Mr Frivolous: “I’ve Never Seen Titanic, That Film Looks Like Dry Paper”

Mike Thomas chats to the mysterious facelessness that is artist Mr Frivolous

Artists are those who have the ability to look at the same thing as the next man and see something different. Is it a trick of the mind or a symptom of madness? We’ll let you decided as we take a look into the weird and wonderful mind of South London artist and polymath Mr Frivolous.

Describing his own USP as an “artist in desperate need of a haircut” and a big fan of Pat Butcher, Mr Frivolous is not afraid of a bit of self deprecation and light humour, but along with this comes a brilliant brain, on a constant mission to put pen to paper. Literally…he uses a felt-tip-crayola combo, apparently because “he knows he can get a double pack of 24 for £1 from Poundland.”

darth vader Mr Frivolous

Which leads us to ask these all important questions…

So Mr Frivolous, just how frivolous are you?

Give me all your money and we’ll find out…

Hmm, not sure how I feel about that as an idea. How would you describe your work to a blind man?

Like trying to clap with your elbows whilst jumping up and down on one leg and scraping a fork against a plate listening to Cliff Richard.

Nice! So did you want to be an artist when you were growing up too?

I wanted to be an astronaut, an actor, a fashion designer, a priest and an artist all at the same time. I also wanted to be in So Solid.

So Solid

“Up Middle Finger I Show Dem”
Where do you draw your inspiration from for your art?

My own oh so adventurous life, daydreams, personal experience, friends, music, women and Sainburys.

If you were to break a finger in an unfortunate Subbuteo accident, how would you express your creativity without art?

Have a sip of cherry Lucozade then use the remaining three fingers. And thank God I hate football.

What music do you listen to when you’re working?

Anything. But recently I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts like Live Free Podcast with Mike Maxwell, and also Your Dreams My Nightmare hosted by Sam Webber.

You’re not afraid to share your artistic process with the world via Facebook pics, do you think this helps with developing ideas?

It can do. I think its a lot more interesting to look at a photo of an unfinished piece. It always makes me think of what I could have done if I took a different approach. Then I realise its too late, so I kick myself.

How do you avoid comparisons with other artists?

Thats a good question. I always look at other artists work and feel crap because their stuff is so good. I try to tell myself that its not a competition and that we are all unique. But then I jump back on tumblr and click on my saved tag #artsist and its back to square one.

How do things like Tumblr and Instagram help/hinder your process?

Sites like those help a lot. Especially Tumblr. That site is an amazing tool for creative types and is really good for exposure. But bbbbbbbooooooooyyyyy do they have a lot of “nekid wimin”. Probably why I don’t get enough work done.

The quotes and humour from your work, are they things that naturally come to you or are there endless drafts like a sitcom script?

I didnt even know I was funny. Thanks. Words and quotes, funny or not, always seem to float into my head naturally. I definitely have more written stuff than I do images. Maybe Im in the wrong line of work?

Mr friv

Do you ever just doodle, or is everything potentially a piece of work?

I think in the beginning everything I created had to be a final piece. But then I eventually realised that it was ok not to try and create a perfect piece of work and to have fun. So yeah now I like to doodle every now and again.

Have you ever drawn the future, like Isaac Mendez (from the TV show Heroes)?

Ha. No. Sounds like some kind of voodoo.

Do you think art will go the same way as music and become a lot more about collaborations?

If I had Isaac Mendez powers I could tell you. But I think it would be cool to collaborate with other artists. I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently. I would love to collaborate with a few artists. David Bray and Albert Reyes are the first two that come to mind.

Do you have a favourite piece of work you’ve done or does your last piece always feel like the best?

For me the excitement from creating my work finishes after a week or two of completing it. Then its just ugghh! But if I had to choose one, it would probably be Anxiety Always. Ive been trying to create something with a similar coolness, but it just  doesnt seem to be happening.

Anxiety always Mr Frivolous

What pisses you off the most about being an artist?

Being broke. Oh and being way too precious with work.

Who would you class as the new Warhol, Banksy or Hirst?

I’ve always thought of Pam Glew, Dan Baldwin and Matt Small as being the crème de la crème of the fine art world.

Have you ever drawn your way into a woman’s heart?

Nope! Okay maybe once but that was a very long time ago.

If you could have a little “Jack” from Titanic moment, who would you chose as your life model?

Ti-say-what-now? I’ve never seen seen Titanic. That movie looks dry like paper.

You’ve used your talents to create some designs for the label We/Art Fashion, how did that come about and can you see yourself doing something with fashion more regularly?

I just happened to know the creator of the brand through two mutual and very talented friends The Lohner Brothers. He asked me if I wanted to collaborate and that was it.

Quick Fire Questions

Favourite Colour?

Blue (I think)

First face you fell in love with?

Apparently some lady from the TV show In The Heat Of The Night way back in the 80s. Google just told me her name is Anne-Marie Johnson.

Who is your P.I.C. (Partner In Crime)?

Crime doesn’t pay…or so I’ve been told.

Phil or Grant?


Who should we follow on twitter?

Miss Led (@missledster )

Where can we see your work? or, if you’re on the other side of the pond, Phone Booth Gallery, Long Beach CA on April 5 2014 -“6×6”.

Peace and hairgrease…




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