Aaron is an artist and Creative Director from New Zealand. He creates work that documents and interprets his experience of living on this wonderful planet.
What made you become an artist? Could you tell me more about your background?
I grew up in New Zealand. I loved making art since I was a child and in school it was the only subject I wanted to be good at. Art satisfied something in me as a teenager and I failed every class in High School except for design, painting, and photography. It felt natural (and the only option) for me to go art school. After Art School I floated around the world for years. I was nomadic, working many different jobs and just making art for fun. Then about two and half years ago I decided to make art my “job.” I moved from Sri Lanka to the United States and just started making a lot of work. I drove from San Francisco to Vancouver and painted abandoned places with Spencer Keeton Cunningham, I hitch hiked around Alaska and drew everything I could. I moved to San Diego and started working collaboratively with my friend Celeste Byers and now art is all I do. Someone told me recently that “when you find your passion you never work again.” I feel that way.
Could you tell us about your technique and the type of work you create?
I have a very diverse art practice so it’s hard to talk about technique. I draw, paint murals, make films, illustrate, and build installations. Aside from drawing they all start with an idea and sketching.
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How would you describe your work today?
Someone recently called it “Magical Realism” which I like a lot. It’s often autobiographical and documentation somewhat, inspired by the both the observed and unseen. I particularly like to paint plants and animals that exist me but are so unusual. There’s a lot of wonderful life on earth and I like to remind people that.
What influenced you artistically?
My mother is a painter and she always encouraged and inspired me. I’ve also had a lot of artistic hero’s in my life. When I was younger I loved the legends like Hundertwasser, Frida Kahlo, Hieronymus Bosch, and Dali. Right now I’m influenced but so much more, many artists, nature, visions, and friends. Some artist’s I could say I’m influenced by recently are Pedro Friedeburg, Mati Klarwein , Tadanori Yooko, Celeste Byers, Oscar Moreno, and Nick Cave.
Which is the best wall you have ever painted?
My favorite Mural I’ve done in Moncton Canada for the Inspire festival. It was a great experience painting there and I love the finished piece. The mural is part of a larger series of work, part of a project called “Dimensions” that I have been working on with Celeste Byers.
When you are visiting a new city, how do you choose the spot where you’ll paint a work?
Most of my murals now are commissions or for festivals. If the wall is not chosen for me I look around until I find something that looks fun. I’ll then get permission to paint from the owner of the wall.
Who is the most famous person who owns a piece of your art?
I know Pedro Friedeburg bought one of my prints. It’s a huge honor because I worship him.
Any exciting projects coming up?
I’m painting a big wall during Art Basel Miami next week with my friend Jonny Alexander.