Duffyleg - http://duffyleg.com/
His personal work is a steeped in the influences of American classic car culture, Motorcycles, hot rods, and mid 20th century advertising design. Anchored by undeniable design principles, his pieces are remarkable and driven by an unharnessed creative soul. The artist makes beautiful mixed-media collages which layer fragments of various designs on top of one another in the pursuit of building a contemporary understanding of a niche cultures and time periods.
Duffyleg’s show will open on Thursday April 30th at Antler Gallery, see you there!
I love the PNW. It is a beautiful part of the world with great people. The community here in the Northwest is one of my favorite parts. I am involved in a few different "scenes", the art scene, choppers, and a few others; social media makes it easier to meet people and get connected with people all over the world in these "scenes", however the Northwest seems to be the place where everyone truly supports everyone else.
As far as influencing my work, besides the obvious of the amazing scenery, the dark rainy days are great for studio time. I feel like I can really hunker down in the winter and push through projects in the studio. It's really nice how the city kind of shuts off in the winter and allows you to focus. I think that is why so many prolific people arise out of the Northwest, we have several months to go underground and hone our craft.
I fidget, I tinker, I love creating, when I am not making something I am thinking about a project, or idea. Not everything I make is "art" per say, but I love the tactile process of starting somewhere and working with your hands to reach a final product. There is an internal voice that is always wondering and imagining, I just listen to that voice. I chose are specifically because I think it is important to inject creativity into society. It is important for culture to have art immersed into it. Whether it is a reminder to use your imagination, it sparks a discussion, or encourages creative problem solving, it is imperative that art exists. I am just lucky people like the things I make.
3. If you weren’t an artist, what would you do with your life?
I'm not sure... Work with my hands doing something. I pretend to be a bike builder on the weekends. Although I have only ruined my bike and just help friends with basic maintenance on theirs. I always dreamed about being a hot rod builder... One day, maybe.
My work is rooted in American car culture, I truly feel the American Automotive industry from the early beginnings to the late 70's was one of the most artistically driven and technologically fueled movements in American history. And most of it was furthered by normal guys working in their garages. My work is a hyper-stylized collage based narrative on what could have happened in my mind during that time period. I use old car magazines, comic books, advertisements, movie posters, and any other ephemera I can get my hands on to stitch together images based on an event that I could foresee happening. It's really an aesthetic driven approach to honing in on a nostalgia for a period that I am trying to pay homage too. I feel like the guys and gals from the hot rod scene, chopper scene, lowbrow scene were artists and sculptors in their own right. They were developing this art movement for the common man, and I am doing my best to shed a new light and my interpretation on the amazing work they created.
I do... it's kind of a guilty pleasure, but I really like the Joe Rogan Podcast. I am trying to branch out and listen to other podcasts, but his perspective on things make sense to me and he delivers it in a funny way.
6. As supreme leader of the totalitarian regime which rules Duffiltopia which artist/art movement would you censor and/or exile and why?
None, art is art, and all of it has its place. Who am I to tell someone what isn't art. I guess as long as it isn't hurting someone or exploiting someone.
Oh that's a tough one... I am really into illustration, mostly because I can't draw very well. So I would say dudes like Sketchy Tank, Craig Wheat, Dominic De Venuta, David Cook, Phil Guy, or Kyler Martz. I am also a fan of Cheyenne Randall, it'd be rad to have him do some rad posters of me all tatted up...
Both! I think it is all interesting, where we have been and where we are going. Although I am slightly scared of where we are going...
9. Extrovert or Introvert?
I am the most extroverted introvert you will meet. I like the idea of being outgoing and try really hard to talk to everyone and be comfortable in any situation, the truth is I lack major social skills. Talk to me about food and we will be best friends forever.
10. Outer space or deep sea?
I'm gonna go with deep sea just because outer space scares me...