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.”
Which leads us to ask these all important questions…
Give me all your money and we’ll find out…
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.
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.
My own oh so adventurous life, daydreams, personal experience, friends, music, women and Sainburys.
Have a sip of cherry Lucozade then use the remaining three fingers. And thank God I hate football.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Ha. No. Sounds like some kind of voodoo.
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.
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.
Being broke. Oh and being way too precious with work.
Nope! Okay maybe once but that was a very long time ago.
Ti-say-what-now? I’ve never seen seen Titanic. That movie looks dry like paper.
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
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?
www.mrfrivolous.com 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…