There is just something about the underground club kid era that draws me in with works from John Waters using the disgusting Divine in his most well known works. Its just something about the dirty gritty side of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that draws me in.
I suppose the life long goal is to have my own studio somewhere in the city. A bit of a cliché, but it’s just where everything seems to resonate to me.
In the 60’s no single person made an impact in the fashion industry like Yves Saint Laurent. He basically created the 60’s
I truely love Frank Miller’s style of drawing, just the gritty and raw textures and lies his illustrations show. Often making figures unrecognisable.
The Abramović Method practiced by Lady Gaga
Basquiat’s work not quite like my own when it comes to his methods, but it’s not so much his style or techniques that I like. The use of text is most of his paintings and the use of the copyright symbol next to some of the text as a kind of signature.
Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs have a massive influence on my work that involves a figure or gesture. His work is very raw, showing the hidden underground of the New York club kid scene in the 80’s. Such straight forward images is something I would love to experiment with.
Andy Warhol is by far is my most influential artist. His method of repetition of the same image from the main stream media of the time. The complete lack of caring what people thought of his work was his own way of throwing America back at itself.
In the 80’s Keith Haring was probably one of the most well known artist with the sexually transmitted decease AIDS, this was apparent through out most of his pieces. Such a topic is quite influential in my own work on social norms.
David McDiarmid’s “Toxic Queen” is currently located at Neon Parc gallery in Melbourne, Australia. I recently visited this incredible installation and I have to say it brought up a bit of an emotional response from myself, as a young gay man in today’s society to see such raw title’s over the existing media made me question if this is how I’m seen and how I will be seen after I’m gone. It scares me that I could potentially die and later been known as just another “faggot” who’s being a drama queen.