The iconic New York artist Marko Stout has an extensive following of celebrity fans and among the artist’s admirers are the renowned Kardashians. Caitlyn Jenner talking extensively about the artist while in “New York for Fashion Week.” The “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star explained, “I’m very excited for Marko Stout’s exhibition, his art is absolutely amazing!”
Many in the art community and media are now comparing Marko Stout and his work to the other famous pop artist, Andy Warhol. In fact, The Huffington Post recently featured an article entitled, “The Next Warhol. An Interview with Marko Stout” where they compare the artist’s style and versatility to that of pop icon Andy Warhol.
He had a very humble starting. He used to live on a houseboat in San Francisco Bay and he use to hang out with a neighbor friend having some drinks and weed. His neighbor was a retired roadie, Art Institute of Chicago trained painter and art gallery owner. His friend was the one who basically started giving him motivation and passed on some talent as well.
His work ethic is very much like Warhol’s silkscreen process. He uses the photographs of models to take inspiration for his metal paintings. Many people say that his work is close to perfection and this compliment is justifiable for sure.
He integrates digital tech in his work and gets the artistic effect which makes it even better. Then the masterpiece is impregnated in the aerospace grade aluminum which makes the Stout’s trademark vibrant and modern and it looks even better.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
It’s a long but interesting story that ends with me living on a houseboat outside San Francisco, hanging out drinking wine and smoking weed with a friend who owned an art gallery in the area – he actually was a roadie for the Grateful Dead in the 70s.
Anyway, he got me into painting and even sold some of my works in his gallery. So that really got me interested in art professionally, as a career. A few more wild twists in life found me living in New York City and that’s when things really started to happen for me!
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My style is often compared to Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. Andy Warhol is really the father of modern art as we know it today. He is the first real American artist with a style totally different than the old traditional European painters – way cooler and more democratic… more American! I just saw the new Warhol exhibition at the Whitney Museum here in New York, and it was really amazing to see a retrospective of his work presented like this.
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
I have a really cool solo exhibition opening at the Gallery MC in New York this spring. Its a follow up on my previous series, so we’re calling the show “Erotic Allure Volume II”. It’s an amazing gallery and there will be lots of cool new works. Really looking forward to this one!
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I tend to procrastinate and party too much in New York City, I’m really a creature of the night. So, I’m always working on my piece right up to the day of the show. This really drives the gallery curators and art dealer crazy, but I always come through in the end.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
What are your plans for the near future?
I have a really big solo show this Spring here in New York and then another show in LA in the fall, and there are also some minor shows and art dealers I still owe pieces to… so I’m going to be very busy this year.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Definitely, all the fans that come out to my shows and especially the collectors and dealers that buy the work. Also, all the really cool celebrities that have given my shutouts and have bought my work over the past year. Especially “The Kardashians” and Caitlyn Jenner who has been very supportive and just great!
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stick to your guns! Just keep making cool art and fuck the people who tell you to conform, wear an ugly suit and get a conservative business job. You’ll be OK.
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