12oz Exclusive Interview: Caleb Neelon Pt 1 - Painting Outside and In
This article was posted by Daniel Feral 1 year, 9 months, 1 week, 6 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes ago.
Caleb also began experimenting with different styles of painting that utilized house-painting materials, and took the emphasis off spray paint. While experimenting with these materials he found that he especially liked using a foam brush with which he could create a primitive, drippy stroke for his outlines. Shaky and child-like, this kind of outline went perfectly with the blocky crude letterforms, naïve characters and folk motifs and patterns that he made all his own. Overall, he found a style that matched his personality: friendly, communicative, unpretentious, approachable, and fun. Caleb found in his materials and style an expression of himself that was whole, integral and unique.
Another quote from his book, which addresses why he doesn’t use “fancy European spray paint” when he travels, reveals another unique reason for his choice of materials: “Ideally, I’d love it if a neighborhood kid could see what I do and go give it a shot him or herself. So it has to be materials that are locally available, especially if we’re talking about a less wealthy country, where using anything else is just really unfair.” This heightened sensitivity to the environments and communities he paints in is yet another beautiful expression of his personality and why his aesthetic developed into the unique statement that has become.
He also discovered that travel and painting in foreign cities was one of the most inspiring aspects about making art on the streets for him. This stems from his love of people and communicating with those within a new community, but also from the interests he developed at the museums and in the library in folk art in general. More specifically, he gained an inherent love of folk art because half of his family is Nepalese. So he naturally began to incorporate important elements from that culture after many trips to visit Nepal. During his travels he has explored the indigenous arts and graffiti in Sao Paolo, Katmandu, Tegucigalpa, Calcutta, Istanbul, Brisbane, Copenhagen, Sydney, and many more. As well as immersing himself in the cultures and communities of the places he visits, he has also painted with many of the greatest artists a country has to offer, such as the Os Gemeos twins, Keramik, Nunca, Vitche, Herbert Baglione, Atome, Pez, Ichabod, Egs, Cakes, and many many more.
Interview and pictures continue on page 4…
- Caleb Neelon,
- Daniel Feral,
- The History of American Graffiti,
- Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan Levine Gallery,
- Allen Benedikt,
- 12ozProphet Magazine,
- Sao Paulo,
- Herbert Baglione,
- Cost and Revs,
- revs cost,
- Revs and Cost,
- Cost KRT,
- Caleb Neelon's Book of Awesome,
- Steve Espo Powers,
- Brown University,
- Rhode Island,
- New York University,
- Street Art,
- John Fekner,
© Daniel Feral & 12ozProphet - Saturday February 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM