Our next featured artist is our very own Tosh Clements. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Tosh is a long-time photographer and professional cyclist, who is quickly finding his footing in the wild world of art. After his first body of work came to fruition this spring, it only made sense to open it with a show at Breakfast, which will take place May 4th, 6-10pm. Read on to find out more about his quick rise to becoming a painter and exploring his new passion…
Who are you?
I am Tosh Clements, from Santa Barbara and I am 27 years old…
Describe your medium & process…
I would say it changes almost daily… I’ve only just started painting and using brushes this last November. I've always primarily focused on photography as my visual medium, but after a trip to Europe last fall, I was majorly influenced from everything that's going on over there so I decided to try something new. So, I'm learning how to use this new medium everyday, which is pretty fun. My process is to put on Buddy Rich and try to paint a couple pieces, and always have a notebook to draw with near by.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I don't know how I found it exactly… there wasn’t “a moment”. I think it's been a long process of learning myself as a person. I've always had this really big web of inspiration that seemed so unrelated and frustrating to comprehend at times, but as I've grown older I have grown able to draw the narratives and similarities between a lot of my different realms of inspiration. I understand color a lot better now, and how to use what (little) natural ability I have to convey my thoughts or interest via painting. It's hard to pinpoint influences because it could be a old painted sign, a tag on a freight train, comic book, or oil painting in a French museum… but some standout influences would be: Matisse, Margaret Kilgallen, Ellsworth Kelly, Remio, Yoshimoto Nara, Hopper, Scott Everett, Spain, and a bunch of different graffiti artists I admire.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Right now, everything excites me about it because it's so new. It's all so different to taking a photograph. I love mixing colors, watching them interact with other colors upon brush strokes... I also really enjoy hearing how people interpret what I'm doing as they usually see a lot more in it then I do. I struggle with consistency I suppose; everyone says develop your own style but that's something that when I look at what I create week to week, it's all over the place – but that's pretty true to who I am as a person as well, so I guess it's fitting? I'll let other people decide that for me.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
Just to keep doing what ever feels right, to me. I would like to have gallery shows, make zines, t shirts, murals, installations, keep improving & refining my art, while collaborating with other artists. At the end of the day I just want to make stuff that I'm happy with, and if 2 people like it that's a huge success to me. So I'll keep doing whatever it is that I'm doing.
Tosh’s show will be on May 4th, 6-10pm at Breakfast Culture Club in Santa Barbara, California. Please come by to check out Tosh’s body of work, enjoy coffee, snacks, drinks, and good tunes.