This is a very special interview for us to conduct, as we have known ThArt from way back when Utopia Playground was just an obscure idea and a Moleskine notepad full of code. He was one of the first to consistently upload his artistic creations to Utopia and is a very dear ‘friend of the family’ here at Utopia. ThArt is a digital artist whose style is very focused on minimalism, and building atmosphere through gentle textures and powdery, pastel backgrounds. This combined with the quite edgy centerpieces he chooses, often creates a dimension of tranquility and zen. Let’s jump right on in to the interview to find out a bit more about ThArt.
Where and how did your journey into the arts begin?
For me, art has always been a main focus point, needless to say my subject choice in College reflected that to a certain degree. I studied Computer Games Development in College and found a sense of joy in creating visuals that people could interact with whether that be 3D or 2D.
Overtime I experimented with various digital photo manipulation techniques in order to create what I thought was a striking visual, using Photoshop as my tool of choice. Most of my early efforts where documented on my social media sites (Instagram @thart_ ). I gained a following among the art curators and support from those that believed in my vision this in turn inspired me to create more and dedicate myself to something that felt so natural to do.
How is your personality reflected in your work?
I believe I am a very open minded person, who isn’t afraid to try or learn new things. I also believe most of my artwork mirrors that same stand point in a way that resonates with whoever views it and creates an opinion of it. My aim is to create bodies of work that can be identified by people from all walks of life, whether it be Sexuality, Religion & Race I aim to create a sense of ubiquity within all my pieces.
What influences have you taken to develop your style?
Over the years that I’ve been making art, I have taken time to understand other artists and their viewpoints on society and why they create the artwork they do. For me an influential artist who I believe isn’t credited enough for the way modern illustrations look is Salvador Dali, you know. as a kid you’d flick through art books and point out these Creative illustrative illusions to your peers in amazement.
That feeling stayed with me into adult hood, I stayed fascinated with his attention to let’s say… detail when creating visuals that looked so dreamlike, it was provocative at best and allowed those who looked at his work to imagine.
My style is almost a pastiche of his with a twist of digital photo manipulation, I guess a part of me the inner child if you will… never died and my own input in this world is to create moments in history that are Surreal because what’s real anyways right?
What are the qualities or elements which distinguish your work as ’Th Art’?
The hardest thing about creating art I’ve found and being an artist is creating a style that distinguish you from others. For the most part my views on surrealism & minimalism hugely have an impact on the work I produce. I like to think my deep understanding on colour palettes and image proportions are what help me create fresh original digital pieces.
What is a dream project you have always wanted to work on?
Man… I’ve always wanted to work on something big…you know, something spectacular. I’ve had my eye on fashion for a while now and I believe that fashion is an expression or rather an art form that’s implemented in a more physical and dare I say it… “Emotional” way.
I hope to do more collaboration projects with some of my generation’s upcoming fashion designers, anyone who is local (or overseas) and dedicated to their craft, I want to hear from you! I believe we are the future and we have the power to shift it.
Can you take us through an average day?
Most of my day is pretty much centred on creating new visuals.
As a freelance artist I find myself doing commission work for clients, collaboration projects with people within my circle and some personal projects that involve me using the Adobe Creative Suite, and as of recent Cinema 4D to create 3D visuals.
To me Graphic design isn’t just a job I do, it’s also a hobby, a passion amongst other things like playing video games (which I have no time for these days sadly). I find purpose from creating.
For someone seeing one of your illustrations for the first time, what would you want them to take away from your work?
All I want people to do is think.
Thought is powerful, when you see my illustrations just think… What do you see? what do you feel ? And why do you feel that way? Through thought only then are we able to analyse our feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Did you study art?
No… However I wish I did.
If we had a peek into your iTunes library, what kind of music would we find?
Man when I say I listen to everything I mean I really do, my music library choice ranges from Migos, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, 67, Section Boys and even Majid Jordan. I allow myself to listen to such a wide spectrum of music as I value and appreciate all forms of poetry no matter what genre it is in. I’m sure there’s a screenshot I can grab somewhere of my current iTunes library.
What can we expect from Th Art in 2017?
First of all I will be re-launching my website “THART.CO” late January 2017 with more content, so keep that in mind! In the meantime feel free to delve into my VSCO library which includes some of my best works and my earlier pieces.
I am also taking time to work with more graphic designers, fashion designers and musicians this year. I believe in collaborating to create better ideas.
The dictionary defines Utopia as an imaginary place or state in which everything is perfect. What is your own personal utopia?
Utopia for me is the understanding of your own thoughts and relating them to your day-to-day life. This understanding comes through acknowledging that Utopia is a Mind state. This imaginary place of ever-present perfection, encapsulates my personal ideology on the topic of hope towards perfection through imperfection. I believe Utopia is a mind-set that allows you to explore your creative abilities.