Johnny Romeo is an internationally acclaimed Australian pop painter whose energetic appropriation of comic book aesthetics and pop culture is capturing attention worldwide. With GQ Magazine describing his art as ‘part punk, part pop’, he draws inspiration from neo-Expressionism, rock’n’roll, graffiti art and Pop art.
Johnny Romeo’s work critiques the madness of a modern world driven by pervasive advertising, hollow materialism and wasteful excess, exploring the way in which we construct our identities through the idolisation of pop culture and brand-name heroes.
Johnny Romeo is an internationally acclaimed Australian pop painter whose energetic appropriation of comic book aesthetics and pop culture is capturing attention worldwide. With GQ Magazine describing his art as ‘part punk, part pop’, he draws inspiration from neo-Expressionism, rock’n’roll, graffiti art and Pop art. Johnny Romeo’s work critiques the madness of a modern world driven by pervasive advertising, hollow materialism and wasteful excess, exploring the way in which we construct our identities through the idolisation of pop culture and brand-name heroes.
Romeo is represented by many of Australia’s top galleries with a number of sell-out exhibitions across Sydney, Perth, the Gold Coast and New Zealand. His work has also caught the attention of publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, GQ Style Australia, Vogue, Grazia and the Australian Art Review, as well as SBS and Foxtel Australian arts channel STVDIO.
His work was included in the 2011 Urban Pop Survey in Los Angeles, and there were three major US exhibitions in 2012 in addition to a series of commissions by LA County which saw the artist become the first non-US based artist to incorporate his work into transportation projects throughout Los Angeles.
Bachelor Art Education, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
Masters Degree (Comms), University of Western Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2016 GHETTO SUPERSTAR$, Harvey Galleries, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
2016 Wasteland, Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRLALIA
2016 Johnny Romeo 27, Penny Contemporary, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2016 When We Ruled The World, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth WA AUSTRALIA
2016 LINCOLNS ON LINCOLN, China Inn Gallery, Venice, California USA
2015 Selected Works, In association with Bespoke Furniture and Penny Contemporary, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2015 POP LIFE, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2015 TV Land, Converge Gallery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania USA
2015 Angry Birds, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2015 Print Pop Up Show: POPtometry, Hoff Optometry and Eyewear, Venice, California USA
2015 Top Of The Pops, NG Art Gallery, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2015 Open Studio, Linton & Kaye Galleries, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIA
2015 Sonic Youth, Prize of Venice, Venice, California, USA
2014 Wasted Years, 12 Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2014 ICONS, CG Projects, Williamsport, Pennsylvania USA
2014 Editions on Paper: Too West Coast, Petra Gallery, Beverly Hills, California USA
2014 Dirty Boulevard, Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIA
2014 Pussy Riot, Muk Muk Fine Art, Darwin, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA
2014 Pussy Riot, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA
2013 POPism: The Andy Warhol Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2013 Editions on Paper: Forever Young, Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USA
2013 Deadwood, NG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2013 Grindhouse, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2012 Blood Sport, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIA
2012 When Doves Cry, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2012 Cop Killer, Muk Muk Fine Art & Sprout Creative, Darwin, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA
2012 Cop Killer, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA
2011 Romeo Must Die: The Super Villain Series, NG Art Gallery, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2011 Sin City, Buratti Fine Art, Perth AUSTRALIA
2011 Special Release: Ned Kelly Hero Series, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2010 Spiderbait, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2010 Electric Bird, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2010 Johnny Romeo Vs David Spencer, United Galleries, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIA
2010 You’ll Never Take Me Alive! The Ned Kelly Hero Series, NG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 Candyland, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2009 Crisis On Infinite Earths, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2009 Flight Club, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
2008 Dove Kidney Zoo, NG Art Gallery in association with Maurice Byer Chambers, MLC Centre, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2008 Galaxy Cattle, NG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 Brain on a Machine, China Heights, Surry Hills, NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 Converse, Regard Gallery, Darlington, NSW AUSTALIA
2007 Live at the Apollo, Newview Gallery, Newtown, NSW AUSTRALIA
2017 ‘Signs of the Time’, The Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
2016 HAPPY Group show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
2015 New (Town) Romantics, Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIA
