Mike Boyd – Vivian ~ Q&A

Name: Mike Boyd
Twitter: The_gholdenboyd
IG: Freemikeboyd
Age: 24
Sign: Scorpio
Craft(s): Photography, Mixed Media, Directing

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1. When did you realize you were interested in art?
I’ve always been generally interested in art. I was a drummer before all the photography and i’ve travelled all over the U.S. I grew up in the music scene and shortly everyone around me was an artist of some sort. I was in boys choir in middle school, double magnet at arts school for high school and then I transferred to another school and finished in theater. I’ve worked odd jobs all throughout my late teens until about now and i’ve come to understand regular-shit-day-jobs just isn’t my thing.

Mike Boyd 22. What Influences you and where do you get your inspiration?
A number of people “influence” me. I try to take a little bit of something that I saw, that I liked, and try to flip it to fit my cannon of getting things done. I took an art history 101 class and was instantly like, shit, this ancient knowledge has some actual practicality to it. So i try to gather as much as i can from there and then branch out. As far as inspiration, anything can help me develop an idea into something tangible because similarly to how I am influenced I also gather inspiration. A little here, a little there, and I’m good.

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3. Who are your top 5 favorite artists?
Helmut Newton, Gordon Parks, Jackson Pollock, Dali, Edward Enninful

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4. If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Gordon Parks or Stanley Kubrick.

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5. What differentiates you from different artist?
I just don’t want to make money I want to be great. So I don’t mind taking time to become perfect, enduring the losses, the failures and sacrifice to reap the blessings when all is said and done.

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6. What impact do you wish to leave with your art?
I just want people to go see it in a museum. I want people to get that feeling I get when I see something, a one of a kind, hanging on a wall. To connect briefly artist to person and hopefully inspire them to do some dope shit.

Mike Boyd- Vivian

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