As part of our new look and feel, today we begin a monthly tradition where we feature an artist and share some their insights and work with you. Rome-Won, a Chicago-based artist and long-time Genesis Art Supply customer, has agreed to be our very first featured artist. Rome studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and his work can be seen on his Facebook page and his website.
Q: So, why art?
A: Art moves people. Brings people together. It pulls them into a state that is almost like a dream. It’s thought-provoking. It’s sound in still form.
Q: What kinds of projects have you been working on lately?
A: I’ve been working with a few restaurants, done a few murals, I’ve got a new toy figure in the works. I’ve got a few tee shirt lines, a project with Red Bull and a few custom paintings for clients. And networking, networking, networking.
Q: So what inspires you to create art?
A: Isolation and the thrill of creating something that people don’t expect me to be able to do. The business side of art, too. The competitiveness to produce something new and refreshing.
Q: What do you think about the role of the artist in modern society?
A: I think some galleries and corporations exploit young artists and drain their creativity. Then they throw them to the side for the next new thing. Why do artists need to look the part or play the role to be respected as an artist? Why can’t the artwork speak for itself? Sometimes it feels like it’s more important to have great people skills then to create great artwork.
Q: What are your goals as an artist?
A: To be recognized on a global scale, as an artist. To be able to live and maintain a family just the sales of my art alone.
Q: What would be your dream project?
A: To direct and produce a movie on a large scale, including the score.
Q: What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring artists?
A: Don’t ask permission to be creative. It’s now. Don’t hesitate. Don’t second guess yourself. Believe in yourself. Research and keep an open mind to new things and ideas, and you will never stop learning.