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Art & Life with Dredske

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dredske.

Dredske, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I got into art at the age of four, after I saw my uncle’s sketchbook. I continued drawing throughout elementary school, mainly my favorite cartoon and comic book characters. When I was around 11 years old, I got into anime and around that time a friend of mine introduced me to graffiti letters and characters. In high school, I learned more about drawing and painting, drawing from life (still life, figure drawing, etc.). I was also interested in the art of caricature drawing. During this time, I was attending Marwen and taking as many art classes outside of school that I could; and I was learning a lot about different artists, and artistic disciplines and techniques. After high school, I concentrated on painting walls with my friends, exhibiting new artworks, and continued to practice and learn as much as I can about all sorts of art. Which is pretty much what I do now.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My creative output brings together my different interests and influences. I create drawings, acrylic and aerosol paintings, public art murals, collages, and clothing/wearable art. My work is a blend of fantasy and reality; a playful synthesis of caricature and realism that comments on larger societal, technological, and cultural issues regarding the contemporary human experience and condition.

Overall, I want to inspire people the way that so many artists have inspired me and advocate that people make the art they want to see.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
There is no simple answer. Artists with little resources have to do their best to use what little resources they have in an efficient and effective manner in order to afford themselves the time and space to create the work that they envision. Learning to write and apply for grants can help artists fund certain projects. I, like so many artists, worked regular 9 – 5 jobs to fund my artistic endeavors. There are many angles. The individual artist has to figure out what works best for them.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I do murals and public art and exhibit artwork regularly, so people can always keep an eye out for walls/ public art projects and solo or group shows that I’m apart of via my social media pages (FB: dredske; IG: @dredske88). Specific galleries where people can typically find my works are Galerie F, The Elephant Room Gallery, and the Bridgeport Art Center. People can also check out my website: at8art.com and my big cartel: at8shop.

Contact Info:

  • Website: at8art.com
  • Email: dredske88@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @dredske88
  • Facebook: /dred.ske

Image Credit:
© Sandra Steinbrecher, dredske

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