Art Plugged interview today is with Hong Kong-born artist known as Mr. Likey, he began his arts journey at Philadelphia University of the Arts, he graduated then went on to win “Golden Key Art Award. He was developing his style, which involves mixing different trend symbols at subverting popular cartoon elements and recreating them. Street culture and American animated cartoons greatly influence Mr. Likey.
He has displayed this in his exhibitions in New York and Hong Kong titled “Not Now But Right Now!” One of his works, “Asian American”, combines “Milk Girl”, “Milk” and “Asen” to reflect his role as Asian. The identity that people seek in the white world shows the excellent ability of Mr.Likey to think from different backgrounds with the expression of “painting in painting.”
Art plugged will be getting to know the man behind the art, his inspiration, the art, and his creative process.
Q: First things first, why do you do what you do?
A: If you mean painting, I love painting, there’s no reason about it, it just makes me feel good when I paint and create.
Q: What is your inspiration?
A: I get inspire by different artists, popular elements and art history.
Q: What is your creative process when you’re creating?
A: Once I have an idea which I feel excited with, I make several sketches until I’m satisfy for painting.
Q: What would you say is an integral part to the work of an Artist?
A: I would say being creative with ideas and making new work consistently.
Q: What is the reason behind your use of American cartoons in your pieces?
A: Cartoons are what I watch everyday after school, so it means something to me, also Amercian cartoons are universally recognizable.
Q: When do you know when a piece is finished?
A: When I know I shouldn’t add anymore on a piece, then it’s finish.
Q: What is your favourite piece from your collection?
A: It’s hard to pick just one piece, right now I’m having fun with my Donut Bears collection, any piece which I have fun creating is my favorite piece.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing for you about being a part of the Art Industry?
Being able to create works that people like is the most rewarding thing.
Is there anything that worries you about how social media is affecting the promotion of artists?
A: Just being consistant with new post, keeping your post interesting and original.
Q: Do you have any advice for artists starting out and don’t know where to begin?
A: Don’t think too much, just do what you like, and improve yourself constantly, if you are good enough, good things will happen.
Q: What would you say is the best way of getting your art noticed in the age of the internet?
A: Honestly I don’t know either, I would like to know too.
Q: Are there any places where you feel Art and Technology really shouldn’t overlap?
A: Not that I could think of right this moment, there’s no define way to do art, and if technology is your thing then more power to you.
This was Mr. Likey, an artist in the industry, and you can follow Mr. Likey on Instagram to keep update with his latest works, exhibitions, and more.
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