Ireland's Premiere Annual Gothic & Industrial Festival Gathering

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Species 2017, Gothic & Industrial Arts and Culture Gathering was delighted to introduce the dark and surreal visual landscape of Faigy to 2017’s line-up, Talented Lurgan based Faigy  joined us spot of live graffiti over the weekend! We are once again delighted to announce Faigy will be back this June bank holiday for Species 2018, to bring us a new wall of magical live painting!

Faigy’s Live Graffiti work at Species 2017

An Interview with Visual Artist Faigy

• Tell us a little about yourself as a Studio and Street Artist:

 I have an uncontrollable urge to learn everything I can about creating art.
I’m currently studying 3D animation, 2D animation and Computer Aid Design while working full time and trying to paint traditionally and do street art.
I think I’ll learn everything apart from oil painting.
That scares me.
I’m very messy and acrylics peel off most surfaces and clothing, oils decimate all.
If I use oil paints I’ll have no clothes, furniture and probably the inside of my car would be destroyed.
I have 5 year old oil paints is anyone wants them?
I really enjoy painting a certain ‘lowbrow’ style of art that allows me to create whatever I can imagine in a painting.
It’s quite a difficult art form to master, it does take a lot of technical skill but It’s very rewarding when it works out.
I like how it allows me to mix candy type fun art with dark undertones and mix things up.
I don’t paint for financial reasons, this style of art is generally frowned upon by art galleries and auctions so that’s out the window, although I think it’s actually became quite a popular modern type of art that people enjoy seeing which is more important to me.
Animation, yeah I’m doing that for money.
No point lying lol.
Kidding, I think.
I really like the idea of animation for other reasons, like having the power to create living worlds and characters and intertwining it all with music I like, to create something special.
That’s the ultimate creative Holy Grail right there.
That’s what I’m aiming for but that’s a long way off.

• How long have you been making art and what drives you to do it?

I studied art for a while when I was young but didn’t really do anything until I was almost 30. I think for around 8 or 9 years I never created anything.
Street art caught my eye as it brought you places, you meet wonderful people and there is a great buzz around it all at festivals etc.
Painting a canvas in your kitchen just doesn’t create this.
Also its fantastic for learning paint skills in super fast forward.
Spray paint has amazing coverage and dries instantly in microscopic layers.
You can paint over mistakes instantly, adjust and move, change colours all as fast as your hands can move which makes your art brain pick up skills really fast.
I have no idea what drives me to do art, it’s just this thing that pulls you.
Like a wee monster in your head that needs fed.

• Tell us a little about the live paint at last year’s Species; tell us a little about the imagery in your painting:

Faigy at Species 2017

Sometimes I like to ‘wing it’.
I knew I’d be painting a Gothic style face (probably need to do less of that lol) but I love talking to people around me for ideas.
I’ve done whole mural by talking to passers by.
Its really fun and makes for a nice interactive experience, instead of having people just stare at you.
I’m very laid back, if someone doesn’t like part of my painting I’m happy to find out and will even add in things people request.
The writing actually came from a poetry book a girl was reading out behind me at the festival, and the deep dark imagery to fit it.
I hope it worked out as I was pretty drunk doing most of it.

• How did you get into Graffiti? What advice would you give to new artists that would like to get into Graffiti?

My friends garden wall was the go to place for local street artists to practice so naturally I just joined in.
I was terrible at it for so long, seemed like witch craft creating these pieces with spray but like anything you have to stick at it as everyone starts off the same.
I used to go to graffiti events and see all the street artists from all over Ireland creating these exciting modern pieces of art and just dreamt of being able to do it myself.
Not sure if I would be the person to ask for graffiti advice though, I either do it for charity or free chips.

I don’t do illegal graffiti, tagging, writing or anything.
For me I just use spray paint to do what would with paints on a canvas and it’s a struggle learning the skills but well worth it.
My advice would be to try and find a style you really enjoy and practice it.
There’s an old saying in art which is for people looking recognition, “repetition – recognition”.
When you have a recognisable style people recognise your artwork without having to see a signature.
I think standing out is important.

• What preparations for your live paint did you do on the run up to species?

 Eh, I grabbed an old bag of paint in the shed.
Some cans didn’t work and I had 2 nozzles.
‘Winging it’ can also mean ‘Being terrible at preparation’

• You have recently taken up digital painting; how you are finding this new approach? What are your aspirations in this discipline? Tell us a little about the process and equipment you use.

I used to dabble in it, I got some new IT gear for the animation software I’m learning (Maya & Toon Boom) so it was kind of inevitable that I’d polish up my digital art skills as I’m preparing them for when I can create complex 3d animation characters.
I think my digital art skills will really help here to create visually attractive animations.
I think if you can paint traditionally with a brush the digital painting comes naturally, it is just like an easier less messier version on a screen. Essentially it’s the same process without risking drinking your paint water instead of your cup of tea.

• What part of Gothic & Industrial culture intrigues you most?

I have always loved dark music, I use it when painting a lot.
Some of the bands I’d listen to while painting would be Within Temptation. Evanescene and lesser known bands like The Birthday Massacre (My fave) and Cruxshadows etc.
There is a lot of art in this style of music, poetry pain and honesty.
I think it really stimulates the creative part of your brain and brings you into that creative zone.
I think its maybe the high emotional values in the music?
I do enjoy almost every genre of music though, I feel at home at a Goth festival, nightclub, rock concert, fleadh…etc.
I also have a thing for music that is generally unknown to the wider public.
People who don’t subject themselves to alternative bands are missing out in life.
Also for some reason I always find the most awesome people you ever meet are part of this scene so you’re mad to not .

• What is your views Gothic and Industrial culture in Ireland today?

I know that Ireland seems to be a place that most international bands of this genre never seem to come to.
I suppose that generally it is a minority culture across every country and maybe we’re deemed to be too small to be worth considering so I think the pressure is on for Ireland to produce its own amazing bands and this festival is probably the best place to get a huge dose of what Ireland has to offer, and let’s face it Ireland is more than capable of punching of its weight in music.

• What parts of Species did you enjoy most?

The wee homemade creepy buns in the tent.

• Would you like to be artistically involved at Species 2018?

Yeah, but probably only 1 day as I work too much but will definitely be there for the buns!

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