Another New Yorker has graced our art news page today and it is our honor to introduce to you this artist who has certainly made his incredible and unique mark in the city that never sleeps. Ladies and gents, today we give you City Kitty. His moniker itself says a lot of about his character as an artist being sophisticated, a little mysterious since we have not once seen his actual face in any of his social media.
We all love a little bit of mystery and this is quite something this brilliant artist is good at. His art speaks about different dimensions, personas and how individuality is relevant in today's society. You will be seeing characters with three eyes in one body and one face, which for us, conveys pletora of messages to people pertaining perspective and life in general.
Get to know more about City Kitty on this exclusive interview we had with him. Read on and share it to your friends and family!
An Interview With City Kitty
APA: Who has influenced your work?
City Kitty: I have been influenced by a number of different artists and subcultures starting when I was a teenager with illustrations found in skateboard, album and poster art. When it comes to more traditional art I have always been fond of the strangeness of surrealist painters like Dali and Ernst. I also love the movement of line and use of color by many of the impressionist painters. I like to see an artist’s hand in the work.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
City Kitty: I want my work to be fun. We are bombarded with a multitude of information on the streets, as a street artist I enjoy the opportunity to create a piece that may pull someone out of their world for a moment.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
City Kitty: I believe my purpose is to do what I love, which is to create art. I’m not sure if I have found my true creative path yet but I am enjoying the journey.
APA: What is your creative process from start to finish?
City Kitty: When I sit down to draw a piece I rarely think about the final product. I usually start with an eye if I feel like drawing a creature or trace some squares or other shapes if I want a different type of challenge. After I have an idea drawn out I lay down a base coat of spray paint then start to work into a piece with colored pencil. I finish the piece with markers and acrylic paint to push the highlights and shadows to give the drawing more depth.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
City Kitty: I think it’s an exciting time for art. The 20thcentury was full of art movements that pushed boundaries and the concept of what art is. Those pioneering artists have paved a path for a contemporary art world that accepts and validates all types of art.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Have fun and don’t stop creating.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
City Kitty: When I moved to NYC 10 years ago I stopped setting up goals like this for myself and began living more in the moment. I’m curious and excited to see what the future holds and I’m just hoping to continue to create and advance in my practice.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
City Kitty: Playing it safe. Allow yourself to fail and continue to push your boundaries.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
City Kitty: I give myself smaller projects such as silk screening prints and hand embellishing them. It allows me to keep my mind moving artistically. I correlate this to a musician practicing scales.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
City Kitty: The ephemeral nature of street art inspirers me. Once I put apiece up there is a time stamp on it. A piece can get torn down, covered up or destroyed by the weather. So I need to constantly create new work to reach new spaces and continue my presence in old haunts.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
City Kitty: Finding a reason to consistently create and grow. No one is going to care about your work more than you. An artist needs to continue to self motivate and rely on external validation.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
City Kitty: How to properly prepare a piece so it is ready to hang.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
City Kitty: Problem solving. You may have a great concept but the more flexible you are to modifying the concept the more you are opening yourself to bigger opportunities for advancement.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
City Kitty: Keith Haring. Seems like he was having a blast in NYC in the 80s and I love how fluid and direct his work was. I’m sure it was a treat to for those lucky enough to watch him work.
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
City Kitty: David Byrne. I unknowingly worked with his daughter for a week at a gallery in NYC. At the opening I saw them hanging out and asked how she knew him. When I finally got the courage to talk to him I was star struck and just introduced myself and moved on. He’s always been one of my favorite musicians and what better ice breaker than talking about how much I enjoyed working with his daughter.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
City Kitty: 1000 pieces. I know my talents and I know they will continue to grow. I think in the journey of creating 1000 pieces I may find the path to making a masterpiece.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
City Kitty: Michelangelo. He was a genius painter an inventor; as well as being connected with all the other great thinkers of the renaissance.
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