In this Label 55 Confidential, we sit down with the amazingly talented artist, Eddy Bogaert.
Eddy is based out of New York and creates some artistic masterpieces. We sit down with him to learn a bit more about him.
Q: How long have you been involved in the creative arts industry?
A: I’ve been involved all my life as I have always been creative; but, I have been doing it full time for the last four years.
Q: What are you involved in?
A: I do mostly mix media work on canvas; but, I also create murals and I am starting to get more into sculpting.
Q: How did you get involved in it?
A: I was lucky enough to have had people who believed in my art and helped push me. Lynn Hutchins was one of them as well as Mike Eisenberg.
Q: Who were some of your artistic influences?
A: Some of my influences include Katharina Grosse, Harif Guzman, Domingo Zapata, Mackenzie Spindler, Christopher Wool, Sandra Chevriers, Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Georg Baselitz and Damien Hirst.
Q: What is your favorite color or color scheme to utilize?
A: I use neon a lot in my work which helps because I can then also add black light to my work to change the painting up.
Q: What type of medium do you prefer to use?
A: I use mix media; so, in other words, I utilize markers, spray paint, acrylic, oil paint, collage, and nail polish.
Q: Did you have any mentors to help guide your way?
A: At first thought, I would say “no”; but, I have to say that would be a lie as I have been helped by many people in my lifetime. My cousin, Jorge Hernandez was a great mentor as well as was my uncle Paco Bonnemaison and my aunt Anis Bonnemaison. Karim Amatullah and Jeff Rice were also mentors of mine. It is interesting to note that none of them are artists; but, they all helped mold me in a way that helped me with my art.
Q: What’s the biggest obstacle faced so far?
A: My biggest obstacle has been getting into a gallery who really believes in me and wants to grow with me. I’m looking for a gallery that wants to provide guidance towards my artistic freedom.
Q: What was the most important advice you’ve been given?
A: I was told to “never give up, you’re an amazing artist…”
Q: What is your most proud accomplishment to date?
A: I have so many that I can’t really say and I don’t want to leave any of them. However, one thing I can say is that being alive is a great accomplishment in itself.
Q: What’s your goal of your artwork?
A: I want to be a world renown artist and move the masses.
Q: Who is somebody you always wanted to work with?
A: I always wanted to work with Domingo Zapata , Adam Dare and Damian Hirst.