Interview with Kyle Smart
Who are you and where are you originally from?
My names Kyle Smart. I spent last year living and studying in Italy on Erasmus, now I’m finishing up at UWE in Bristol. I have done some small stuff for things like AMMO magazine and I’ve been involved in some exhibitions in the UK and Europe. I was born in Wales but raised up t’north.
How would you describe your work?
Well thats always a hard question, It’s starting to take shape though. I would describe it as contemporary ideas and concepts led by more traditional techniques and values.
Where can people find your work online?
What are some of your interests?
Well I hope it goes without saying that I like to draw and paint. Film is probably my second big love though, which is another conversation. I want to do more travelling too.
Where do you get inspiration for your work?
It comes from all over. For instance compositionally I love how things are staged in theatre, or like how colour is burnt out in 60’s lomo photography. I also do a lot of cafe sketching which gives me a sense of action and can spark some good ideas off.
Who are some of your favourite artists?
Darren Aronofsky, Gustav Klimt, Bernie Fuchs, Ashley Wood
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m trying to round my portfolio off for when I leave Uni, this means revisiting some ideas and images from earlier on in the year one last time. I have just started thinking about a series of theatre poster though, watch this space.
Who would you most like to work for/ with?
I would love to have some sort of residency with someone like Ashley Wood or maybe James Jean. Not that they even do that, I still think it would be cool. If it were a company I’m gonna go for the stock answer… Pixar! Not that my work is remotely relevant at the moment. Looks like too much good fun though.
Anything else you’d like to mention?
Everyone in this group has come on so much in the last year, Its astonishing to see peoples work develop so fast. We definitely have the next big thing among us somewhere.
Thanks for reading,