2015 Urban Art – Parked!, Wilson Parking Car Park, North Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2015 PAIN/TING – An International Group Show about pain, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast Queensland AUSTRALIA
2015 The Australians, Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of the Arts & design, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2014 Language Art, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, Florida USA
2014 Affordable Art Fair with Panter & Hall, Battersea, London UNITED KINGDOM
2014 A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best film Clips, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2014 A Portrait Apart Deux, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2013 Fountain Art Fair, Chicago, Converge Gallery, Pennsylvania USA
2013 Below The Surface, Converge Gallery, Pennsylvania USA
2013 The Figure, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIA
2013 The Art of Cirque du Soleil, Group Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2013 Uprising, Converge Gallery, Pennsylvania USA
2013 Urban Pop II, Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USA
2012 Gold Coast Art Prize, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2012 Homage to Hollywood, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2012 A Rolling Stone, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2012 The Art Of Spain, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2011 There and Back Again, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2011 Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami 2011, Porter Contemporary, New York USA
2011 Blow In, Museum & Crane, Los Angeles, California USA
2011 Super Iam8bit, Iam8bit Gallery, Los Angeles, California USA
2011 Urban Pop, Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USA
2011 Homage To Frida, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2011 Stockumentary, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2010 The Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2010 Mood Swings, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIA
2009 Plates, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2009 Petits Travaux, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 Troop, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA
2009 Art Sydney 09, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 Each To Their Own, The Freshly Baked Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA
2009 Revolution Of Art, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Port Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA
2009 Every Dog Has Its Day, Letham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALAND
2008 Art Sydney 08, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2008 Food For Thought, NG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2008 Royalty Tooth Coins, 2042: Art on the Street, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2008 Come See The Animals, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA
2008 Sordid Tales: A History of Chippendale, NG Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 Fragile Planet, NG Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 The Weekend Australian Art Sydney 07, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA
Numerous public and private national and international collections.
2015 Art From Down Under Leaves Its Mark On Williamsport, Showcase Section, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Pennsylvania, Thursday October 22nd, 2015, p 14.
2015 Pop Artist Shares His Vision With WASD Students, by Tony Irwin, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Pennsylvania, Wednesday September 16th, 2015, p. 1 & 5.
2015 Setting Up For Success, by Samantha Wallace, Entertainment, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Pennsylvania, Friday September 11th, 2015, p. Section B, p. 4.
2015 Johnny Romeo To Present New Exhibit, Book Of Prints in ‘TV LAND’, Showcase Section, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Pennsylvania, Thursday September 10th, 2015, p 3.
2015 A Book Of Many Colors, by Samantha Wallace, West Branch Life Magazine, Fall Edition – August 2015, Volume 3, Issue 3, p 10 – 11.
2015 Sharpe Cuts Through, by Clyde Selby, Public Hangings, Tasweekend Magazine, The Mercury, Hobart, Saturday June 20th, 2015, p. 20.
2015 Art And Wine Blend Gives Chippo A New Buzz Around The Old Block, by Michael Koziol, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday June 20th, 2015, p. 12 – 13.
2015 Urban Art Parked!, The Planner, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 6th – 7th 2015, p. 22.
2015 Carpark Takes Arty Turn, by Kate Crawford, Mosman Daily, June 4th 2015, p. 16.
2015 Unique Art Put In Gear, by Kate Crawford, North Shore Times, June 3rd 2015, p.1.
2015 Art Shines In Top Of The Pops Show, Lifestyle, Inner West Courier, June 2nd 2015, p. 38.
2015 Artists See Red Over Show by Phil Brown, Arts And Entertainment, Brisbane Courier Mail, Thursday 30th April 2015, p. 45.
2015 Phil James by William Sturrock, Artist Profile Magazine, Issue 30, 2015, p.116 – 118.
2014 Tragic Heroes, Art News New Zealand, Sketches, Summer 2014 Issue, p. 48.
2014 Q&A With Johnny Romeo by Lyndsey Hewitt, Showcase Section, Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, October 2nd 2014, p. 11-12.
2014 John Felix, Johnny Romeo & Petra Gallerie by Anthony Ewart, Hollywood Weekly, August 2014 Issue, p.1, 24 – 25.
2014 The Soft Approach by A.J.Edwards, Technical, Artist Profile Magazine, Issue 28, 2014, p.116 – 118.
2014 Johnny Romeo Inside The Mind Of Australia’s Leading Pop Artist by Taher Nojavan, The Source Magazine, University of Western Sydney, Issue 1 / 2014, p. 50 – 55.
