INTERVIEW: INSTA ART VOL. 32

SARA SHAKEEL, ALI OSSAYRAN, JOSH DICKINSON, FEDERICO PICCI

SARA SHAKEEL: SHINING BRIGHT

 

Describe your work in three words.

Love, God, life.

 

What does your art focus on?

Whatever I am capable of understanding is what my art represents!

 

What triggers your imagination?

I would say deep buried sweet pain that comes out to the surface as confused emotions eventually creating it into a piece of art!

 

Who has had the most influence on your artistic growth?

Everyone around me, from singers to long gone artists! God! I see inspiration in the most weirdest of places.

 

Besides your computer/phone, what is the one thing you cannot work without?

Music! It's the very reason I still live!

 

Name three Instagram accounts you follow religiously.

Plastik, Popmyeyes, Milk.

 

Has Instagram influenced your work? 

I owe my every bit of success to Instagram! I started my career on it, and today I have thousands of followers, 250k+ on Instagram alone and on every social media platform.

 

Your all-time five favorite music tracks?

Swedish House Mafia “Don’t you worry child” 

Bob Sinclar “Rainbow of Love”

Noah “IT BREAKS YOUR HEART” mark edit

SnoopDogg "Sensual Seduction"

George Michael "Faith"

Culture Club "Karma Chameleon"

 

Your five all-time favourite movies? 

Top Secret

Gladiator

Titanic 

Silence of the Lambs 

La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful)

 

Tell us about your biggest failure

Haha, I failed my last year of dental school, made me who I am today! for if I never failed, I would have been a regular old dentist never knowing the the Sara I am today. Even the sound of it makes me sad! I am glad I failed! I couldn’t be more thankful.

 

Who is your dream collaboration?
Making films, short movies, creating poster art for everyone all around the world. from films, to music to art direction. I have taken the first step by creating short animations, album poster/cover for axwell & ingrosso (ex members of Swedish House Mafia) that was the best moment of my life. It’s funny because it’s been only a year being an artist, and I get to say that! 

 

What keeps you going?

I’ve realized the power I have of creating art is a gift from God, and I need to thank him every time I create something! It’s a form of worship that I need to do every day and that itself keeps me going! Just to make him happy! lol I hope I made sense.


 

ALI OSSAYRAN: ALL ABOUT POP

 

Describe your work in three words.

Media meets Personification. 

 

What does your art focus on?

Conceptual Design focused on pop culture and social media.

 

What triggers your imagination?

My imagination runs wild, I’ll start with a concept and build upon it until its unique enough for me to step back and say “Woah. That’s New”. 

Anything from television and movies to technology and the Internet drive my imagination. I’ve always been fascinated by how we’ve developed so quickly into our current lifestyle. I’ll focus on bringing that idea to “life”.

 

Who’s had the most influence on your artistic growth?

Alive, I’d say the many Instagram artists who share my passion. I’m always keeping up with them and learning new techniques which never gets boring. There’s always something new.

Dead, Salvador Dali. His work was always so bizarre and his concepts pushed the norms people were used to.

 

Besides your computer/phone, what is the one thing you cannot work without?

TV or music, It keeps me afloat when I’m working and sparks ideas. I’ll take breaks and listen to the words to try and find anything that might help the piece.

 

Has Instagram influenced your work?

Big time. Instagram is full of talented artists and new ideas. The designs, the colors, and the people who support one another are just a huge influence for me. Without it, I wouldn’t have a place to share with everyone as easily.

 

Tell us about your biggest failure. 

My biggest failure was not learning and showcasing my work at a younger age. I was always shy and stubborn. I remember I would use excuses not to learn and focus on bettering my art. I cared so much about what people might think. My family and friends helped me find myself in all of that, “broke my shell” in a sense. It led me to enroll at The Academy of Art in San Francisco where I learned everything I know.

 

Name three Instagram accounts you follow religiously.

@love.watts, @popmyeyes, @benedettodemaio.

 

Your five all-time favorite movies? 

“The Godfather” - Isn’t it everyone's? The tone of the movie, the actors and the sequels  was such a rollercoaster of emotions. They brought the story to life.

“Empire Strikes Back" - I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I love the visual effects and the story lines. The futuristic tones in the film influence a lot of my design.

“The Dark Night” - The story and script was so complex and very well executed by the actors and the late Heath Ledger. I just couldn’t stop watching. I remember all my friends teasing me because I had seen it in theaters three or four times.

“Catch Me If You Can” - This movie was so fun to me. Seeing Leonardo DiCaprio “snake” his way around so many loop holes in this cat and mouse movie makes it a favorite of mine.

“Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” - This one holds a sentimental value to me. My father would show my brother and I this movie as kids. We would run around the house with our toy guns playing cowboys. 

 

Your all-time five favorite music tracks?

"Gold" by Chet Faker

"Go Back Home" by FKJ (French Kiwi Juice)

"Flashing Lights" by Kanye West

"That’s Life" by Frank Sinatra

"Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles

 

Who is your dream collaboration?

I would love to work with a huge director or artist on cover work for a new album or a movie poster. It’s been a dream of mine since I was young.

 

What keeps you going? 

My family, friends, and followers. They have shown me endless amount of support and have kept me motivated to work and create everyday. I really love what I do and if I can make someone pause in their steps and also say “Woah. That’s New” then I’m happy.  


 

JOSH DICKINSON: WHEN WORK BECOMES PLAY

 

Describe your work in three words.

Playful, colorful, crafted.

 

What does your art focus on?

