Rain is an brilliant emerging visual artist from the 757. In addition to his art endeavors he also owns his own clothing brand, OneWing. This week we got a chance to hear more from him on his aspirations, his influences and his ideas on the creative culture.
Question: Where are you from
Answer: I’m from Abbeville, Alabama but I’ve lived in Virginia Beach, VA for most of my upraising.
Question: When and How did you discover that you had a passion for art?
Answer: I’ve been creating since I was young. I didn’t really know that it was my passion until I graduated high school. This is mostly due to me taking an AP Art Studio class my senior year. My teacher helped me develop a more fundamental understanding of Art and helped me develop my skill sets more. Overall, she just helped me sharpen the talent and encouraged me to keep creating.
Question: Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?
Answer: As of now the only artists that have influenced me are Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, and George Condo. I learn how to layer paint and how to reach different textures by looking at their work. The subject matter that I paint is not influenced by them though.
Question: What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?
Answer: The hardest thing that I have had to overcome as an Artist is my own self-doubt if I’m being completely honest. That and self-discipline are two things that I had to really push myself to understand.
Question: What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Answer: My biggest accomplishment as of now would have to be my “The Clouded Perception” conceptual project that included a photo series and my first solo exhibition in Washington D.C.
Question: What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?
Answer: For this year I don’t have any more projects that I am looking to release. For the next few weeks I am going to be promoting the exhibition, marketing the exhibition, and releasing prints sometime within the next few weeks. I do have several solo projects and collaborative projects in the works for 2020 though.
Question: How do you feel about the 757 creative scene?
Answer: I feel like the 757 is full of people who like the creative scene. This isn’t a bad thing though. It’s only a bad thing when people who like the creative scene want to be a part of it without knowing what it is they actually love to create. So, when you have a bunch of people who are creating aimlessly then you start to see things become repetitive due to lack of passion. I think that if you like to create that’s awesome, but when you love to create there’s a different drive that comes with that love. I think it would be dope to see and hear things that weren’t so repetitive and derivative by nature.
Question: What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?
Answer: . I think what separates myself from some other artists is passion and work ethic. I love creating and it’s what I think about every day, from the moment I wake up until the time I go to sleep.
Question: What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you overcome it?
Answer: My biggest failure has been not marketing as much as I could have for the past three years.
Question: What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves?
Answer: I don’t think I have made a name for myself yet, so I don’t really know from that perspective. However, I do think I am on the right path. But, with the little experience I do have, I would say that to get their name out there more, upcoming artist should learn and network as much as they can.
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Information On “The Clouded Perception” Solo Exhibition: https://www.onewing-owtf.com/exhibitions
OneWing Website: https://www.onewing-owtf.com/