Where do you live?
I currently live in a town called Hemel Hempstead, just North of London, UK
What’s your cultural background?
I’m English born with most of my family from the UK, I think we may have some Italian family members on my mothers side but never really looked into it – which reminds me, I really should do
What’s your background in Art?
I have studied fine art at GNVG, A level, Degree level and I’m currently studying a Master’s Degree in Illustration
What sparked your passion in the arts?
My passion for art came from the fact that it was something I could practice and create all on my own. I love the way there is no right and wrong in art. No correct answers but an open world you can discover with no boundaries.
I always loved drawing but when I began collage and choose an art course, that’s when it really began. I was given the task of a self-portrait in class, I fell in love with drawing faces and bodies from then onwards. Ive never really stopped painting people.
How would you define your style?
My style is messy lol. I’m very expressive and emotional when I paint. I like to use all kinds of tools. Rags, sponges, paint brushes, knives, cardboard and anything I can grab at the time. I focus on mark making and building up layers slowly. I select detail when I paint, I only include things which I think are important. The rest I will form with washes of colour. My art work is very personal and made from the heart.
What does your process look like, when creating a new piece?
Again, messy! I love the chaos whilst working. Outlines become images and tones. Single marks define a subject.
Do you draw inspiration from other artists? If so who?
I’ve recently been checking out Nunzio Paci who I found on Instagram. I’m inspired by his intricate drawings and paintings. His anatomy and nature juxtaposition is just beautiful to look at.
I like artists such as Word To Mother a UK Illustrator/Street Artists, his large paintings are a visual pleasure. I also got tattooed by him once and he was a lovely chap to talk to.
A historical artists who has inspired me throughout my work has to be Francis Bacon. His mark making and subjects are of great interest to me.
Lucian Freud and Goya are also artists I like to grab inspiration from.
What is the story behind this piece? Was it inspired by a personal event, global event, etc?
This piece was a life drawing study. It was a 30 minute paintings/drawing. I actually sat there using a pot of coffee to paint most of it lol. Also masking tape and charcoal. I loved making this actually, it was fun, fast and expressive.
If you had to sum up this piece, in your perspective, what does it say to you? (how do you react when you see it. Does a memory appear, another piece come to mind, a story is created, etc)
It makes me feel warm and satisfied. There is so much within the image which makes it more interesting to view. The lady looks lonely though, isolated. The space around her helps create this. She is facing away which provokes thoughts to why she might be.
It makes personally me think of the human body and how beautiful it is. A simple body on a chair becomes an image we can view and admire.
What is your favourite era of art?
My favourite era of art must be now. I think it’s the most exciting time for artist.
So much on offer in terms of creation.
I do look back on DADA a lot though, German artist Max Emst, George Grosz etc. I went to an exhibition in New York where they showed the DADA work both created before and after the war. It was amazing to see the change in topics and colours in their work after their experience of the brutality of war. They became depressing, moving, and sad. Something that stayed with me for a long time.
Who is your favorite artist, alive or dead?
I really couldn’t narrow it down to one so here’s two
Goya – dead
Francis Bacon – dead
If you could meet one artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Francis Bacon because he liked to talk about art and drink wine which I also like to do.
Why should people care about art?
People should care about art because it’s simply beautiful and without it the world would be a very boring and ugly place.
Instagram — @CodyBullis
“There will be many instances in life, where you find yourself facing the cold hard truths of reality. Staring blankly into the future, with not a thing in sight, will leave you vulnerable and scared. What do you do when you’re stuck, you find a way out.”
“This figure is in the same position. They are stuck, they can no longer stand still or move backwards, they need to find a way to move onto the next step in their life. Unfortunately there future is blocked, blocked by poor choices and procrastination, moving forward is a problem. Knowing this, the figure sits down to force themselves to find a solution. Vulnerable and scared, they are not moving until they find a way through this mess, there’s only one option.”
“The orange/brown colors provide a sense of warmth and relaxation, yet, the intense black strokes make the scene feel hectic and rushed. The figure is not moping, it’s head is up, body in a relaxed position, either they are in deep thought or paying close attention. To me, the strokes of black represent the figures poor judgment and decisions, which have finally caught up and is blocking their path forward. Naturally, the figure takes a seat to plot their next move.”
Instagram — @22Macky_
“I see this painting as life. The person sitting down is stripped down to the very core, They are vulnerable and alone, because it doesn’t matter how many people are in your life, you always are alone in your thoughts and in your experiences, in the end you only have yourself. Before them is life (hens the lighter shades) but eventually they must die (the shades of light on the wall represents life and death). It’s a representation of our individual experiences in life.”
Instagram — @teachamantothink
“The first thing I thought of when I saw this piece was that an art class is being held and this guy is the model that everyone is drawing. He is sitting center stage of the room and as he’s being objectified, he melts into the chair and becomes an object himself. He can feel each judgment as the strokes are being drawn on the paper. The people’s faces have become a blurred background as he tunes out and drains his energy onto the floor. His body language suggests that he is relaxed, comfortable even. But sometimes comfort is masked behind a screen of insecurity and pain. He knows this is the pose that they told him to do, but he feels numb. He keeps getting flashes about the thirty things that happened to him before this noon art class had even begun setting up and yet he can’t think of a thing. Every thought would trigger a facial line to curve or flatten in a way that would display his every emotion. He never did have a good poker face, which is why his mom was shocked when he decided to take this route. And of course, what mom is proud to have a son who quit medical school only to decide to end up ass-naked modeling at a local community center. Not his, at least. But here he is, laid out for all to lay their eyes on and practice their amateur art skills on. Maybe he’ll make it into a sketchbook. Or maybe he’ll end up just a crinkled up paper tossed in the trash. Either way, it’s a paycheck for him. And another day to avoid living out his real dreams.”
Instagram — @__experimental__
“Gathering from the simple lines and colors of few, my perspective on the piece emphasises a character in poverty. Staring into the distance at lives of wealth and glamour, making him feel, from what the colours convey to me, is a feeling of misery and uncleanness. Dirty from all the labour, in the world this helpless soul resides in.”