Issue # 1 of our street publication – Muse-letter featured UK born illustrator and painter, OX KING.
Ox lives and works in sunny Sydney Australia. Alternating practice between the studio and the street, OX uses psychedelic pop colour to counter-point dark humour. A combination of ambiguous text and imagery explores the romance of obsession, desire and addiction.
You may have read earlier this year our interview with Ox for his group exhibition with creative collective The Night, but in case you missed it, here it is again…
Find a hotdog… and you’ll be sure to find Ox. He’ll be somewhere near by, sitting with a sweaty brow chilling out after a paint under a miami style palm tree with an icey cold hahn super dry perusing his work with a satisfied smile.
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a scuba diver. I have my diving licence now… but its not really a job is it. So the natural progression was to art I suppose.
How did you get into art?
I have been drawing since I was a real little kid. Ended up studying art in University kind of by chance. It’s pretty much the only thing I like doing that can be in any way classified as a job
Your art could be classified as “street art” however your upcoming show is in a gallery setting and some of the pieces are done on canvas/board and will be for sale. Do you think the term “street art” is still relevant and what does it mean to you?
I hate the term “street art” to be honest. It is attached to a huge variety of shit and just doesn’t mean anything anymore. I just do art really, whatever it is. I like using spray paint a lot and that usually means painting on a wall, walls are often on the street so I guess you could call those works “street art” but if you are going to do that you should probably call paintings “canvas on walls art” and drawings “pencil and paper art”. All art is the same, just using different tools, I think most artist these days work in a wide range of practice, Street work is just one element out of a whole range.
Do you have a ‘day job’ that pays the bills? How do you manage this with your personal art? Time wise and attention wise.
I work in print production during the day to keep my overpriced Sydney rent paid and I paint at night and on the weekends. It takes a lot of work to keep both lives going. It’s kind of like being a drunker, lazier Batman.
What advise would you give to up and coming artists or people who are thinking of focussing more on their own personal art?
Just work really really really hard. If you can party and have a good time whilst doing that hard work, then you are on the right track. Don’t pay too much attention to other artists that may be doing much better that you, because that can make work overwhelming. But also don’t be too content with any attention or praise you get from your own practice because there is always going to be something new to learn and plenty of room for improvement.
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