You just went back to Sligo / Ireland in last November - where did you live before? And what does it mean for you to be back?
I Studied Architecture in Dublin and graduated in 2010, after which I moved to Copenhagen to work as an architect. It was a fantastic city to live and work in and that is where I really
started to explore the idea of illustration. after Denmark I moved to Shoreditch in London, which is filled with artists, creatives, and all round innovative and progressive people. It was a
brilliant place to be and definitely has had a great influence on me.
It means a lot to be back in Sligo, this is home, this is were I grew up, I am surrounded by all the things I love in life,my family, friends, surfing, and the great out doors.
What's special on the area around Sligo? What are the big differences to the rest of Ireland?
Sligo is like a hidden gem within Ireland. Its got a fantastic heritage and history, but what sets it apart from other counties is the natural environment. From the rouged cost line to the
rolling mountains facilitate almost any outdoor activity you can think of, from big wave surfing to skydiving, to yoga, to eco kayak tours, to cliff diving, to rock climbing ect. its just a
great place to get outside explore adventure and really live.
In your art there is a lot of Surf influences - what does surfing mean to you and is there any connection between surfing and
Surfing and the ocean have been a big part of my life growing up. I started out as a competitive swimmer and swan for my county from a young age. It naturally lead me to surfing, before
I knew I was skipping school and hitching lifts to the beach anytime the waves were good, in 2007/08 I moved to Australia with a friend we took 8 months to drive from perth all the way along
the south coast and up the east surfing in every surf spot we could find along the way.
Ya there is definitely a connection between surfing and art. When you are out in the ocean its just you and nature and that feeling is often much easier to describe with paints and a brush
then with words
One of your artworks tells the message "I love Travel" - what does travel mean for you and which places have been the most impressive
ones for you?
Travel is very important for any artist, it helps you understand the identity and character of a place. I Love when you arrive in a new country and everything is so alien its like another
world. I remember leaving the grey brutal barbican architecture of central London and landing in florida a few hours later to see chalky pastel coloured houses of Key West. The
contrast was so starkly beautiful and it really stands out in my mind.
As I've traveled I discovered that each place has a unique set of visual characteristics which often can be defined by natural colour. this became very apparent in 2008
when I was standing in the middle of and australian desert the only colour visible was the deep rich red of the iron sand. This is something I notice everywhere I go now ie.
the deep blacks of bali's volcanic beaches the purple heather of the Scottish highlands, the bright red and white lone standing farm buildings of souther Sweden.
From where do you get the inspiration for your art?
My Inspiration comes directly from my surroundings experiences, If I've had a great day surfing I'll try to recreate it in an illustration, If I see or hear something that stands out to me
like a great tv show character, a joke, a conversation, a poem, or a person I just have to draw it
You work a lot with colours and graphical elements - How would you describe your way of art?
I love bright colour, I think we all have a direct emotive response to colour, Colour makes me happy and I want to create art that makes people happy
Next to your art you create logos and websites for companys - is it difficult to work for someone else where you have to follow rules and
you sometimes cant implement things in the way you want to?
Its not difficult working for other people It can be a challenge but I really like it I enjoy getting input and its a great was to keep up to date with current graphic trends
What's your current project you work on?
I'm working on 4 projects at the moment. The first is a limited edition illustration based on Ricard Mosse's infra red photography in the Congo. all profits go to charity. The second is a
branding campaign for a local business, The third is an art print of Sligo town, and the forth is a collaboration with 'Outer Cell Media' on a stop motion animation.
What are your goals for future? What do you want to archive due to your art? Any visions? :)
I want to keep creating and hopefully pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I really enjoy collaborations and would love to see you guys more often up here in Ireland.