Such an interesting story around this Haight Street Rat. I remember growing up in LA seeing the most beautiful street art on the river getting painted over as the city tried to “clean up” LA. Upon returning to LA after Basel I immediately watched Saving Banksy and am questioning the art world even more than ever. To take an artist’s work down from the streets and sell it for crazy money without an artist’s permission is disgusting and should be illegal. Work meant for the people ending up at an auction house. Respect for Brian Greif and what you’re doing!
2. What informs and shapes your taste and style?
I love colour. Some of my best memories from childhood are of colour. One of my earliest is of looking at a blue toy plastic car. It would have been one of the first uses of plastics in toys as we moved away from tin. I would take it to bed with me just to look at the colour - something to do with the mix of the yellow artificial light and the blue of the plastic transformed it into a deep and rich green/blue. Even thinking about it now can bring back that wonderful feeling that colour can give. I also remember a Rupert the bear [a children’s book] annual from 1956 and the strange magical world that Alfred Bestall created with his beautiful illustrations. Those books were packed with detail. It is often the small, what seem inconsequential things that change your life. Whoever gave me that book, unbeknown to them, helped change my future direction.
Brian Froud, Arthur Rackham and Alan Lee are great fantasy artists who have really inspired me.
I also love the work of George Underwood and his choice of colour.
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