Pierre's explanation of why he turned from drawing to collage, completely sums it up for me, and I am sure many others. "I loved it. It was fast, expressive, and it allowed me to do anything I absolutely wanted." It makes sense that his move to New York would align with a new found interest in cut and paste--they are both similarly a fresh way of looking at things, and at the same time fast and exciting!
I'm originally from Virginia Beach, VA but I've been living in Brooklyn, NY for a few years now.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
"Just talking over cigarettes and drinking coffee." - Otis Redding
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
I like to work with vintage LIFE and National Geographic magazines. They always seem to have interesting gestures, colors, and photos. The vintage books I choose are usually pretty random. I always flip through them first. I like to have an idea of what I can use and how much of it.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
Truthfully, I haven't been making collages for that long. Before, I was really into fine line pen and ink drawings and very much into Albrect Durer's work. I never thought I had the mindset to even approach collage work. I think my time in New York really began to take it's toll. Tensions began to build up more and more and drawing wasn't allowing me get anything out. I experimented with collage work and American Traditional tattoo flash for a bit, but I still felt restricted.
One morning, I kind of woke up and just started to go at it. I had this beautiful paper a close friend of mine from Virginia gave me before I moved here, and just used that to glue the images on. I think I knocked out a few pieces in a matter of a few hours that day. I loved it. It was fast, expressive, and it allowed me to do anything I absolutely wanted.
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
Haha...I'd love to be. in a perfect world, I would...I still tattoo, but I've been concentrating on the collage work a lot more. I find it more enjoyable. I've also been working at a clothing store called Unis. If there's anything I learned in NY, it's that most people here need multiple jobs.
Do you have any formal art training?
I studied digital illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University and have always been interested design work.
Explain your favourite techniques.
I'm not really too positive what to write here. I just enjoy finding the images, cutting them out, and composing them.
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
I think it's a toss up between "It's Lonely Where You Live" and "3 Headed". They both just strike me. I think "It's Lonely..." really expresses a direct mood with its colors and imagery, and "3 Headed" really portrays this sort of dark and awkward sense.
What other artists do you admire?
I'm still a huge fan of Albrecht Durer, but since I've started this kind of work, I've been really into James Gallagher, Jesse Treece, Billy Mavreas, and JP King.