Many people believe that fashion is one-dimensional, but nothing could be further from the truth. Obviously, one can't go through this life walking around naked—well, actually, I guess that depends on where you live and what community. Clothing is a quintessential needs for all humans for countless reasons.If you've never heard of Karl Lagerfeld before today (the day which marks his death, February 19, 2019) don't worry. I won't judge. I will, however, need to scratch my head and think to myself, "where on Earth have you been?!" But of course, that is something only someone in fashion would say. Forgive me.
So it only made sense that artists such as to pay homage to Lagerfeld. So given the opportunity to inquire about his feelings about the passing of Mr. Lagerfeld we jumped on the opportunity.
How old are you? "As old as I look, but not as old as I feel."
Where were you formally trained in the arts? "Cambridge School of Art."
Do you feel art can impact the views of people of backgrounds? "Art has no boundaries. Use art for what you need and when you need it."
How long have you been working on those images? – "Since discovering Karl, I have always wanted to showcase his work through my own. Each piece takes a different amount of time, I only stop working on an artwork once I am certain that it is finished."
Was anyone at Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld himself aware of your beautiful work? "Yes, actually."
Where is your work currently showing? "Currently I have work on display at Contini Contemporary in Cortina, Italy and the recently opened London gallery of the same name."
When did art become your life? "I would say for as long as I can remember. I have always been creative and have always put art
before anything else. Life is not always simple, but my creative vision has always remained consistent."
When did you become aware of the legend, the icon, called Karl Lagerfeld? "I think I first encountered Karl Lagerfeld while studying art. I had heard his name before as a famous fashion designer, but I never connected with his ethos until I spent some time studying his life. One good thing about art school is that it gives you time to think and see what others are doing in the creative world and see what is possible through other people’s visions."
What impact did he have on your life as an artist? "Definitely a positive one. Anyone who leaves a legacy as great as Karl’s should be an
inspiration to most. You do not have to love fashion to love Karl. The way he lived and breathed his passion and the sheer amount of work he achieved in his lifetime is an inspiration on its own.
For me, Karl is one of the key creatives of our time - through fashion design, art, photography and even lifestyle. He made himself an icon and will be remembered forever as a true visionary.
I have used Karl Lagerfeld as an inspiration in many of my paintings both on the street and on canvas. I try to depict Karl as an Icon, an icon that we worship."
What message do you have for other inspiring artists about paying homage to those that came before us... why is it important to acknowledge those that came before us? I would say choose very carefully. If there is a message you want to portray and you have a reason to pay homage, then your message will follow through. In today’s fast-paced world of social media and a fame-hungry society, it is important to identify and remember those who have made a difference and inspired others with their work. Paying homage makes their story live on."
So in reminiscent of that famous song sung by Irene Cara so long ago... "I can catch the moon in my hand, don't you know who I am? Fame. I'm going to Live forever. People will see me and fly. I'm going to live forever." And Karl Lagerfeld will live forever.