May 23, 2008
Interview with Ekundayo
[Yevgeniy Shukhman caught up with rising artist Ekundayo just a few days prior to his Alteration show at SURU (opening on Saturday 5.24), to talk about his art and its progression. We've included preview pics of pieces from his show as well as shots of Ekundayo painting a mural in front of SURU. Enjoy]
Ekundayo please introduce yourself to our Vinyl Pulse readers. Why should they be reading this interview?
My name is Ekundayo. I was born in Hawaii. I create art for the people and for my sanity. People should read this 'cause it's better then checking their Myspace.
True to that! Well, this is the second time I'm doing an interview with you, last time being about six months ago. What have you been up to since then?
I've been in the studio working on my most recent series of paintings for the "Alteration" art show at SURU along with the "Red Forest" art show I'm doing with KMNDZ in October at Thinkspace gallery. I have also been doing a few art pieces around the city as part of my city beautification project and now that I have a little more time on my hands I plan to take that into overdrive.
That's very exciting, especially the beautification project. Can't wait to see them. So, Do you feel that there is progression in your art and process?
I'm always trying to progress with every piece I do, I feel I really made a jump with these more recent pieces. I've just been slowing down and really enjoying the process of painting and creating new work.
Your painting are complex, involved, based around your characters. Have you ever thought of turning them into Vinyl Toys like many other artists do these days? If yes, how would you approach it?
I would love to create a Vinyl Toy but when I do, I want to make sure it really captures the spirit of my work with all the grimy details. I really love Todd McFarlane's sculpts and that kind of attention to detail is something I would want to have with my toys.
The upcoming Solo Show at Suru on May 24th is your 3rd at that location. How is it different this time and what should we expect to see?
Well, Im still coming with all my usual funky flavor but there are a few new aspects that I have added to the paintings - like carving into the wood panels to create an etched effect and I'm also incorporating more of my portraiture.
Customary for all Art Shows at SURU, there is going to be very limited edition product. Please tell us about it?
I designed two t-shits that will be sold during the opening night of the show and I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I used a similar style that I do my paintings in but doing it in Illustrator really made everything super clean.
What is next and if there is something you've been keeping a secret why don't you share it with us?
Well, I'm gonna be doing a bunch more murals in the coming months. One is an event called "Exit" in July at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I will be painting a mural with the legendary Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain and KMNDZ. KMNDZ and I are also painting a five foot tall breast cast for an event organized by "Keep a Breast" foundation.
Ekundayo, thank you so much for taking time to talk to us and we can't wait to see the new works.
[Ekundayo's Alteration solo opens this Saturday (5.24) @ SURU on Melrose Ave. from 7 to 10 PM. If you're in LA -- go check out the art in person and meet the man behind it. ]
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