2014 Man In The Mirror Ride by Fiona Purdon, Sunday Mail, U On Sunday Magazine, May 18th 2014, p.30.
2014 Coast Confidential, Gold Coast Bulletin, May 6th 2014, p.14.
2014 Pop Artist Johnny Romeo, Editorial Quote, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, March 7th 2014, p.32.
2014 Pop Artist Johnny Romeo, Editorial Quote, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, March 7th , p.32
2014 Romeo Lets Art Run Riot, News, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, March 7th, p.17
2014 Such Sweet Sorrow, Johnny Romeo in Conversation with territory Q, TQ Art, Territory Q Magazine, Issue 2. January – March 2014, p.72-73
2014 Hang Tough by Antonio Tati, Gallery, Rock Candy Magazine, Issue 08/ Summer 2014, p.25-29
2013 First Williamsport, Then The World by Lyndsey Hewit, Showcase, Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, November 27th, p.30
2013 Pop Artist on a celebrity Ride by Fiona Purdon, Sunday Mail, U On Sunday Magazine, November 10th, p.30
2013 Jeanie Madsen Gallery Presents Three Solo Show “Say What? By Kathy Leonardo, Santa Monica Mirror, October 4th, p.7.
2013 Deadwood, Open Gallery, by Michael Fitzgerald, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 7th- 8th, 2013, p.13
2013 Arts, Galleries, Deadwood, by John Saxby, Arts Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 20th 2013, p. 14
2013 Party Parade, by Effie Mann, S, The Sun Herald, August 18th 2013, p. 22 & 23
2013 Eight Days, compiled by Sarah Thomas, Unwind, The Sun Herald, August 18th 2013, p. 4 & 5
2013 The Shortlist, Planner, compiled by Sarah Thomas, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 16th 2013,p. 6
2013 Add A Dash Of Dead Celebs And A Mix Of Pop Culture, MX Newspaper, August 14th 2013, p. 2
2013 Eternal Fame Game, by James Gorman, Central Sydney Magazine, August 14th 2013, p. 17
2013 It’s A Dead-Set Tribute to See Artist’s Celebrity Show, by Lauren Murada, Lifestyle, Galleries, Inner West Courier, August 13th 2013, p. 38
2013 Showcase, Sun-Gazett, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, August 8th 2013, p. 8 & 9
2013 Coast Confidential, Gold Coast Bulletin, June 5th 2013, p.19
2013 Caldarelli At Licensing Expo For The First Time, Total Licensing Italy Magazine, Edition Issue #Summer 2013, p.152
2013 Must Visit, Coast Culture, Gold Coast Panache Magazine, Issue January / February 2013, p.34
2012 Hooray For Hollywood by Tim Hannaford, Artworld, Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin, December 1st – 2nd p.23
2012 Knockout Show Hits The Canvas by Stephen Bevis, The Weekend West, October 27th – 28th 2012, p.23
2012 Exhibitions ARTS & EVENTS, compiled by Jenna Shenton, Scoop Magazine, Spring Issue # 061, p.85
2012 NT Wrap, 03 A Foot In Two Camps, compiled by Kieran Finnane, Australian Art Collector. Issue # 62, October – December 2012, p.257.