I focus on having fun with my art. If I’m not having fun making it, I don’t think it will convey the energy I want to my viewers.


What triggers your imagination?

Small things like a shape, a color, or just the way two objects look next to each other. My mind takes these little things and tends to jump to random image ideas to make with a camera.

 

Who’s had the most influence on your artistic growth?

I think all the photographers that I assisted when I was coming up in the photo world here in NYC had a big impact on who I am as an artist. Seeing how they interacted with their clients and approached different projects visually and technically showed, me many different ways to create and present ones self. All that information/experience helped me shape who I wanted to be as a photographer/artist.

 

Besides your computer/phone, what is the one thing you cannot work without? 

Shoes. For some reason having shoes on puts me in the mindset that “It’s time to work” and helps me focus on creating rather than being distracted by other things.

Has Instagram influenced your work? 

It has. I feel like Instagram is a great tool to keep a pulse on what’s going on in the industry and new trends. It’s also great place to see what your peers are working on and get inspired by their amazing work. I don’t have time to go to a gallery or museum everyday, but I can take a few minutes to look at work people from around the world are making on my phone.

Name three Instagram accounts you follow religiously.

Besides all of the dog accounts?

@ifyouhigh posts so many visually satisfying videos

@adigoodrich I love seeing all of the environments and images she dreams up (I'm also a sucker for a BTS photo)

@WeAreSundayAfternoon because my friends constantly inspire me to keep pushing my own work.

 

Tell us about your biggest failure. 

Sometime around 2013 I was dealing with some health issues that made it almost impossible for me to work. I was still assisting and ended up losing all of my regular clients. When I sorted everything out health-wise I had to really hustle and put in countless hours of work to get my name out there again. I feel like this drive hasn’t left me since then and now here I am a few years later living out my dream career.

 

Your five all-time favorite movies?

The Royal Tenenbaums, Survive Style 5+, The Holy Mountain, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club.

For a plethora of different reasons. Most stem off either visually bringing a world to life or conveying a story thats fun to follow.

 

Your all-time five favorite music tracks?

Don’t know if they are my top 5, but they are definitely up there:

“Deal With You And Me” - La Guillotine

“Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine” -Tigers Jaw

“Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)” -Taking Back Sunday

“Daybreak” -Saves The Day

“At Your Funeral” -Saves The Day

 

Who is your dream collaboration?

I would love to work with Sagmeister & Walsh. Our aesthetics and sense of playfulness seem to align really well and I can’t even comprehend how amazing a project that we all put our heads together

on could be.


What keeps you going? 

Knowing if I stop I won't be happy.


 

FEDERICO PICCI: FILLING SPACES

 

Describe your work in three words.

Metaphysical surreal lie. 

 

What does your art focus on?

Recently I felt in love with 3D. I use it in order to experiment what it would be impossibile or expensive to make in the real world.

 

What triggers your imagination?

I like to inspire myself with good movies. When I go to the cinema, I sit down and I literally let that movie feed me with its music, images and all those moments that create in me a feeling. I start from those feelings to create something new. 

 

Who’s had the most influence on your artistic growth and why? 

When I was child I started to draw because I liked The Simpsons on television. I drew a lot and then I understood that I wanted to study art. There I felt in love with impressionism and all modern art, including history of advertising and graphic design.

 

Besides your computer/phone, what is the one thing you cannot work without? 

Music. When I work alone I cannot start without my favourite biscuits and my favorite peach juice.

 

Has Instagram influenced your work?  

I say yes, because it helped me to discover new people and references but I always try not to abuse it too much, because I take inspiration and being influenced as concepts, and the last one is dangerous. 

 

Name three Instagram accounts you follow religiously.

Actually I really enjoy the work of 

@Eloisa - @Six N. Five - @Vallée Duhamel 

 

Tell us about your biggest failure.

Some time ago I took part in a graphic design contest. We had a theme and we had to express that with a maximum of 10 illustrations. I decided to make all 10 and I was sure that at least one could win. 

At the end, the contest was won by a guy who made just one amazing illustration, I was really upset but since that moment I have understood that it is better to focus on quality then quantity.

Your five all-time favorite movies?

“The Best Offer” - I think it is one of the most dramatic movies I ever seen. Everyone has an experience of a broken heart.

“Interstellar” - I am a big fan of science fiction and Nolan’s style. I like his capacity to make you think and identify yourself with the characters. Plus I love the simplicity but  power of soundtracks directed by Hans Zimmer.

“The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie” - I love the lightness, the humor and the beauty of picture. Lovely soundtracks by Yann Tiersen.

“Little Miss Sunshine” - Same reason as  Amélie, but with more dramatic sense as it shows you a societal dimension.

“The Blues Brothers” - Probably the first movie I watched. So funny and brilliant story. Thanks to this movie I discovered blues, country and jazz.

 

Your all-time five favorite music tracks?

-Chopin - “24 Preludes, Op. 28:No.15 in D flat major - Sostenuto”

-Tame Impala - “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

-M83 - “Outro”

-Jacob Bellens - “Untouchable”

-Pink Floyd - “Money”

 

Who is your dream collaboration?

If you mean a client, MTV and VANS have always been my dream since I started. Instead for a non-commercial project there are many people I’d love to work with, but it would be really interesting to collaborate with Pablo Alfieri, I like his works and taste.

 

What keeps you going?

I like to push myself. My value (and flaw) is that I am pretty ambitious, I like to think big. But it is not ego, we live this life and I think anyone should pretend the best by it, we should go as far as we can using all our opportunities and tools.

ArtEli Rezkallah