etc. Then when I settle on a composition the translation or transition from the screen to the canvas is really quite straight forward since my digital brushes behave very similar to my real ones. In the end the painted image usually differs or varies from the digital one but that it mostly because the idea keeps developing while I paint and starts to take up a life of its own.
What is your studio practice like? Do you have a set schedule or routine, or does it fluctuate?
Since I live in my studio I literally work around the clock. I often get out of bed and start painting even before having breakfast but I love it and I am happy that I have so much time available to spend on making work and developing ideas. Other than that I am terrible with routines, I have a pretty chaotic personality, but I think its good that way, routines can take the fun out of things.
How do you foresee your work evolving in the future?
I’d say that I constantly try to push myself and try to develop my own technique and also find new ones too and try new things. Basically I just keep striving and hopefully become better at what I am doing ;)