Serge Gay Jr.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am an visual artist with a voice to share. That’s what I do; share my vision to the world.
What is your favorite medium?
Acrylic paint. It’s non-toxic and it dry’s fast. Always on the go-go-go.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Most of the time its current events issues that is the biggest inspiration and music videos. But also some of the most amazing people in my life have always played a part of my work. The ones who are close are more important to me then random strangers. No matter how famous, wonderful, iconic, or talented someone is, it’s the friends and families of importance are the ones that keeps me going. The people I know and connect with. If I don’t have the love around me then I won’t make art.
What is your creative process?
I just put on a movie or a show, and I’m ready to paint. But the process changes time to time.
Is there a specific theme/message/emotion you aim to evoke?
Hopefully my work speaks for the communities who are different, out of the norm, or don’t feel equal in this world. Finding out that no matter how hard you work or talented you are, some people will never find you as their equal or see you as “less then.” Knowing that your always going to be fighting and proving people wrong, that you are something. Is that perspective I want to showcase in my work to the world and that your not alone. The dialogues I’m trying to show in my work are current event issues or stories people don’t talk about in the art field and gets push under the rug. I grow with age and experience when putting yourself out there in the world to understand how the world works and not being afraid of changes. Change is good. Seems like recently the reoccurring themes is politics and stories on self-exploring and finding ones self. From other peoples, to my own behavior, trying to fit in or be accepted for being different in a world of unaccepted moral philosophies. Like the saying of the “Golden rule” and how it relates to a fundamental human nature that is lacking in our system I find that message in lighting.
What motivates you to continue to create?
I think the world around me is my muse or my interesting so call “life” has become a character of its own and I’m very drawn to it. It’s becomes a person of its own. But I also love all kinds of people. I try to deconstruct the human mind, behaviors, and figuring out how to understand others ways of life. I’m so fascinated by people in this world, which I get to be apart of. Being connected to the environment that I’ve created for myself in order to interact with all its diversity. This inspiration helps make my art speak and to continue to make art. keeps me thinking deeper.
When you encounter creative blocks, what do you do to overcome them?
My work has a unique and highly developed characteristic perspective because it’s my life story through my eyes. Art is the best way I could communicate, especially when words are not my strong suit. So I never have any creative blocks. Its always there.
What are your thoughts on the future of art?
Hopefully it doesn’t become art with no meaning or no passion and everything start to look the same. People doing it to be famous or just for money, when other artist need it to breathe because it is part of their soul. I think it will lose that, but sooner then later it will come back again, that passion.
What is something you have had to learn on your own that you would like to pass on to the next Creative?
I’ve learned to keep learning. To stop being safe and stop being afraid of change. So change it up with your art.