Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is Barry Snyder!
Like Bonnie, we asked Barry a few questions about himself and his work. For more information you can visit his facebook page.
1. How did you start creating art?
How? Not in the womb,.... but right after that.. I got into trouble in school for not paying attention (it was boring) and for sculpting or drawing pictures, and making things.I was the class clown, I didn't want an education and didn't mind helping others lose theirs out of laughter. Later, I'd do stand up comedy for extra cash. Being an artist is not ever enriching except with in the soul.
2. Who is your favorite artist and why?
Walter Elias Disney, because I always loved his work, and I made a 40 year art career out of working with and developing his parks, rides, shows, and theater productions all over the world.
3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
We used to hide things in rides, and murals around Disney Parks, some subliminal, and some pretty explicit.. you just needed to locate them. I had to become an artist... I love doing comedy.. I tried education as a career (still do some now), but taking a gig teaching speed reading at the Catholic School, and telling the students they "better read faster or go straight to hell, didn't work out for me".
4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
My favorite tool is my imagination, and other than that..... reclaimed objects....give me anything, and I will make something beautiful out of it.
5. What inspires you?
Life and real love inspires me, and it comes from strange places...other artists, homelessness, aging, just watching people..people in general are a magnitude of information, their actions, expressions, and OH!!! their beauty.....all of them each possess something special, and a story is there to tell...I am a photographer as well, and love to "hide behind the camera"....you may find 1000 pictures of others, or places, and only 1 of me in my vast collection. The best love of my life is so beautiful, and she does not like to be photographed, or painted...maybe sculpted. I love HER, PEOPLE, and God's other wonderful creations.
Thanks so much Barry! Come see his amazing work and claim one for yourself on Sep. 12 at Art 120's Southside Maker Arts Center!
Posted on Wed, September 9, 2015
by Philip Stetson filed under