Tadej Oblak's musical works of art at Amsterdam's Sir Adam are just as colorful as the artist himself. Get to know the story of the art and artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Known for his bright colors and edgy motifs, Tadej Oblak (also known as Pop-Art by Tadej) is a young, very talented visual artist who has been living in Amsterdam since 2016, working from his studio on Spuistraat. He studied visual communications at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Croatia). He is fascinated by "hundred face, million face expressions". Everything comes together in his portraits of local heroes and legendary icons.
Music is the inspiration behind Sir Adam. How does music inspire you?
I loooove music! I have my AirPods in as much as I can. :) Music gives me a new dimension, brings me in a good flow and adds extra to my creative process when going to a concert, festival or club night out. I love to feel the power of music—it unites and enables meeting new interesting and fun people. That is why I decided to have “MUSIC IS CONNECTION” as the theme of my DJ Icons exhibition. The exhibition celebrates diversity of gender, ethnicity, sexual preference and age.
How did you create these pieces?
All artworks for the DJ Icons exhibition are mixed media. All kinds of techniques are used to create something new. It varies from digital techniques and paint layers in acrylic, spray cans, oil pastels, etc. I studied at two academies of fine art (Ljubljana and Zagreb) and practiced traditional techniques (lithography, etching, live drawing and typography). Over the last five years, I mastered modern multimedia techniques (digital painting techniques and even animation). So basically I am an all-around visual artist practicing all sorts of techniques in the full spectrum visual arts.
What do you want everyone to know about your works of art?
The recurring theme in my work is that we must not take ourselves too seriously all the time and anybody should feel free to show more of their authentic selves. In the end we all can be iconic.
Any funny or interesting standout stories about any particular piece?
When working hard and late sending out the press release about the DJ Icons exhibition during Amsterdam Dance Event 2020, we accidentally mixed up the contact details of the management of Willam Djoko and Carl Cox in our Excel. Excel and visual artists are clearly not a good match.. We shared in the email some pictures from my studio with an overview of several artworks. Instantly the manager of Carl Cox replied that he is NOT the manager of William but that he LOVES the piece of Carl Cox and requested a limited print of this artwork. I shipped it to Australia, Carl Cox posed with it and shared it on his social media, not a bad outcome of an email mistake. ;)
ABOUT THE ART
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