2012 Collector, Contemporary Conversions by Helen McKenzie, Australian Art Collector, Issue 61, July-September 2012, p.158
2012 Hold-Out Gallery Lauds WA Scene by Katrina Strickland, The Australian Financial Review, June 20th 2012, p.20
2012 Viva Espana by Marina Saint Martin, Artworld, Paradise Magazine, The Weekend Bulletin, June 23rd – 24th June p.23
2012 Coast Confidential, Gold Coast Bulletin, June 13th 2012, p.23
2012 Essence Of A Nation, Zarraffa’s The Grind Magazine, Issue 7, 2012, p.29
2012 Spanish Acquisition by Sally Browne, Sunday Mail, Galleries, U On Sunday Magazine, June 3rd 2012, p.38
2012 Arts & Culture, Showing At Letham Gallery, Ponsonby News Magazine, New Zealand. Issue May 2012, p.148
2012 Cop Killer, Visual Arts, Off The Leash Magazine, Darwin, Issue March 2012, p.25
2012 Great Art Galleries, Johnny Romeo Cop Killer, Sunday Territorian, Darwin, March 25th 2012, p.41
2012 Ned Kelly, Cop Killer, NT News, Northern Territory. Friday 16th March 2012. Page 38
2012 Johnny Romeo Exhibition Cop Killer, Darwin Life Magazine, March 2012. Page 38
2012 Ned Kelly Like You’ve Never Seen, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, Tuesday 13th March 2012, Page 1
