Fanakapan ballon paintings have been on display through out the streets of the UK and the World for some time now. The UK based artist's 3D creations are the culmination of a process learning to play with light, shadow and reflection. All with his free-hand spray painting style. It captures a childhood joy that you can't help but stay mesmerized by.
We had the opportunity to talk to the talented artist about his work, influences and what things inspire him to create. Take a look at our interview below and make sure to keep an eye on this artist. He is one to watch. Enjoy!
What is your earliest memory of art?
My earliest memory of art I suppose was being frightened of a scary looking monkey on a story book cover when I was probably around 6. Our family was going through the death of my father in 1986 so maybe I linked the fear and sadness with that monkey, I’m unsure.
Where did the idea come into play? What’s your art about?
The balloon style that I paint came from teaching myself how to paint simple shapes with spray cans. Over the years I made the designs more complicated and learnt more about using shadow, reflection etc to almost trick the eye into thinking that it’s looking at a 3D object. I come from a very 3D oriented background.
A lot of other people have adopted a very similar painting style to me and unfortunately the fun I was having initially faded away with people falsely accusing me of stealing their ideas. As I’d painted my balloon style much longer than all of these people then it’s safe to say I’ve not stolen ideas off of anyone apart from maybe 🤡 clowns. Haha!
What are some things that influence your work?
Bad advertising, pop culture, friends, dreams, drugs, nostalgia, music.
What is the last thing you saw that really inspired you to create?
When I get a creative block I like to take a long break from my work, sit in the sun with a sketchbook and ideas usually spring back to mind whether they are pop culture/ cartoon character based or maybe a suitable word or phrase linked to a current situation.
I’m trying to steer clear of political messages at the moment because of idiotic Trump supporters trying to give me shit online. Saying that, it’s a very good way to get rid of the rubbish. I don’t need people like that supporting my work
If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
Without a doubt the ability to fly would be the best superpower . I’m learning BASE jumping at the moment and the feeling of flying although it’s with a parachute, is ridiculous! A less selfish power would be to heal this damaged planet and rid it of power hungry small handed orange coloured racist scum.
Who’s art do you love?
I love a lot of art. Too much to pick any in particular. Fresh ideas always impress me and as time goes by the fresh stuff will obviously become a rarity.
What do you want to accomplish with your work?
I like to help people with my work, even if it’s just to make them smile. I’ve tried doing my bit for charity too.
We are giving you an open platform. What do you want to tell the people out there?
We are living in confusing times and I’m just trying to throw some colour at it!
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