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Artist Proof: Steven Daily incorporates the wonder of new vision with the transformative detail of a mature mind. His journey has allowed him to witness key elements in the American artistic landscape and to have stood shoulder to shoulder with both the brutal and the benign. Born in Southern California in 1973, Mr. Daily’s career in the visual arts was placed on a set of polyurethane wheels and given the neon-baked smog-scape to stoke the initial fire of creativity. Mr. Daily later relocated to the southern United States where his imagination was given free reign to explore the dilapidated corners of the American Dream.
Artsprojekt: What inspires your art?
Steven Daily: It’s a meltingpot of everything, life, media, Technology, odities, absurdity,weird, dark, secret society’s, religion, racism, sci fi. I’m inspired by what I observe.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
SD: Over kill, I render things out till there breathing. I love detail. Bits and bobs, scratches and dents. Jewls and ornate things. I also collect a lot of weird things. Taxidermy things in jars. So these things come out in my work.
AP: Describe your first experience of making art and how it affected your life’s journey.
SD: When I was about five, my mom bought me one of those how to draw books. You know, with the circles, lines and stuff. Well I remember thinking screw that, And flipped right to the back of the book. And began drawing this weiner dog. Well my moms liked it so much, That she hung it on the refridgerater. We had this holiday party and my mom was showing it off to my aunts and uncles. And they were praising it. Well my brother who was a awesome cartoonist. And could draw prety good. Was pissed. He pulled me aside. And basicaly said draw as much as you want, you’ll never be as good as me. Well that put a fire under me that has yet to be quenched.
AP: Describe your most recent experience of making art.
SD: I just finished working on five designs for Metallica. It was real fun to get to work with all those clasic songs from there older albums like master of puppets that I loved so much in high school. And the direction was a fun theme as well.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist
Well I work ungodly hours. Wake up make coffee. Do some warm up sketches. Maybe play a little COD MW2, To get the day started. Then if I have been painting I usually can’t wait to get back to it, so I’ll go directly into painting. Then I micro manage time between graphic design, illustrations, and personal work. My hours change somtimes I work late night other times I work during the day.