A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate at Art Battle 54. Art Battle? Was that like a visual snub-off where fellow artists paint preposterous pictures of their competitor’s mother? It was billed as a live competitive painting event where painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. What ever the case, I was eager to find out!
Until I heard of Art Battle, I never came across the idea of competitive painting. Painting up until that point was a very private process that was usually spanned the course of days, if not weeks but to have the opportunity to unveil the illusion of art making was very attractive.
I come from an art background. My father is an art historian. His brother is a painter/sculptor. I have a cousin who is a professional painter. And as for myself, I graduated from Emily Carr University with a major in Painting. I have a lot of respect for the visual arts, and I was naturally encouraged towards this direction from a very early age.
I remember one of my earliest memories is of my grandma wholeheartedly applauding my colouring book drawings. It always felt like it was something that was special to me and which to a point defined me.
After I graduated from Emily Carr, I thought that I would keep art as something close to my chest. I was working as a cook prior to coming to VFS, and I was completely content with keeping my art personal — having group shows twice a year, where I would share my work with the rest of the community.