Fucci, a Finnish-Canadian artist based in Toronto, is coming to Vancouver to be part of Art Rapture.
Art Rapture is an urban – pop exhibition featuring more than 15 critically acclaimed artists presenting their most provocative work yet. The show will be taking place on Saturday October 1 and Fucci is one of the leading artists.
His work is bold, vibrant, colourful, and dynamic. The minimalist approach of his forms and the consistent palette, allow Fucci to create pieces that result in “thought-provoking works that touch upon perversion with wit and unexpected sophistication.”
We caught up with Fucci to find out more about his story, his style and the kind of work that he produces.
Tell us about your background and how you got started in this career?
I’m a graphic designer by trade. I started illustrating in my down time after being bogged down by corporate design work. I decided to stop taking on design projects and started making art full time.
Where does Fucci come from? Is keeping your real name anonymous a particular preference?
Fucci means “Fake Gucci” or fake designer merchandise. I thought it suited the aesthetic of the stuff I was drawing at the time. Fucci has become my moniker over the years and a nickname now. I’ve never been one for the spotlight, so I let the work speak for itself. I’m sure my given name will surface eventually. But right now, it’s not that important.
Most of your pieces depict women’s bodies in different, mostly sexual, situations, but we can never see their faces. Why do you choose to eliminate the faces?
I never liked drawing faces and I’ve never been great at it. It’s been that way since I started drawing and I’ve stuck with it. There’s also so much personality and detail in a face. I like consistency and I don’t want my characters to look like someone else. Sometimes it can be challenging to convey emotion without facial expressions and I like that.
What’s the process of creating your work? And what mediums do you like working on?
I started sketching on paper and made my way over to illustrator. It’s nice being able to really refine line-work and touch things up on the computer but it’s also very mechanical. Nothing feels as natural as sketching with a pencil. I’m pretty formal when it comes to my paintings. Acrylic on canvas all the way.
Is the inspiration to create your work coming from personal experiences or imaginary worlds?
Personal experiences mainly. I put myself into my characters but some of my stuff is completely random. Ideas come and go. You can’t force it.
How does your creation process differ when creating for a client vs creating personal work? Do you have a favourite project to date?
Every client is different but I approach a project the same way I would just drawing in my sketchbook to pass the time. There’s definitely the discipline that comes from working for so many years as a designer but I try to put myself in everything I create or else it would feel fake. The illustrations I did for New Balance were a lot of fun.
What kind of collaborations do you like to do? Do you have an artist or a brand you’d love to work with?
I haven’t collaborated with any visual artists. Most of my work is in the music and fashion industry, but sometimes a brand will reach out to do something cool. I’d like to do more with furniture and sculptures. I’m currently working on a hand-painted track bike with Fuji and I’m very excited to unveil it in my October solo in Toronto.
Ideally, what’s the best setting to better portray and appreciate your art?
I like to see my art in people’s homes. It’s nice to see a person’s space, how they live and how my work compliments their style of living.
What do you know about Vancouver’s art scene?
Sadly, not much really. This will be my first time coming to Vancouver so I’ll have a lot of exploring to do. I’m excited to take in all the sights and sounds.
What can attendees expect to see during this show from you?
I’m still refining the final details but you can definitely expect to see some large paintings and a collection of limited edition prints.
To see the full line-up of artists and to secure your tickets, visit Art Rapture’s event page.
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