We are delighted to announce that Mels2 will join us again for Species 2016!
An Interview with graffiti artist Mels2
- Tell us a little about yourself and artwork as a Studio and Street Artist based in Dublin:
My name is Viktor Sumegi and I am an artist. Originally a Hungarian, I have lived in Dublin since 2009. I started creating art in 1995 shortly after my birth in Budapest. As a child, I routinely won art contests in school and won the coveted title of “Artist of the district” in 2005 as a ten year old. You see, I’ve always had a passion to create art but I only realized this would be my future when I moved to Dublin, Ireland. I received my first commission in the Grafton Barber, one of the country’s foremost barbershops in 2010 and since then, I have had my focus solely on becoming an accomplished and well known artist in my own right.
I have painted at some of Ireland’s biggest festivals and events and have also exhibited on a number of occasions in galleries and various other locations. My work and live experiences involved events such as: Tivoli jam (2012, 2013, 2014), Phats Jam (2013, 2014) Counter Propaganda (Group exhibition, 2013) Zozimus Art Gallery (Group exhibition, 2014) Dublin City University (2014) and many more. I have become quite well known in the Irish art scene as a result of my ongoing involvement in the aforementioned events and my numerous commissions around Ireland.
- You have a unique alias ‘Mels2’ is there a story behind the name?
The name Mels2 cam actually from the bathroom, I used to write Brase one and as I was taking a shower I started to write letters on the window because it was foggy, and I wrote Mels and I liked it more than Brase so instead of Brase1 it’s gonna be Mels2.
- We couldn’t help notice your fantastic Gothic style not just your artwork but in your whole persona and fashions. How long have you been Goth?
How long I have been Goth. I wouldn’t consider myself as a Goth, or anything else. I just wear what I like and dress the way I like, it’s not Goth or emo or anything, it’s just myself and I started to do this when I was around 15-16.
- You are very talented with a spray can and have a wonderfully unique and dark fluidic style. Are these artworks autobiographical to you in some way?
Well, I think as a graffiti artist, the letters a very very important, they represent your name and your style at the same time, so you have to mix your style into your name to show people who you are.
- How did you get into Graffiti? What advice would you give to new artists that would like to get into Graffiti?
I actually don’t remember the first time I got spray paint in my hand. When I was around 11 years old I remember me and my friends used to buy spray paint and tag between a garage and a wall where nobody can see us and this would be from the very early memories when I started to see the graffiti world.
- Which artists have been influential to you in the development of your style and what aspects of these inspire you most?
Everybody can be inspiring, it depends what you’re looking for. A great colour scheme, a movement or an image…. sometimes can see complete stories in some kind of abstract dripping or paint splash.
But above all, music is the most inspiring thing to me.
- Tell us a little about the artwork you created at Species:…
The work is representing a woman’s face in a very abstract, artistic form. It also represents my style and the usual lines I do and at the same time I think it gives a “chilling” kind of flow.
- What parts of Species did you enjoy most?
The best part in species I enjoyed the most was the first night with all the music and with all the people who came. I really enjoyed just being around and chill, having conversations etc…