FAQ

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FAQ

DID YOU GO TO ART SCHOOL?

Yes I did. I studied for 6 years in HKU School of visual arts in Utrecht, Holland
and then I did a bit of time in SVA School of visual arts in New York.

WHAT ART MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

It really depends on the work, but the materials I use are often pretty basic. I paint mainly with acrylic paints. For the last 3 years, I’ve been very much into using TriArt gesso, both black and white. I really like the quality of TriArt. I also like to mix glossy and matte paints and I experiment a lot with those. Sometimes I really enjoy painting with some graffiti paints and paint bottles (Grog is one of them)
For some detailed work I mostly use Posca or Pentel pens.Most of the time I’m happy with whatever I can get hold of as long as it’s acrylic.When I sketch or do mindless drawings I use regular pens or a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

WHERE DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR PAINTINGS?

I usually get influenced by my surroundings. I also love architecture as well as everything that has a pattern or could create a pattern. I love dots and unusual forms.I’m quite fascinated by light and reflection, especially at night. I like how darkness can transform and reshape the natural proportions of an object.
I also noticed that a lot of my color choices are based on the country or city where I paint.For example, in New York my paintings tend to get a bit more beige, brownish and dull colored.When I paint in the Caribbean (I spend a lot of time in a small Caribbean island) my color choices become much more vibrant and bold.

HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR CANVASES?

I like cutting my own wood and making my own stretchers. It allows me to have any size and thickness I want and not stick to whatever you can find in the store. I like having “door thick” canvas stretchers. I also stretch them all myself using linen or cotton.
Basically, I cut, build up and stretch all canvases myself.

IS THAT YOUR REAL NAME?

Yes.

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR THIN LINES?

For my lines I use liner brushes. I actually paint almost exclusively with liner brushes for both lines and everything else. I usually use Princeton Select liner brushes and I change them with new ones after every 2-3 paintings as they get easily worn out. Lately I started using some handmade liner brushes like Trekell and Rosemary&Co. and I really like them.