We caught up with the latest 62 Ponsonby Road resident Component in his studio, asked him a few questions and talked about finding the balance between making art commercially vs making art for yourself and what his focus is these days.
What do you do?
I make Art
What did you have for breakfast?
Muesli and coffee
What’s currently on your walls at home?
At home nothing because we’re renovating at the moment but my studio is filled with heaps. Doze Green, Obey, London Police, Tristan Eaton, Elliot Frances Stewart, Gasp, Otis Chamberlain.
If you weren’t making art/doing what you do what would you be doing?
Working on film sets or gardening
What does a typical day look like for you?
Long. I’m up with my boy when he wakes at 6 am. Try to beat the traffic and leave home for the studio at 7.30am. Coffee, work emails, art making, lunch, water, then more work. Chats with some Ponsonby locals and my studio buddy Hannah. Then home for the second shift with my lovely daughter and son and wife. Then sleeps.
Career highlight so far?
Painting the ‘Time Being’ mural inside the Cider Building. The whole process from developing the idea with the client, collaborating with photographers and friends, then getting to actually execute the largest stencil I’ve ever done (5 meters tall) was pretty fulfilling. It’s just cool when you get to work on something like this with lots of people and everything just works out and everyone gets paid.
Dream project or collab or both?
‘Time Being’ was a pretty cool project to be able to do. Would also love to collab with other artists to paint a plane.
Plans for the future?
Working, working, working. I work mostly commercially right now so being able to do some of my own art would be nice, would like to work more on ideas I have for 3D and light-based works also more outside street work. Keep healthy, happy and look after my family.
Build your dream concert, 3 acts you wanna see live. Living or dead.
Can’t pick just three. James Brown, Tribe Called Quest, Bob Marley & Prince.