Art duo Herakut hits Manila this August 7-10 for a series of events including two exciting live art sessions: one at Fully Booked High Street (Aug 9) when they will paint a wall in our design wing, and a second live event at BGC (Aug 10) where they will share the spotlight with some outstanding homegrown Filipino artists. Over the next few entries, we will get to know the local talents that will be doing live artwork alongside Herakut.
Introducing street pop/contemporary illustration artist Anjo Bolarda…
Three adjectives that best describe you?
Pin-up. Monsters. Details.
Describe your design philosophy, or, the thought behind your body of work.
My main influence is a combination of Japanese pop culture and a western street art. That’s why sometimes I call my style “Sukiyaki Western” a term originally used in Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained. My works are very personal, thats why I shift to different mediums based on the idea or message I want to express and also what I feel in a certain situation. I want my art to be engaging, thats why I use familiar characters like sexy ladies (pin ups), typography and very expressive monsters.
Let’s talk influences. Top 3 artists you look up to and why.
My top 3 artist that influence my works are Jeremyville, Shintaro Kago and Fafi.
How do you find inspiration for your work? Any best practices or advice for budding artists?
I find inspiration from daily activities, especially when i talk with friends. Somehow, I steal some interesting stories they’ve told me over coffee.
What music are you currently enjoying?
I don’t usually have favorite artists but only favorite songs. I like a few songs from the 90’s, from Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Radiohead, Coldplay, Star Sailor, Portishead, Bjork and Garbage. Now I’m currently listening to Shugo Tokumaru, Tenniscoats and RIP SLYME.
Lastly, what are your 3 favorite books and why?
My three favorite books would be The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma, The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin and It’s Not How Good You Are But How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
Any shout outs?
Inspire don’t expire!! 😀
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