I love Mike Dargas work. He is always willing to create distinguish things and his works caught our attention. Today you can get to know his inspirations and life in an exclusive interview.
How and why did you get into the painting Industry? Where did you study, etc?
I paint since I was a young boy, it’s the first thing I remember from my childhood. I used to draw and paint a lot in kindergarden and one day when she came to pick me up the teacher showed a whole wall painting to her. I had painted the story of the Jungle Book, that I had seen shortly before. At the age of 11 I was accepted at an art school that I could join for 1,5 years. I was the only child in an adult class. In the end I never studied art but I never stopped painting and exploring different styles and techniques. Even when I had my own tattoo studio in Cologne (Germany) I focussed on portraits. Art is my passion ever since.
How would you describe your painting style?
As a realtistic painter I focus on large-format portraits. My current series shows mostly female faces with different liquids.
How varied are your paintings?
I see a great variety in every portrait I do. Every face is beautiful and unique.
Do you have a signature touch with your paintings?
My paintings combine realistic technique and photographic characteristics and is influenced by media, fashion and my personal life. I do seek perfection but more do I seek the soul within each person portrayed.
What do you love about being a painter?
I love the freedom of creating.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am influenced by my everyday life, media and fashion. For the current series I had valuable raw materials, like gold and oil, on my mind. I used honey at first and was amazed by the effect. It was intoxicating.
What are some of your most popular paintings?
I started the honey series with a diptych of „The Ecstasy of Gold“ and „Black Gold“ that was very successful. It is great to directly see the reactions through social media.
I personally enjoy every new piece because I always try to improve my technique from work to work. It is always the latest piece I enjoy the most.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I am working on new motifs with different materials. Right now I am exploring plastic tape.
What is your philosophy on art and life?
Never stop improving.
What are your painting dreams/goals?
I wish to always work as an artist and hope to exhibit on every continent.
Describe yourself in three words.
Curious – perfectionistic – realistic.