Interview with Erik Bendix
At the moment I am watching a lot of old Oswald cartoons from the early days of animation. Watching them, you realize just how surreal and dark they really were. With regards to my work, I am attempting to incorporate some of the elements of these cartoons into my paintings. Also, I have started to produce more sculptural work, but these are still in their early stages.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a painter?
I am Danish, and I have painted close to fifteen years.
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?
At the moment the process begins on the internet where I find imagery that I then alter in various ways on Photoshop. The images then get transferred to canvas. The actual painting sessions are usually pretty fast as I already walk into my studio with a set plan.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?
It has changed completely and not at all at the same time. For the first few years I was still radically trying things out, coming to grips with the more technical aspects of painting as well as what I wanted to achieve through painting. Thematically the same issues and interests seem to pop up in both my early work and my current work (though visually they are very different).
What do you have in common with a teenager?
Far too many things.
How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
It’s a tricky thing to do. I am definitely better at just producing work in my studio. Hopefully the work sells itself. That said, I do try to do as much networking as I can.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
Show at the Tate or something epic like that.
Something you want the world to know about you.
As much as possible about my work, and as little as possible about me as a person.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
Far too many things.
What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?
Next thing I am taking part in is a group exhibition about humour. It’s still in the early stages, but should be a bit more defined in a few weeks time.
If you had absolute power for one day, what would you do?
Make sure I had enough money to last me for three lifetimes.
What’s overrated today?