Recently there was a series on the Oxygen channel called Street Art Throwdown hosted by Justin BUA and Lauren Wagner. Street Art Throwdown was a competitions focused on the medium of graffiti street art. One of the artist that was featured on the show, and one of my personal favorites was Solomon Perry…AKA “GRIMNASTY”
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RESiN: Where were you born?
GRIMNASTY: Terre Haute Indiana, after my mother passed I was adopted by my aunt and uncle and moved to Nashville.
RESiN: Where do you reside?
GRIMNASTY: Austin, TX World Music Capital!
RESiN: How old were you when you realized you had artistic talent?
GRIMNASTY: I started around age 1 1/2 drawing literally on anything. It was in my blood all my life.
RESiN: What was one of your earliest pieces of?
GRIMNASTY: Samuel Jackson Pollock it is comprised of Jackson Pollock’s brush strokes to create Samuel Jackson’s face. It’s from a movement I’m trying to start called Bang! Where artists and icons collide creatively.
RESiN: Is that when you knew that is what you wanted to do with your life?
GRIMNASTY: I was an artist since age 1 so wasn’t never an interest.
RESiN: What style do you paint?
GRIMNASTY: I paint any style with any medium and tool. I do Sculpture, castings, production, etc. So I felt the moniker (GrimNasty) fit perfectly.
RESiN: How would you describe your own work in a sentence?
GRIMNASTY: Personality on wheels, hopefully a king of all trades kind of guy.
RESiN: What does your family think of your artwork?
GRIMNASTY: Some of them support my endeavors some of them do not, but the show must go on. And I have to do me!
RESiN: Who as artists do you admire?
GRIMNASTY: Ironically Justin Bua, Ron English…. MC Escher, Savior Dali, Christopher Burch, Craola, O.G. Slick, Daim, the Painter Of the Original GPK series, and many, many others. The creative work of the world inspires me.
RESiN: What kind of art schooling have you had?
GRIMNASTY: Regular basic studies, and typical art classes, I was self taught and didn’t learn more than I knew until college, fortunately I could boast but it was actually quit boring.
RESiN: Do you get nervous before a gallery opening?
GRIMNASTY: Yes I do absolutely hate gallery openings. I hate communicating with people and I hate talking to people but you will never be able to tell that and I don’t really have a choice, one of those things you’re just gunna have to deal with if you’re driven. I also don’t like heights but I always end up finding myself painting commissions really high.
RESiN: Do you need to be inspired to paint?
GRIMNASTY: Not always, but inspiration always makes the best pieces. You actually appreciate it more as you’re creating it.
RESiN: What or who inspires you to paint?
GRIMNASTY: Life in general, family, friends, and our greedy government making me work constantly like a slave.
RESiN: Where do you do most of your painting?
GRIMNASTY: I do most of my painting in my studio but outside of that, they are usually commissioned pieces on buildings.
RESiN: Where would you like GRiM NASTY the artist to be in 5 yrs?
GRIMNASTY: A good question thank you. I want to revolutionize what’s already here and provide inspiration to the next future generation to do things that are out of the box. I try to teach people to have a positive attitude, even though that’s something that’s a constant struggle, but at least it’s a good influence, putting people in the right direction. I feel that the next generation will need this more than ever.
RESiN: How do you want your art to be seen or described by other people?
GRIMNASTY: As long as its something that implies that they’ve never seen it before I try to do new things in conquer new horizons of …whimsical!
RESiN: Are you presently making your living as an artist? Do you have advice for artists who would like to also do this?
GRIMNASTY: Yes I do currently make a living as an artist I would recommend people understand and learn business so they may have help along the way and finances to make things really come together because that’s what it really boils down to. There’s a lot of crap out there and it goes for thousands… it’s really the money behind it.
RESiN: If you were not doing art what would you be doing?
GRIMNASTY: A conformist robot of the system, hating my life.
RESiN: How has your work evolved over the years?
GRIMNASTY: Overtime it’s really hard to tell because it seems like it never gets better during the process but you really have to look at a 5-10 year period to see the progression. Just have to be super patient while doing art in general.
RESiN: Do you have any advice or wise words for up and coming artists?
GRIMNASTY: Don’t get your feet wet, dive in. If you want to be real you can’t really separate yourself from it. It has to be full time of it usually won’t work.
RESiN: What are you working on right now?
GRIMNASTY: Mostly touring!! Currently working on PlayStation and Xbox controllers, working on some shoe deals, and Netflix placement for a cartoon movie in the future coming years. spike and Mike deal on an old cartoon I created and a lot of different things in the mix. Talking collabs with Justin Bua and Ron English, a lot of big things popping!!!
RESiN: Anything you would like to plug?
GRIMNASTY: Yes follow @grimnasty1 on Instagram if you DARE!!
RESiN: If you could go anywhere in the world to paint or teach, where would you go?
GRIMNASTY: “I don’t want to teach anybody how to paint because it’s a pain in the ass.” I believe that people should teach themselves because they understand how their brain works and that is the best way for anyone to learn anything. Ultimately I just want to be able to relax and know everything is taken care of that is my main objective in life I just want to be free.