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Five Minutes with Norman Begley (Namibia)

Norman Begley will be tattooing with us from 13th August - 25th August 2018. We asked him a few questions ...

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Q & A with Kim Stokes featured artist at 5x5 exhibition

Kim Stokes is a blonde Harry Potter character (not to be mistaken with Draco),that commands an army of cute and tiny items that almost leans towards hoarder syndrome.

A Wits Fine Arts graduate who has her phone laced with pug shots and all things cute. Kim juggles the 9-5 world with a top performing cheerleading squad (fierce!).  

Did we mention that she sold her soul to the gods of online shopping? And then sometimes she makes art and falls asleep at porcelain courses


We asked her some deeply personal questions which she answered below: 


Name: Kim Stokes AKA Baby Fuckboy


Occupation: Head Pug Wrangler at a Creative Agency


What inspired your artworks for 5x5: I am attracted beautiful, soft, ethereal things, so that is what I chose, in my past life I must have been some sort of forest creature with a swishy tail. A different part of my head made that art and I haven’t tried to unpack why other than that’s what I wanted to paint, so I painted it. All the pictures started with a background, which set the colour scheme and the “subject” was integrated from that. The girls and animals all floating in their backgrounds. I like the idea of pushing the medium to a different level, making oil look like watercolour but still maintaining it’s typical oil properties, loose and soft but still opaque and I love the unintentional drips that come with diluting the paint so much.


What media did you use: Oil paint, a lot of turps on canvas. I used paint markers for the fine details.


What are you  listening to: Steps - Tragedy and sometimes I listen to a 30 min version of the same song on repeat Tom Rosenthal - Go Solo, it’s very nice.


What are you watching: Harry Potter 1 - 8 (repeat)


What are you reading: Haruki Murakami - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World


What is your favourite English word: Zoloft, it means happiness that is near impossible to express.


Best Spice Girl and why? : TBH I was more of a TLC girl. RIP Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes 4 lyf.


All works available for purchase


Pic credit to Zeno Peterson

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