Evan Penny is a Toronto-based artist who designs and builds large-scale face and body installations that are (depending on the viewer’s angle) realistic-looking yet unproportionally distorted. We went to his exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and were blown away by he and his studio’s attention to detail and craftsmanship of such unusual installations. He spent time in the special effects industry, applying his skills in 25 movies before dedicating his time to his personal art projects.
This guy’s imagery should inspire anyone to take their hustle to the next step. His artwork sure inspired me to think more abstractly about everything and more importantly to envision things that aren’t there (yet).
You don’t have to be a visual artist that “makes art” to be a creative thinker (such is what an artist is). When we talk about being creative, we mean having the ability to think outside the box when need be and to utilize your skills by applying them to solve or provide a solution to a given predicament. It’s been noted that starting or maintaining a successful business is about finding a service that people need (and sometimes don’t realize they need and that may or may not be readily available), and finding a way to provide that to customers while continuing to educate about why it’s needed or important. Society was built on artisan craft. Historically, when people functioned on a smaller and slower scale (yet were more aware of themselves and their surroundings), there were more artisans of something or some service that they were able to spend time perfecting and did well enough to help sustain the community with their craft. The key to being a quality “artist” is choosing a craft or hustle and STICKING to it (at least until best you can (or are able to) before allowing yourself to take onto another to venture as to not half-ass one thing before jumping into another that catches your attention)… Following through with what you started and believe in is crucial to making it a success.
Rule of thumb, there are no rules when making art, there are NO rules.