By Rich Simmons
Will Blood is an artist I have admired for a while and I'm excited to share this interview with him. His work is a perfect blend of pop art, illustration and street art.
Learn about the artist, his inspirations, processes and become a fan of the man as well as the artist.
Can you introduce yourself to anyone who hasn’t seen your work yet?
Im an artist from the south coast of the UK. I guess I’m known now for depicting the skeletal structures of pop characters in bright colours on paper, canvas and walls, but I’ve made many bodies of work prior to that.
How would you describe your art and what techniques do you use?
Bright and a little creepy. I mainly use spray paint, acrylic paint and acrylic paint pens.
How long has creativity been part of your life?
As long as I can remember.
Did you study art or are you self taught?
Self taught. I studied music briefly then pursued a career as a rock star then got a bit bored.
You started as a designer. How did this industry shape or inspire your direction as an artist?
It gave me a good work ethic and all the basic skills I use regularly from the physical work itself to dealing with clients. Also made me realise I hate designing stuff, haha.
You have an amazing ability to look through pop culture icons and deconstruct them with the skeletons showing through. How did this style come about and is it influenced by a love of anatomy or a desire to scratch the surface and look deeper at a subject?
Too kind! Yeah absolutely, I’ve always been obsessed with anatomy and the anatomy of nature. It’s a lot of fun to give these childhood icons a mortality. I did my first one for fun in 2012/13 for a local show, people liked it, so I did more.
Once I’m more established I have some plans for some heavier concepts and to dig a little deeper emotionally with my imagery, I think that always plays on my mind.
Your use of colour is beautiful. What inspires some of these choices of colour combinations? Does it depends on the subject matter, the location the piece will showcased or is there a different reason?