by Libby Lancaster
Inspiration comes to artists in many different ways. Some artists wait for it…never knowing when it will appear…others can’t seem to stop it. For artist Gus Harper, it’s an everyday, natural occurrence. Harper explains, “I make art everyday. I love it. I’m giddy in the mornings. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have lows or hit the wall. That happens all the time. There are so many ups and downs. Even within the same day, sometimes even the same hour. It used to frustrate me but now I have embraced it. The low is part of the process, and there is something to be gained from it. And I know that it will be followed by a high,” cites Harper
Harper finds inspiration in all kinds of arts…”Anytime I see someone living with passion, I feel inspired. I remember ducking into a little bar in Northern Brazil only to discover this band playing with such emotion and vitality that I said to myself, ‘I want to paint like they sing.’ Once I get going, the creative process gets rolling and each painting inspires five more,” says the artist.
Harper tends to paint more with oil…sometimes working with acrylic on wood. He explains, “My studio is littered with supplies. I’m always experimenting with new techniques. I’m shocked by how little I know.”
Harper recently had a successful show at LOCZIdesign in San Francisco entitled “Fade to White.” He talks about his experience… “They are such great people. We showed the “Fade to White” series there. It makes such a difference when you get to work with great people. I also love the people at Artwork Network in Denver.”
Harper is looking forward to opening night of his new show, “Searching for Heroes.” “The title of the show is more about the artists’ quest for inspiration rather than actual heroes,” says Harper. “Look, my last show was called ‘Guardians’ and maybe the work reflected the idea that at the end of the day, we are each other’s guardians. It’s not something mystical. We help each other. So, for this show, maybe it’s a bit about the continued theme of finding awe in the people around and also, about finding inspiration inside ourselves. It may seem a bit scattered, and that is good…because it is true.
Gus Harper will open his studio to celebrate “Searching For Heroes” on Saturday, January 18th from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. The general public is welcome to attend this free art exhibition and reception at 11306 Venice Blvd. LA 90066.
he show will remain open for one month, call for an appointment if you would like to see the exhibit. 310-699-9509; http://gusharperart.com/