Northern Californian artist and writer Wayne H.W. Wolfson is completely self-taught and has had an expansive career. He has amassed a large body of work in a riot of colours and eclectic styles. This makes him one of the most striking, interesting and chameleon-like artists around.
I have written and compulsively doodled since my earliest years
Not that any of it was any good. I just kept at it long after everyone moved into the real and adult world, while working a long line terrible jobs. Although it’s a cliché to say this, I have always wanted to be an artist.
Many great artists were ignored for most their life. Their chops were garnered by just doing their thing, by following their own North Star
The biggest thing I see now is an over importance placed on social media numbers, likes, hits, retweets, reviews. Of course, there is no escaping having an online presence. Yet artists and creatives seem to be chasing these numbers to feel legitimised or to gain exposure.
It takes pressure to make a diamond, grit to make a pearl
If anyone wants to be in the game long term, there is no avoiding unpleasant aspects of it, which should not be feared nor avoided. My early years I could not even get arrested. Do the work, develop a voice and the rest will come.
This piece of mine is one of my favourites
One of the benefits of the internet is drawing in for inspiration from every era and style
It surprises me that a few decades before the internet, if you were a fan of one school or style, then it was forbidden to proclaim your admiration for things outside of that. Since the internet, it’s no longer a big deal to like diverse styles. I am all over the place with mine. Here are some of my favourite artworks:
Music is my main influence for everything I do in both visual art and writing
I have an obscene number of CD’s, plus amazon music. I listen to a lot of stuff, but mainly to classical and jazz and different Boiler Room sets. I like Kini Rao, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Pinkcourtesyphone. My go-to creative music is Mahler, Stravinsky, Morton Feldman, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
I am very fortunate to be able live in Paris a little each year
The place continues to do it for me. I know my side of the river, my arrondissement by heart. Yet every year, I still find new things and continue to be delighted by the familiar sights as well.
Giving advice to other artists is like being in an ouroboros
Someone young is being given advice by someone older with the precursors of “No, listen I was where you are at now.” Then eventually they find themselves being the older person saying “No, really listen..”
Check out my website Terrible Beauty which links to all of my stuff including my blog
I have a few exciting things in the works, but the pandemic has made releases wonky. I know this is least of problems one could face during these times. Feel free to get in touch with me for any creative opportunities or to buy my art.