Nashville Artist Spotlight
Hip Hues is excited to announce our collaboration with Brian Wooden on a limited edition print run of his three original pieces: Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, and BB King. 50 of each only will be available to the public at the end of this week on hiphues.com.
Over the past year, we’ve determined that Brian Wooden is a really rad guy with a larger-than-life passion for art and music. As fellow creatives, we decided to help fulfill his dream of accessibility by bringing his art to life via screen printing. In commemoration of our awesome screen printing collaboration (Brian and Hip Hues will print all of these by hand!), we present our first NASHVILLE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT!
Brian Wooden is a Nashville-based artist and musician working primarily with large-scale, hand-built canvas. His goal is to bring an element of street-style art to canvas, mixing an illustrative style with a painterly texture.
Rapid fire Q&A with Brian:
Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs
Mythological creature: Mantis plus falcon
Man bun or Mohawk: Man bun (but I’ve had both!)
Peanut butter and jelly or Peanut butter and fluff: Neither, peanut butter and bananas
Monopoly man or Mr. Peanut: Mr. Peanut
Mac and cheese or French fries: Grilled veggies
Bird or Fish: Bird
Harry Potter or LoTR: LoTR (although he is a Potter fan)
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Pancakes or Waffles: Granola and oatmeal
Pizza toppings: No
Although we discovered that Brain doesn’t eat pizza, we decided to continue the interview anyway … and dove into more in-depth questions about Brian and his art:
If you had the entire world’s attention for just 30 seconds, what would you say?
Have basic human compassion and love for one another
What inspires your work?
The things that keep me up at night. When I am lying in bed and I have gone over all of the surface stuff that happened during the day, and then I just start to think about the world and what’s going on with us as a whole.
Some of your work addresses serious issues; do you ever worry about offending people as your work grows in popularity?
I don’t worry about that while I'm creating. That’s not the point of my work, to [offend people]. I think it’s all about uniting people in the idea of human compassion and understanding why that is so important and how it could solve so many problems.
I want people to be able to have my work if they want it. Creating these smaller canvas pieces eliminates the barriers of people not having enough space in their home or not being able to afford the larger pieces that I create. My art isn’t about withholding; it should be available to anyone who wants it.
Interviewing Brian Wooden was a pleasure and an honor. Hanging out in his messy workspace, surrounded by his work and his passions, generated so much excitement to create with him. We are truly inspired not only by his art, but also his kind heart and his desire to spread love and good vibes.