Who is Espira? Answering that question really isn’t that easy, information is thin on the ground, he’s one of those artists who doesn’t say much about his rather intriguing art, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a bit of mystery is a good thing, less information is often more. London’s delightfully left field Resistance gallery – actually the fact that the gallery itself exhibit his work of might give us a clue or two about Adam Espira, they are very particular over at Resistance – “At Res Gal we love diversity! The kind of diversity that comes from the underground, the sub-cultures, the left field, the weird, the geek, the odd, the unique: yesterday’s dreamers, tomorrow’s superstars, the ill represented and the downtrodden!”. Resistance tell us “Espira was born and raised within a religious Mormon family, training from an early age to become a Missionary. He slowly turned his back on the religion…”, seems he turned to art and based himself in London…
“Espira has become widely recognised for his powerful large-scale paintings and digital illustrations. Showing a range of influences from the banal and everyday, high fashion, period costumes, raw meat, war images and ritualistic religious symbolism…”
Espira’s strong body of art has been exhibited all over the globe, “from traditional galleries to the legendary London fetish club Torture Garden” he’s an “artist who triumphantly mixes fashion,costume and uniform with the mundane and commonplace of modern life, resulting in a supermarket assault on the senses. Born in the UK, he was raised as a strict Mormon, developing strong visual interpretations of symbolism and iconography”.
And so to the second episode of Thirteen Questions From Organ. The idea is simple, a (hopefully) ongoing series of thirteen questions sent out to people who’s creativity we’re rather admiring and enjoying at the moment – artists, musicians, film makers, cake testers and who knows who….
Thirteen questions for artist Adam Espira then….
1: WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a London-based visual artist.
2: WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? WHERE ARE YOU MOST DAYS?
3: WHO OR WHAT IS EXCITING YOU RIGHT NOW?
4: WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?
5: HOW DO YOU WORK?
6: TELL US ABOUT THE ART YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH?
7: WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR OWN WORK?
8: WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR OWN WORK?
9: WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?
10: WHAT MAKES YOU ANGRY?
11: WHICH SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE AND WHY?
12: WHAT COULDN’T YOU DO WITHOUT?
And finally any future shows or events coming up that you wish us to tell people about?