We met up with Thurlo Adams to chat about his art, how he describes it and where he draws inspiration from. Enjoy the read.
Why did you start making art?
I have always spent any free time I have drawing and painting. In fact, one of my first memories is me drawing on my bedroom wall. Today I make art to express how I feel and as a form of meditation.
How would you describe your art?
I think of my work as a combination of fine art and mixed media comprised of an array of colours.
What inspires you to create the art that you do?
My work is often inspired by people I encounter in person and through media. Along with this I often draw interest and am inspired by colour and shapes I see in my everyday surroundings. This can range from a reflection on a water puddle in the city centre to patterns on tiles or bricks in a restaurant.
Who are some of your favourite artists and why?
My favourite artists has to be Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), Guillarme Grando (Supakitch) and Hayao Miyazaki and in no particular order.
Shepard Fairey for his contemporary street style and exciting ways he is able to create something of beauty with often a powerful message.
Guillarmo Grando for his unique and exciting use of different mediums and colour.
Hayao Miyazaki’s work is always fascinating and filled with imagination and fine detail.
Where are you currently based?
I am currently working and living in Cape Town. I have spent 5 years working and teaching in China and South Korea, but eventually made my way back home where I now teach and create art.
Do you have any formal training in art, or are you self-taught?
While I am self-taught I do take every opportunity to learn from others both in person and especially online. I have grown as an artist over the years and with lots of practice at every opportunity I get I am able to continue to improve.
Any upcoming exhibitions, plans, projects?
I am busy working on a series titled Aperture and am also working on a limited series of prints separately.
Where would you love to see your art displayed?
I would ideally love to see and know that my work is being displayed in peoples’ homes. I would also love to showcase my work locally at our many fine art galleries in Cape Town.
A few images from the Aperture Series (click for larger images)