Welcome to Hermits first edition of “Meet your Maker”. Each month “Meet your Maker” will turn the spotlight on a amazing creator and discover what inspires them and their work. It’s nice to meet the person behind the piece, after all there’s nothing like putting a name to a face.
So without much further ado, I am pleased to introduce Australian painter Diezel Superstroke. (Is this not the coolest artist name ever?!)
Artist Name: Diezel
Artist Location: Avalon NSW Australia
Type of work / medium: Acrylic & Ink on canvas
How would you describe your style of work?
Superstroke Pop Art. Superstroke is an Art Movement that was started by South African Artist Conrad Bo. Superstroke artists always have plus (+) signs in their work or expressive criss-cross brushstrokes that results in a + (plus sign). The plus is a sign of hope and positiveness.
In one of my works ‘Guerilla Warfare’ the theme is about ongoing shifts in power and political corruption and how the freedom fighter often becomes the next oppressor. The plus signs appear throughout the painting and are symbols of hope, positiveness and happiness, even though the theme is also serious. The plus sign is also a sign that represents different directions and different beliefs that often cross each other and are often opposed to each other.
I was born on a farm in Africa, also lived in Kenya, so the “African me” often comes through in my work
Are you formally educated or self taught?
I have Uni degrees but not in Art. Life and experiences in themselves are my art teachers and therefore my work is raw and unfinished.
Who or what inspires you?
I am very inspired by Superstroke artist Conrad Bo and graffiti artist Banksy for the cleverness in their work.
Where do your ideas come from?
I am intrigued by how experiences and beliefs that people (and societies) have, shape and influence them. My work comments on those beliefs and issues. I often scribble in the backgrounds of my paintings to further tell the story of the work. I also like to use animals to represent people in my paintings and I always have plus signs in all of my paintings – representing opposing beliefs but it is also a sign of positiveness and happiness.
Where can readers view and purchase your work?
I will have an open studio on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout 2012 (except April) from 10am – 5pm at 134 Central Rd Avalon, NSW 2107 Australia, where visitors can see any new work first and buy from me directly without the added costs to works when bought at exhibitions or galleries. I can be contacted on 0416 040 636 (Australia) and I do consider commissions. I will participate in 2 exhibitions later in the year and you can view my current work on Flickr: diiezel_art, or follow me on facebook – Diezel (Artist) Diiezel Superstroke.
Do you have any words of advice for aspiring artists or creators? Just do it.