In anticipation of this week's print release with South African artist Jimmy Law, we sat down with him to ask him a few questions about his life, work and his release "TRUST," with us.
Read the short interview below:
Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in a town called Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State which is a province of South Africa. I live in Somerset West in the Western Cape, which is also a different province of South Africa.
What are your earliest artistic memories?
I used to do pencil drawing as a kid... A lot! I never had any other creative tools like paints, really, as we grew up with very modest means, but I loved drawing.
Have you always worked using the same subject matter in your work? How has your work changed over the years?
I used to do a bit of everything. I used to airbrush as well as design a lot of things and worked in the comic book industry for a while. I even had my own surfboard shaping business and used to love doing elaborate spray jobs on the boards I was making.
So my work has changed a lot over the years, but I have found that I have a real knack for doing portraits about ten years ago and I've been doing well with them.
Could you tell us a bit about your release with us, "Trust?"
“TRUST” is quite a personal piece to me. I had been going through some personal things at the time of its creation but also because trust in itself is such an important aspect of life that I felt the need to create the piece.
What is a typical day in the studio like for you?
A typical day... Well, I get up at around 7am, start working at around 8:30am and it really depends then on what is priority for the day. Some days I need to answer important and urgent emails first before I get to painting, but most days I'm busy painting from 8:30 am and then paint pretty much all day.
I often take a nap around 1pm… Just to get off my feet a bit and then it's back to work again. Around 4pm is my gym time and that usually concludes my day.
What do you find is the most difficult part of creating?
The most difficult part of creating is staying fresh. I think a lot of artists fall into that groove of doing the same work over and over and don’t make the time to try new things. They fall into that comfort hole. I think it's important to keep trying new ideas and trying to progress as an artist.
And the most rewarding?
The most rewarding is completing a piece that you found challenging and completing it with satisfaction. Being able to stand back, look at it and go “WOW. I pulled this one off beautifully even though I had my own doubts and fears.” That to me is extremely rewarding.
When you're not in the studio, what do you get up to?
Oh man! I have so many other interests and hobbies... But finding the time for all of it, that's another story. I surf, I ride bikes with my mates, I want to build my own classic cars and recently took up dirt biking. So yeah!
What can we look forward to next from you?
I want to keep challenging myself. I still love doing portraits and I want to progress with that, but I have started doing the astronaut pieces and want to keep pushing them; challenging myself more and more and simply keep trying to do better and better work.
"TRUST" will be released on Thursday, October 1st at 1PM Pacific in our shop.