iconic:a fine art can be described as “Pop Art done well” or “Fine Art for Nerds”
Having worked as an artist in the video games industry for the past 11 years, (on such games as Grand Theft Auto IV and Crackdown) as an Environment Artist. It had always been my desire to get back into doing traditional art. Come late 2009, a year and a half after emigrating to Australia from Scotland, I finally took the plunge and bought myself some cheap oil paints, brushes and canvas’s. With some fear and trepidation I did a couple of paintings. The inferior materials and ring rust was evident in the work, but they weren’t terrible, or as terrible as I had first feared.
My 3rd painting was of a Stormtrooper’s helmet, painted as best I knew how in a manner which slightly nodded towards the work of Rembrandt or similar painters using the Flemish method.
Having shown the painting to work mates, friends and a few places online, I was given a bit of a boost at the positive comments I received. At this point the idea for iconic:a fine art was born.
The idea was to paint in a very traditional manner, items from my youth or popular culture that already had some resonance with people. The idea seemed to work, a few commissions came in, all mainly to do with Star wars. But I was now painting and improving with each new piece.
Sadly just as I was gaining some momentum, I decided in my infinite wisdom to try and work on an indie Xbox 360 game with a colleague. This resulted in some 8-9 months where that was all I did in my spare time. Once that project was out of the way I had realised that I would have been much better off having spent that time continuing to paint. So with that I got back to painting. Again after posting some more work online I got a commission for a triptych from a client in Perth, Western Australia. A joint exhibition soon followed after that, for the launch of the Star Wars X Adidas range of sneakers.
As more of my work sold, I slowly began upgrading my materials and actively seeking to learn through DVD’s, Books, magazines and online how to paint better and in a more classical manner.
Despite having a degree in illustration, I like many others wasn’t taught very much at Art college. It wasn’t until well over a decade after graduating, that it actually dawned on me how little I actually knew. It was with quite some envy that I saw the work of many an amazing artist who had some proper art training. But thankfully seeing all this amazing work, and the ease with which I could now see inspiring artwork, after inspiring artwork online, as well as plenty of the information that had been denied to me that things started to click into place.
Thankfully as the old saying goes practice makes perfect, and although far from being that, or nearly as good as artists both old and new that I look up to and am inspired by. I have very recently had a good few epiphany’s that have seen all the hours spent in front of the easel starting to pay off. I also recently decided that I would post other art work I have been doing on here was well.
At the start of 2012, I am encouraged to feel that my learning has started to show improvements in my working practices and the final results of my artwork. I am also lucky to now have my work in collections in several States in Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia) as well as in Germany, England, Scotland and New York in the USA. I have also completed 2 illustration jobs and had my work shown in a number of group art shows. I am also continuing to sell my work in boutique store here in Brisbane.