Has love been a common theme in your work, or is it recent?
I’ve loved doing what I’ve been doing for almost 35 years. From that perspective, love has always been a part of my work. As a visual part of my work I would say that it is within the last two years and it has been a nice addition to my visual language.
How has the pandemic impacted on your work? Some artists say it has allowed their creativity to flourish. Did you notice a difference?
I did not see a difference in my work. When the pandemic first started, I had about seven art fairs lined up right through the year. That was a bummer at first. I also was really concerned that it was going to affect sales and the galleries. Fortunately, I haven’t had many problems with that. It was originally very concerning. In fact, I have been busy throughout the whole pandemic.
“I hope the feeling will be heartening during these difficult times,” says Todd Gray of the mural.
So if I looked at your pieces from the early ’90s and compared them to today, would I see similarities or a lot of changes?
That’s an interesting question. I would say both. I would say yes, there’s been a lot of changes, but there are also a lot of similarities when I go back and look at my work from the early ‘90s, for example. I basically just look at it as being just a sort of a much more amateur version of what I’m doing now. I am using many ideas that I created back in the ’80s and still using them today and re-doing them.
What was the biggest influence on your art when you first began and why?
The biggest influence on my art was that I wanted to have freedom in life and I wanted to enjoy what I did on a daily basis. As far as I live in a place of timelessness my influences came from Victor Vasarely, Al Held and Roy Lichtenstein, but definitely classic pop artists like Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol. Those guys had a big influence on me.
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