Versatility is key when wanting to create art. You must be ready and imaginative to adapt to any form of art— whether it’s in its traditional form or digitally. Los Angeles based artist, Gabe Gault, is the definition of what it means to be versatile. From painting charitable murals for Right At Home (an art based non-profit) to creating a textile design for Vera Wang, this busy artist finds time to develop and stay true to his craft. To take a glimpse into the art world, we chatted with Gabe to get to know him and his art a little better.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe most of my work as somewhat ominous, while some pieces are very Contemporary Pop Art or Street Art inspired. I grab a lot from my favorite artists and mash them together, yet what’s important to me is to keep it original with my own spin.
Did any artist inspire or influence your style?
Many have inspired me—I would say—but some stand out more than others. Shepard Fairey has been a big influence in my current mural pieces, along with a couple of other OGs. I got into art because of Akira Toriyama, an old school anime artist, which is funny because I don’t draw anime (though I am inspired by Japanese design from time to time). Also, as cliche as it sounds, Andy Warhol keeps me going. The dream of having experimental art shows with interesting people.
There’s an aspect of vulnerability many artist come across when having or wanting to share their art. Was there ever a time you didn’t want to share your art?
To this day, it’s still hard to share my artwork with others. It’s hard to overcome the fear of rejection and what people think about your projects that you spent hours upon hours on.
So how did you overcome that fear?
What helps me is just jumping in and imagining social media or events as a swimming pool. The scary part is staring at the water, but once you’re in it’s not so bad at all. It’s important to get your stuff out there whether or not people like it. At least it’s there, and you can take from that experience.
How do you incorporate digital art into your work? What’s the difference between digital art versus painting on a canvas?
Digital artwork has been a “Taboo” in the Fine arts scene so to say. When I do incorporate digital, I try to use it as I would a traditional medium. You have to be very careful when using digital because everything can look very unnatural easily. It’s important to have a certain flow just like you would on a canvas in real life.
What projects are you looking forward to in the future?
I’m looking forward to a couple of big mural projects and potential collaborations with mega artists that have inspired me. Along with that, my first solo show later this year and a few other gallery shows following that.
Any advice for young artists out there still trying to evolve and develop their style?
I would say first and foremost, study up and feed yourself knowledge on all art or art forms. It’s really easy: just go on YouTube, really. Learn about different artists that are currently successful and what they did to get there. If you try and open up an old art history book: you’ll bore yourself to death before you can create. So I highly recommend going to local museums. I check the internet sometimes, don’t get me wrong social media is great too— although it can be deceiving.
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