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“Who’s your inspiration?”: And The Answer You Didn’t Expect

“Who’s your inspiration?”: My Ballet Of Unlikely Answers

by Daric Gill

The first question an artist is asked upon introduction is, “What type of art do you make?”. This is quickly followed up by, “Who (or what) is your inspiration?”. These are reasonable questions. After all, almost everyone knows what an artist is, but aren’t really sure what an artist does. And certainly, they don’t know where we get our ideas. Shoot… sometimes we don’t even know where they come from ourselves.

From experience I know that what I’m about to say is not the answer they are expecting:

My art and inspirations are interdisciplinary. So, by definition it’s not as easy to define. What then?

There’s always a ballet of rhetoric that I have to employ to maintain brevity but still answer with clarity. The following article offers both a brief explanation of my inspirations as well as a more in-depth description of how I get inspired. And if you’re one of those people who want to know more about your fellow artists, but aren’t sure how to start-up the conversation, hopefully, this can help.

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Purple Sister ToeHead Has A Lollipop

The Brothers Get a Sister, And She’s A Cutie!

by Daric Gill

A few weeks ago I debuted The Brothers, seen here. Today, I announce their sister. Like her brothers, “Purple Sister” is another large-scale cut-out made from the top of a vintage secretary desk. Her surface is made from an oak laminate and has been freshly sanded. The original top had some very serious dents and scratches that had to be worked around. Check out the process gallery below.

Purple Sister: Acrylic and marker on reclaimed oak laminate. 33
Purple Sister: Acrylic and marker on reclaimed oak laminate. 33″ x 30 1/2″. 4.22.14.
Purple Sister ToeHead
Purple Sister (detail): Acrylic and marker on reclaimed oak laminate. 33″ x 30 1/2″. 4.22.14.

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ToeHeads Event At Mouton

Taking A Ride

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, & ToeHeads

by Daric Gill

The ToeHeads will be showing at MOUTON for the months of April and May. Kick off the show with cocktails by Jägermeister, live music, hors d’oeuvres, art, & dancing.

Mouton serves class with their vintage cocktails, wine, craft beer, artisan breads & cheeses, cured meats, & coffee. Come see the ToeHeads on display and have a terrific time.

Join me & the ToeHeads Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00pm at Mouton for some drinks & dancing. DJ music by Night Mode. 

Directions HERE

954 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

NEW! “Brothers” ToeHead Illustrations Roar

ToeHeads Get A Pair Of Brothers

by Daric Gill

The latest ToeHeads to come on the scene are brothers. These 2 characters are large-scale cutouts on reclaimed wood that has been salvaged from an old secretary’s desk. With freshly sanded walnut surfaces, these colorful siblings have plenty of new life to roar about. Of course, we all know that they’re not as ferocious as they might think.


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GreenBrother: Acrylic on reclaimed walnut laminant. 26" x 30". 3.13.15.
GreenBrother: Acrylic on reclaimed walnut laminant. 26″ x 30″. 3.13.15.
BlueBrother
BlueBrother: Acrylic on reclaimed walnut laminant. 26″ x 33″. 3.14.15.