Originally from sunny Southern California, this artist made his move to New York to pursue his dreams of doing visual arts whether on paper, canvass, digital and on walls. His modern day take on art has made us turn our heads twice, as we admire his ability to mix colors and create visuals that will remind you of your childhood years playing with Legos.
You will also love the fact that he is not just keeping his art to himself, but he also shares this to anyone who aspires to be an artist by being an art teacher in the Big Apple. It is without a doubt that you'll be inspired soon as you learn more about our featured artist today. Get yourself familiar with RAD. Once you see his works, you will definitely agree that he is rad as a person and as an artist.
An Interview With RAD
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
RAD: The best part about creating art is that the big kid in me has an outlet to express himself. I’ve been making art with toy imagery for awhile now and I still find it exciting and challenging to communicate through them. It’s not easy, but it’s fun.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
RAD: Being an art teacher has influenced my work. My students have taught me that a child’s work of art can have a powerful message. It changed the course of my art, leading to the depiction of toys. Also, comedians are known for bringing up serious subject matter with humor. Some of my work, depending on the piece, has an underlying seriousness below the whimsical and child-like surface. Most of the time, it’s only known to me. Other times, it’s quite obvious when I feel it needs to be. The obvious ones are like visual mission statements of sorts, like my digital drawing “Forever Young.” It has taken on several forms, but the idea holds true.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
RAD: It would be great if at first my art sparked people’s memories of their childhoods. It would be great if they could recall a more magical time when everything was exciting and new. While nostalgic and didactic art is not something fine art is supposed to aspire to be, the rebel in me could care less. Historically art has gone against what has come before, anyhow. Ironically, the tradition in art is that rules are meant to be broken. So, why stop now?
APA: What most often inspires your work?
RAD: Popular culture is an inspiration. The evolution of the human race I find fascinating and discouraging, all at the same time. I often feel like an alien visiting earth from outer space. Seeing the world from that vantage point puts things in a different perspective. It allows me to see the subjectivity, beauty and absurdity of our life on earth.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
RAD: Sometimes I feel it has to somehow relate to your own experience as a person to be meaningful. That is not to say I have to be a woman to depict one, but being human comes awfully close!
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
RAD: One of the great things about making art is being open to exploring new mediums. I never thought my art would encompass digital art along side painting, drawing, collage and photography, but here I am! There’s so much to learn in the fast paced realm of digital art.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
RAD: To make something you feel proud of requires many experiments and mistakes along the way to get to that point. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. Some great works of art history were the result of chance and experimentation, or at the very least, a lot of planning, dreaming and prototypes.
Sometimes it’s great when one thing leads to another, of which you never thought would happen in the first place. Other times, the idea that is in your head, ends up being exactly what you created in real life - and has the greatest personal impact. Your process can change all the time. I find it’s best to be open to the possibilities.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
RAD: Marcel Duchamp. I want to know what true courage feels like. To say that a bicycle wheel juxtaposed with a stool is a work of art is not as easy as you may think. It takes a lot of nerve to change the course of art history.
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Check out his website www.raddingtonfalls.com for more information about his works and upcoming releases.