artist of the week: HENSE

We got the chance to sit down with internationally known Atlanta based artist, Alex Brewer aka HENSE. Known for his wildly vivid, colorful murals, HENSE has made a name for himself across the contemporary art scene. Join us as we chat about how he got into art and what his daily ritual consists of.

 

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Where did you grow up?

Atlanta, GA

 

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When did you get into art and why?

I’ve been interested in art and creativity ever since I can remember. Both of my parents had a background in architecture and design, so I think that probably played a role in my wanting to pursue a career in the arts.

 

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What would you say are some big influences to your creative process?

I really love being inspired and one of my main sources for inspiration is other artists; specifically artists who share a devotion to exploring abstraction in various forms. I also tend to be influenced by good exhibitions or public art projects. 

 

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How do you take your coffee?

With cream and sugar 

 

Walk us through a day in the life of HENSE.

I’m usually up pretty early and always start the day with a cup of coffee. Sometimes I’ll brew my own or I’ll stop in and grab one on the way to the studio. I spend the first hour or two sitting in front of my computer catching up on emails. Then I’ll actually start to work.

 

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Some days in the studio are very productive with painting and other days are somewhat uneventful. That usually means I’m spending a lot of time doing research or working on mockups on the computer. Throughout the year, I split my time between the studio and travel for projects or exhibits but I enjoy them both equally.

 

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It’s hard to make murals or public art pieces when your in the studio all day and it’s hard to make new work when your traveling and painting outdoors. I try to keep a good balance with both practices.

Any future projects in the works?

I’m working on renovating my new studio space which is my current project but I have several public projects coming up. One of which will incorporate sculptural elements. 

 

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Shout out to HENSE for taking the time to chat. Be sure to check out more of his work and exciting news on his Website or Instagram.