Hungry Eyeball interviews Portland artist Ian Anderson and is releasing his archival prints in our online gallery. First Friday in October 2012, Ian will also be having a new piece in the Hungry Eyeball curated group show called “Skulls” at Redux in Portland.
>>> Where are you coming from?
Geographically I come from Utah where I spent most of my time in Salt Lake City. I moved to Portland Oregon about six years ago. Stylistically I’m trying to come from an honest place and express ideas about perception and existence through a slightly surreal lens.
>>> Where do you want to go?
Europe, Africa, India, China, South America, Australia, Japan. Everywhere I guess. Artistically everywhere as well.
>>> I hear you just DJed at Tiga in Portland, name your top songs you played that night.
Yeah, that was a lot of fun. I recently visited Utah and found a bunch of 1970s jazz, funk, and soul records for fifty cents each, so I stocked up. One of my favorite finds from that expedition was Bob James’ One. I played the song “Nautilus” which has been sampled a bunch in the hip-hop world. I also found a couple of 70s era Lonnie Liston Smith records. Cosmic Funk and Expansions. I played “Desert Nights” off of Expansions. I have to say that one of my favorite songs that I always squeeze in when I spin records is “The Moors” by Weather Report. It’s off of an early 70s album, I sing the Body Electric, which is much heavier and more abstract than their later cheese-ball stuff. That track is a completely off the hook mind-blowing improvisation, clocking in at just under five minutes.
>>> In your artwork, you seem to have an earthy-natural color palette, why this choice and where did it come from?
You know, I think that Gouache really lends itself to earth tones. When I paint with oil or acrylics I often go much brighter and have to consciously subdue the palette at times. I guess I feel that more natural colors translate ideas in a subtler fashion, whereas bright colors can often shock the senses, overpowering the subject. Of course they can still be used with great efficacy and I’m sure I will go brighter again at some point.
>>> Is your artwork more personal or fantasy, can you explain?
It’s fairly personal I suppose as it is a manifestation of my subconscious. I like to think of it more as fables or a mythology inspired by dreams and visions as an extension of the mortal plane.
>>> What does Ian Anderson like to do other than painting?
I still skateboard on a semi-regular basis, usually at local skateparks with a couple of buddies. I’m also kind of trying to start a band, but so far practice has been pretty sporadic. Gardening is very satisfying to me. It turns out I have a bit of a green thumb.
>>> Top five things you love about Portland.
Nice people, easy living, good food, local businesses, free piles.
>>> I hear you are going to be in the next Thrasher magazine, how did this come about?
I met Thrasher writer Adam Creagan through a local artist who does some really great work: Robert Newhouse. Adam was in town from San Francisco and we hit up a bunch of local skateparks. He saw a sample of my work and offered to get me into the regular skateboarder-artist feature in Thrasher called Canvas.
>>> Any upcoming shows or events that you can tell us about?
Besides the October Thrasher article which actually should be out the first week of September, I have a solo show at the Albina Press and will be apart of a group show at Redux in October 2012.
Check out some more Ian Anderson prints in the Hungry Eyeball gallery.