Thursday, 13 June 2013

Interview Carlos Garde-Martin

What is your greatest achievement?
Career wise I would say it was working for the Brighton Fringe, not only are they so fun to work for, but seeing your work plastered all over your hometown is fantastic. Especially the large-scale stuff like the Citroen comedy van and info point.
How would you describe your work/style to someone who hadn't seen it?
Bold line, fun, and colours that make your eyeballs ache. Quite often my work has been described as surreal, pop, and intricate - but not always in that order.
What piece of advice would you give your 15 year old self?
Don’t be scared to go for what you really want. I spent a lot of time working away in private not really showing anyone what I do. I would tell myself to be brave and share my artwork with anyone who will look, and especially those that won’t.
When are you happiest?
Either when I’m drawing, eating, or laughing. I am yet to find a successful way of combining the three.
What is the worst job you have had?
Hands down it has to be working as a Christmas temp at the post office sorting mail. Not only was it the most repetitive thing I have ever done, it also meant getting up at 2:30am.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Leo DiCaprio, and Tarantino to direct. Of course I would have to have a cameo role in there somewhere. Probably something ironic like the art teacher I had at school. He told me to stop doodling and reading comics, and look at Caravaggio for inspiration.
What is your karaoke song?
Guns and Roses – Paradise City. It’s always a crowd pleaser and it’s easy to sing along to. Rap music on the other hand should be avoided because as much as you think you know the lyrics to that song, you don’t.
What do you dislike most about popular culture?
Technology is making it easier and easier for people not to communicate with each other properly. Instead of calling to arrange a meet up with friends it’s all done via text or facebook. You can even go to the supermarket now and do all your shopping, scan it yourself, pack it, and go home without even talking to anyone.
What is the greatest invention of all time?
The pen (or pencil which ever came first). With out that I would be drawing with a stick and some mud.
If you didn't do what you do, what would you do?
I used to be quite in to archeology when I was very young but that was when I thought it would be like Indiana Jones. The reality is middle-aged men in shorts, with long beards and Cornish accents digging holes in car parks.

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