Each artist has their own story to tell on how they chose the path that led them to where they are today, although perhaps sometimes the path chooses them. This may have been the case for urban and multimedia artist Bond Truluv, who studied Anthropology yet whose career later took on a very different direction. What inspired this change? How did he know it was a risk worth taking? We recently caught up with the artist to learn more about his journey…. .
You originally studied anthropology; how did you go from there to becoming an artist and does this influence your work in any way?
I was always painting during my studies but never thought that I would be able to make a living out of it. A lot of time went into university and it felt wrong to just abandon it. Usually, I finish what I’ve started and my MA diploma is my backup plan. The studies enabled me to travel a lot through southeast Asia too. I had to choose a region to focus on and chose India, ending up going back and forth there for a couple of years, travelling up and down the country and all over South-east Asia.
Your work features a style of calligraphics and graffiti that is instantly recognisable; how would you say your artistic style has evolved and changed since you started out?
Well, I guess it´s safe to say that my focus changes every once in a while, finding so much inspiration from diverse sources. Looking back now, there are really a lot of different styles and approaches in my work, ranging from rather organic forms to bold and graphical mash-ups up to a wide implementation of digital tools like long exposure photography, installations, video mapping to Augmented Reality (AR) and NFT aspects.
Tell us more about the name “Bond Truluv”, does it have any hidden meaning?
Not really. It is just a vessel to be filled with visuals and moods. „Bond“ is not about the meaning of the letters but rather about the calligraphic potential. The suffix „Truluv“ is reflecting the relationship between two people. It describes a positive attitude towards life and the things I do. The passion to create and to evolve during the process. To live consciously, respectfully and humbly.
Your work has been seen not only in Germany, but on walls all over the world. Which of your international projects resonated with you the most and what made it so memorable?
I wouldn’t want to single out a certain project or festival as there were so many memorable ones through the years. 2019 was particularly interesting, with murals in Las Vegas and Moscow, but also the projects on Aruba, in Tokyo and pretty much all over South East Asia were amazing.
Where and who do you draw inspiration from and how does this manifest in your work?
Different things. Music, cartoons, retro advertisements, new technology, typography, travelling and simply the things people do. I love to freestyle on walls too, just picking a word and painting it, going with the flow that every line of paint provides, drifting along the constant flow of visual associations.
We’d love to find out more about your creative process. How does something that starts as an idea, transform into a reality? Can it sometimes be a challenge to make the final piece as good as your vision?
Usually it starts with a quick note or sketch on a piece of paper or on my phone. When the time is right, I sit on the computer or in the studio to start developing rough drafts, shaping the basic idea further into perspective. The final piece is never exactly like the vision and that´s the key. To satisfy my curiosity in materializing an abstract idea is what keeps me going.
What kind of projects give you the biggest sense of reward and personal satisfaction? Can commissioned pieces be creatively restrictive in any way?
Projects that offer absolute artistic freedom and good payment in an interesting location with a professional and dedicated team are the most rewarding. Commissioned pieces can be highly restrictive under certain conditions, that’s for sure.
Your murals seem to somehow work in synergy with the surrounding environment. Is this something you seek to do deliberately and if so, how do you make that happen? Does the environment dictate your choice of colour palette to work from?
It really depends what style I choose to paint. I do have „neon“ lines of work that do not really pick up the palette of the environment but in general it is quite important to me that my pieces work in the context of the surroundings. Lately, I have been trying to „tone my work down“ using pastel and greyish looks, while staying sharp and crisp in content with saturated highlights here and there.
这真的取决于我选择什么风格的画。我确实有 “霓虹灯 “系列的作品，并没有真正接受环境的调色板，但总的来说，对我来说，我的作品在周围的环境中工作是相当重要的。最近，我一直在努力 “淡化我的作品”，使用粉色和灰色的外观，同时在内容上保持尖锐和清晰，在这里和那里有饱和的亮点。
Your work features elements of fantasy and fiction, intertwined with images of a future world. Can you tell us more about these; are they telling the viewer a story?
I always enjoy creating illusions with a hint of surrealism. In this sense, I try to tell stories or create places and moments of imagination. The blending of different artistic styles, architecture, and moods helps me to dream away, like playing a well made computer game or reading a well constructed novel.
For someone who is so used to travelling and working overseas, how were you affected by the restrictions of the past 12 months and how have you stayed motivated?
Being internationally set up, I lost pretty much all of my jobs and projects and haven´t travelled in over a year. I wasn’t lazy however, and started to shift my work to the studio, working on a series of AR and acrylics canvas that I was quite happy with. Also, I started experimenting with a lot of ideas that I had written down over the past few years and spent a lot of quality time with my family. Pretty much constantly reflecting on this luxurious position – we were doing rather well – even though it was tough at some points. Motivation was never a problem for me. There are so many ideas left that I´d like to look into.
We’d love to know more about what you’re working on currently and plans for the future; anything you can share with us?
There are murals waiting in Russia, UK, France, Belgium and more, a gallery show in the US to be prepared and still a long list of ideas, waiting to be materialized.
We can’t wait to see them!
Interview 作者: Hazel Rycracft
Translation 翻译: Emi
Photos照片: Artit’s own