Ed Creyton of Popics:
the main vision and mission of my work is to help bring an abundance of bright, messy and vibrant colour into peoples lives. A theme that runs through a lot of my work is, what it is to be human and how tragically wonderful and beautiful that can be. We are a work of art ourselves, physically a terrifyingly intricate of tubes, bone and pumps, wrapped up in beautiful bow (so we don't have constantly to look at all the inner workings;) and mentally, our minds a symphony, sometimes a cacophony of thoughts, memories and dreams all working together to help us make sense and find our way through this wonderful experience we call life. I try and represent this through my work, which can be very messy, dark in place but ultimately rewarding to create, to look at and for other people to enjoy entirely for themselves.
The inspiration for my work comes in many forms and stems from my childhood love for technicolour shown in old film and used on old movie posters. I grew up reading Superhero comic books that were filled with brash colours and strikingly dynamic compositions that threw out an energy from the page. Added morals to the stories and a willingness to never give up tied in the meaning of hope. The combination of this visual art and hopeful story telling galvanised what later would form my own style of art and the hope that it represents. Though obviously without the use of word, I endevour to create vibrant pieces of art with a plethora of colours that when pushed together represents form dark to light the beautiful yet chaotic thing we call life, existence and what it is to be human.
My mediums range depending on what project I'm working on, as I paint, draw and occasionally use watercolours. For my large canvas pieces I use acrylics applied with brushes and various shaped knives to help the colours blend more naturally. I also use a gloss varnish on some parts, to really bring the colours back alive once they've dried. This sets a great contrast on the canvas for the varnished parts sitting next the the unvarnished and really helps the pieces "pop" once finished.
I also like to use wood as a canvas, repurposing old pallets. Pulling them apart and putting them back together to from a solid piece to work on is very rewarding. Also the grain from the wood can give unplanned yet wonderful results with how the paint sits on the newly made rustic canvas.
Another medium I use when creating my comic style art are Inks and for my polarizing black&white portraits I use India Ink. Recently I've started using watercolours and am about to endevour combining the two and am very excited about trying something new.