2012 Exhibition Brief, Johnny Romeo Cop Killer, Art Almanac (Australia), March 2012. Page 44
2011 Johnny Romeo, The Planner, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 29-30, 2011
2011 Exhibition, The Buzz, Grazia Review, Grazia Magazine, Issue 159, October 24th 2011. Page 91
2011 Exhibition, 24 Hours The Art Diary, The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday October 19th 2011
2011 Heroes And Villains, by Lauren Murada, Inner West Courier, Tuesday October 18th 2011
2011 Critic’s Choice, The Best Art Shows This month, Time Out Sydney, October 2011 page 49
2011 Sinners Are Winners, by Jacqui Bahr, Arts End, The Wire Magazine, Issue 114, 28th July 2011
2011 Go Johnny, Go, by Stephen Bevis, The West Australian. Wednesday 20th July 2011
2011 Exhibitions, Review Magazine, The Australian. Saturday 25th June, 2011
2011 Art & Antiques, Australian Insite Magazine. Issue 28 – Autumn 2011. Page 199
2011 Art Gallery’s Choice, Australian Insite Magazine. Issue 28 – Autumn 2011. Page 228
2011 Fit To Be Hung, GQ Style Australia. Autumn / Winter 2011 Issue 2
2011 WA Wrap, 05, Johnny Romeo Special Release: Ned Kelly, Australian Art Collector. Issue # 55, Jan – Mar 2011
2010 Queensland, Contemporary Matters, Art Monthly Australia. Issue # 236, Dec 2010 – Feb 2011
2010 Australian Galleries Launch IPhone Apps, Australian Art Collector. Issue # 54, Oct – Dec 2010
2010 Art + Culture, Ponsonby News Magazine, New Zealand. September issue, 2010
2010 Star Wars, STE Magazine, Sunday Times, Perth. June 13th 2010
2010 Art Month Follow Your Art, Australia Vogue Living March/April 2010
2010 Exhibitions_View Australia, Artist Profile Magazine, Issue # 10, 2010
2010 Hot Tickets- Art, Entertainment The Sun Herald March 7th 2010
2010 Framing Ned Kelly, Interval Arts & Film Guide, The Drum Media Magazine, 16th March Issue 1000
2010 Style, Prestige Lifestyle Magazine, Gold Coast. March 2010
2010 Street Level, The Brag Magazine, Issue 353 March 8th 2010
2010 Pedro TV Review, The Newtonian, Vol 1 Edition 5
2009 Inner City Vibe, by Food For The Future Writer, October, Sprout Magazine, issue 1
2009 Johnny Romeo, August issue, Ponsonby News Magazine, New Zealand
2009 Artistic Licence, March/April 09 issue 24, NZ Life & Leisure Magazine, New Zealand
2009 Gallery Snapshot, Reviews by Jeff Makin, February, Herald Sun, Melbourne
2009 Rivista – Johnny Romeo, February, Il Globe magazine, Melbourne
2009 Johnny Romeo by Rohan Trollope, February, The Age (Entertainment Guide), Melbourne
2008 Johnny Romeo by Leesha McKenny, July, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney
2008 Demolition Man by Rhiannon Elston, July, Time Out Magazine, Sydney
2008 Adrenalin Rush by Elizabeth Fortescue, July, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
2008 Painting by Elizabeth Fortesue, July, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
2008 What your Art about Romeo? by Britta Campion July, MX News magazine, Sydney
2008 Galaxy Cattle by Jo Litson, July, The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney
2008 Arts Frontline, Reviews, July, Brag magazine, Sydney
2008 Where for Art Thou, Romeo? by Jennifer Bennett, July, Central magazine, Sydney
2008 Johnny Romeo by Giuseppe Russo, August, La Fiamma magazine, Sydney
2008 Art for Arts Sake Reviews, Aug/Oct 08 issue, Australian Art Review.
TELEVISION & RADIO
2015 Johnny Romeo interviewed by Dave Kuharchik on PA LIVE – WBRE / NBC, Thursday September 17th, 2015.
2015 Johnny Romeo interviewed by Fiona Powell for Radio Station WVIA FM’s Art Scene, Wednesday September 16th, 2015.
2014 Conquest Of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art, documentary written and presented by Andrew Frost, ABC Arts (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
2013 Pop Artist Johnny Romeo – Documentary Directed by Danny Guo, Produced by Antony Cirocco – Academy of Information Technology, Sydney, Australia.
2013 Johnny Romeo, Tim Bailey Weather Report, Channel 10 News, Sydney, Wednesday 27th November 2013.
2013 Johnny Romeo Deadwood, Le Clubz On Air TVS 44, Sydney.
2012 Johnny Romeo Bloodsport, Gallery Watch, West TV, Perth.
2012 Ned Kelly Revisited, 7:30 NT, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
2012 Ned Kelly Revisited, 7:30 National, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
2010 Johnny Romeo, Art Break, STUDIO TV, SBS & Foxtel Australia.
2015 TV Land, The Art of Johnny Romeo
2012 The Art Of Johnny Romeo, Buratti Fine Art
2012 Johnny Romeo Cop Killer, Muk Muk Fine Art
2009 Johnny Romeo Balloons and Airships, Black Falcon
2009 InRetrospect 10, Retrospect Galleries.
2012 Finalist – Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
Q&A INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
Q. At what age did you begin creating art?
A. Day dot! I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. I amused myself drawing for hours as a kid. I drew everything I saw in detail and when I got bored I’d find another object or toy and drew that.
Q. Why do you make art?
A. I make art because it’s truly my greatest passion and I totally feel compelled to express it with the world. I truly love colour and I want the world to see and feel that.
Q. Who do you make it for?
A. I’m a colourist so I make art for people who love colour.
Q. Do you plan out a piece or do you wing it?
A. Everything I paint has a plan and purpose. I make extensive sketches in journals and annotate everything…even if I’m not using that particular sketch. I use everything eventually. I’m very visual so I’m forever taking photos, cutting magazines, collecting things, writing down things, sketching on the run. These are my thoughts and they eventually become my paintings!
Q. Do you have heroes? If so, who, if not why not?
A. Yes I do. They are forever changing and I love certain heroes for certain things at certain times. Currently, Mark Rothko is my hero. He was as much a colourist as he was an abstract expressionist. Another all time hero of mine is Ed Ruscha. He was the master incorporator of words and phrases into his pop paintings. His textual, flat paintings cleverly linked Pop Art and the Beat Generation. Another hero of mine is…we could be here forever!!!!
Q. How do you decide when a piece of work is finished?
A. Only once the battle has ended. There is great solitude being a painter. Our greatest achievements are often experienced on our own…but before such jubilation first comes struggle. There is a dialogue between you and the canvas….a pushing and pulling effect if you like. The painter must be in control because the canvas often wants to go a different way. You must dictate the painting. You battle and fight to tighten or tweak certain areas and this takes energy…great energy to get it right. Painting is 100% total adrenalin. The planning, drafting and composing, the execution and struggle, the tightening and tweaking, the battle and fight, the solitude and roller coaster ride and eventually the joy and triumph. What a rush, you’ve won only to begin all over again.
Q. Do you have your own cure for artists block?
A. I’m very fortunate that I’m always showing and that I’m always traveling with my works…so if I’m showing in a certain city or country in my down time, I’m out exploring. I sketch, draw and take photos. I collect things. This assists with any blockages because I’m always able to recall those experiences. As an artist, being constantly creatively active is the greatest cure for any blockage.
Q. Do you think having an art education is important in order to be successful?
A. Yes and no. Often collectors, curators, dealers and art writers like to know the history of an artist, where he or she has studied. They like to know the artist’s academic and artistic lineage if you like. On the flip side, the work should stand-alone…it should speak volumes unassisted.