year of birth: 1980
Q1: When did you start making art?
I made a lot of artwork throughout my childhood, some of which my mother collected. Her collection goes back to when I was 3 years old, I assume I started around that age.
Q2: What does inspire you?
A lot of my work is inspired by overwhelming feelings/moods/emotions I’ve felt, which I try to release into the imagery. Painting has become a very therapeutic practice for me, especially these past few years. I’d say another core inspiration are the psychedelic experiences I’ve had, particularly the visuals/hallucinations that came with them. It’s not easy to illustrate or communicate what it looks and feels like to “trip” but it’s a fun challenge.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I use digital painting programs almost exclusively, especially SAI. However, I make an effort to give my paintings a more traditional look/feel, so they appear more organic and less digital (e.g. brushstrokes, slightly muted palette, glazing effects, etc.). I usually start paintings with a bunch of randomly placed abstract forms, then I stare at the forms and let my imagination pull out the imagery. Often times the imagery comes out quickly, where the painting becomes more of a ‘reaction’, rather than a thought-out idea or concept. In terms of my personal style, my influences include the more contemporary art movements (e.g. cubism, surrealism, futurism) and other artists work, including Ralph Steadman, Rick Berry, Derek Hess, Francis Bacon, Francisco Goya, Egon Schiele, Shawn Barber (to name a few).
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Much of my work is centered around expressing my feelings, which I find is most effectively read through human faces and figures. The feelings I try to purge into my work are usually of the toxic variety (e.g. anger, sadness, disconnection, bitterness, etc.). In terms of themes, most of my work is a reflection of the human condition, leaning towards the more unpleasant and dark side of things.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
For a long time, my “main color” was a saturated crimson (my earlier work had a lot of blood in it). These last few years, muted greens have been dominant in my work but I don’t know why. I like the color green, maybe it’s as simple as that.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Most of the time, I paint very quickly, which allows me to illustrate my emotions while they’re still fresh. That process doesn’t give me a lot of time to worry about smaller details or the overall composition of the artwork. However, I’ve come to understand that details and composition can make or break a painting, so I need to improve on those aspects of my work. The feelings and reactions are there, I just need to highlight them better and push the overall complexity of the imagery.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’m working with an amazing electronic composer on a project involving synchronizing my artwork with his music, through animatic type animation. Hopefully, we’ll finish that within a year or so. It takes a lot of time to animate paintings but I think the end result will be something unique, a truly fitting union of music and visual art.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of DerKlox-Cloxboy.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I don’t have a link to my ‘very first work’ but I can show you one of my earlier digital pieces HERE, from 2003. I made this piece with a very basic drawing applet on the internet, I think it was supposed to be a zombie.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
A whole lotta shit.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
There’s definitely some ‘escape’ involved; like I said, painting is therapeutic for me. I don’t think art is “the essence of life” but I will say this, humans are the only beings on this planet who can create art with the intention of making art. Art creation is one of the qualities that truly separate us from all the other creatures on Earth. If we were meant to just hunt, fuck and survive, we’d be very different animals. When a human creates art, they’re doing something that (I think) humans were intended to do.