Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Interview with Sean McGaughey

q) What is your name and what do you do?

a)My name is Sean McGaughey and I am an artist.

q)When did you really get into art?

a)I have been into art since I was a little kid, art/ making things.

q)How did you come to the realization that you should try your luck at art on a more serious level?

a)I don't think it was necessarily a conscious decision, me becoming an artist, there wasn't/ isn't anything I could think of doing. In a certain respect, it was a natural movement, something that felt right.

q)How did you discover the particular style that you have?

a)I wouldn't call it a style, it is more of a way to put thoughts and ideas out "there". It is, and I imagine will always be an ever evolving progression. The more you work, the more work begins to shift and transform, sometimes it is a conscious effort, other times it happens naturally.

q)How would you describe your style?

a)My work lately has been focusing on the idea of consumption. I present the ideas laced with irreverent humor directly influenced from comics/ cartoons and skateboard graphics of the early 90's.

q)Who or what influences your art?

a)The odd, out of context conversations I hear outside my studio window. A big influence on my current work is a film from William Klein "Mister Freedom", it opened up my scope of how to approach serious issues.

q)How often do you create a new piece?

a)I generally work everyday, somedays are more productive than others. How long a piece takes is usually decided by a few factors; how big the piece is, how long it takes me to understand the direction the piece is heading.

q)What kind of success have you had with your art?

a)Someone telling me they can relate to my work.

q)What would be the ultimate goal for you and your art?

a)To make a comfortable living.

q)What do you see as an accomplishment in the way of art?

a)Damien Hirst

q)What kind of message, if any, do you try to convey through your art?

a)I leave the narrative open, it is my intent to have the viewer look at my work at insert their experiences into my work, thus making the work exist.

q)Sum up your art in one word.


q)Any additional comments?

a)Thank you for interviewing me

q)…your contacts…


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview with FAMOUS WHEN DEAD

q) What is your name?


q) Where do you live and work?

a)Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England.

q) What is your creative process like?

a)Slightly chaotic.

q) What is your favourite medium?

a)At the moment, Ink.

q) What is your current favourite subject?


q) How long does it take for you to finish a piece?

a)Anything from 1 day to several months.

q) What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

a)This is a bit of a cliché, but I would have to say my kids.

q) Are there any contemporary artists that you love?

a)Yes, I don’t know if it’s love though… there are too many to list.

q) Can we buy your art anywhere?


You can purchase my art direct from me…

q) Anything that people should know about that we don’t??

a)Yes, I have this small monster, creature thing that lives behind the radiator in the down stairs back room, every night at 13 minutes past midnight it scurries across the floor to the kitchen to fix a snack… I don’t know what to do… our biscuit and cheese bill as gone through the roof.

q) What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?

a)Work hard and be inspired.

q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?

a)White paint…

q) How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?

a)I would say, “you wouldn’t like it” then they’d be intriged.

q) What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?

a)I went to collage and university but am self trained when it comes to painting.

q) Is there a tool or material that you can’t imagine living without?

a)Not really, unless air and water count.

q)Who are your influences?

a)Hard to say really, life, people and the strange things that they do…

q)What inspires you to create?

a)The thought of not being creative is enough to make me want to get up off my arse and do something.

q)…your contacts…