Exclusive Interview with London Digital Graphics Artist: BAREFACE

Bare Face

BAREFACE is a London based, vector graphic artist who is obsessed with real world pop culture. His art ranges from the fifties to the late nineties and beyond. Pulling inspiration from film, music, superheroes, fantasy and more; Bareface creates visually appealing digital masterpieces. He has always had a fascination with different aspects of pop and hip-hop culture, namely graffiti. Intrigued by graffiti but not wanting to vandalize buildings, the artist’s curiosity led him to exploring how to translate graffiti street art to digital canvas. Thus the BAREFACE brand was born.

His vibrant use of color and trademark drips pay homage to Pop and Spray Can art. His work has been featured on several blogs including the popular Michael Jackson Fan site MJWorld. His sticker designs have also received critical acclaim showcasing at the April 17th MLT SLAPS sticker Expo in Montreal.

The artist first caught our eye with his dynamic adaptation of one of pop culture’s most revered villains, Darth Vader.

BF_Darth_Vader

We had an opportunity to link with Bareface and find out more about the brand. Check out our exclusive interview below:

SI: Explain the premise behind the Bareface brand? What does it all stand for?

BF: The ‘Bareface’ brand refers to my belief that my appearance bares no significance to my body of work. It refers to a blank canvas and being creative as the mood takes me.

SI: Your illustrations feature a lot of cultural icons. How important is pop culture in influencing your work?

BF: I grew up in the 80s and as a child I spent a lot of my time watching TV shows, cartoons, listening to music and reading comic books. Pop culture was my education about life and helped shaped my vision of the world. I was inspired by the media of that time and I use this to bring my superheroes to life on digital canvas.

SI: A lot of times people down play the field of Art because they rest on the notion of the “starving artist,” What motivates you to continue creating your art?

BF: In the Bhagavad Gita [which is a collection of sacred texts from India] it says “You are not entitled to the fruit of your labor, only the labor itself.” I believe this means that if you rely on things like money too much, you will only be miserable.What is more satisfying than money is doing the work; that feeling of euphoria when you are in the creative zone and the joy or sadness it brings to others. Basically, what motivates me to continue creating art is my desire to grow organically with the world around me and the happiness I get from creating. Whether you are financially prosperous or not, you have to be “starving” to be successful. You have to keep on pushing yourself and have the hunger to do and be better.

SI: Where do you hope your art takes you?

BF: My mission?…”To chase the muse and see where she will take me.” I have no plan, I am just enjoying creating these pieces and sharing them with as many people as possible, whether it’s online or at a gallery exhibition, and the fact you have found me and I am talking to you means that it’s working. I’m hoping that my pieces will bring joy to people, who find and enjoy my work.

SI: What’s your Street Intell?

BF: Dare to dream, dare to believe.

 

To view more of Bareface’s work connect with him online and be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Keeping up with… Kendell Jenner

Kendell Jenner

The latest member to break out from the Kardashian-Jenner Klan has quickly been making a name for herself in the industry of fashion.

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Just last week Kendell Jenner (and her lady lumps) lite up the runway causing quite the stir at Marc Jacob’s FW’14 New York Fashion Week show.

Not only is Kendell blazing runways for top designers, she’s also mingling with the who’s who of the Fashion Industry. On Sunday, February 16th Kendall rubbed shoulders with the legendary Anna Wintour as she sat in the front row at the Topshop Unique show for London Fashion Week.

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She rocked the catwalk for designer, Giles Deacon on Monday looking stunning in a black and white piece from his AW’14 collection.

Photo Credit: Catwalk
Photo Credit: Catwalk

One of her most notable appearances however has been her featured spread in Vogue magazine! Yes, she has arrived! Modeling a variety of distinguished designer collections straight from the runway, she has wasted no time in marking her territory. Watch out! It appears little Miss Kendell is planning a top model take over. There has even been speculation buzzing that as one of fashion’s newest “it girls” she is more likely to snag a Vogue cover before her eldest sister, Kim Kardashian. We’ll have to wait and see if this happens but in the meantime enjoy a few of our favorite looks from the Vogue feature below.

[Photo Credit: Vogue Instagram]
Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter ’14
Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter ’14
Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter ’14
Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter ’14
Oscar De La Renta Fall/Winter ’14
Oscar De La Renta Fall/Winter ’14
Michael Kors Fall/Winter ’14
Michael Kors Fall/Winter ’14
Vera Wang Fall/Winter ’14
Vera Wang Fall/Winter ’14
Tory Burch Fall/Winter ’14
Tory Burch Fall/Winter ’14

New York, London, Paris, and Milan; everyone is in a frenzy over fashion week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week starts February 6-13, 2014

Yes, it is that time of year again… Fashion Week! Or month rather. Mercedes Benz Fashion week is already underway and coming to a close. If you weren’t able to make it to New York don’t worry we’ve got the Street Intell. You can still view a live show or two here.

Here is a list of the other major Fashion Week shows coming up:

London Fashion Week

LONDON WOMEN’S Fashion Week starts February 14-18, 2014

MILAN Fashion Week starts February 17-23, 2014

Watch the happenings in Milan live here.

PARIS Fashion Week starts February 25- March 5, 2014

Watch the happenings in Paris live here.