Oli Ruskidd | interdisciplinary artist

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Working as an interdisciplinary artist, Oli Ruskidd has refined a unique style that blurs the lines between his physical and digital practice.
Exploring the relationship between organic elements and hypnotic patterns, Ruskidd captures a cosmic realm that exists beyond the minds eye.
Fascinated with ancient creatures and mysterious glyphs, his work is often characterised with vibrant colours and free-flowing psychedelic form.
Ruskidd has cultivated a language of movement and life within his practice, melding kinetic energy into his meticulously detailed works.
By adapting a diverse range of techniques and media, he has developed an extensive catalogue of work featuring intricate airbrush paintings
& large scale murals, to 3D modelling & game development.

WAS ART SOMETHING YOU WERE ALWAYS GIFTED IN OR IS IT SOMETHING YOU REALLY HAD TO WORK
AT TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW? TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR YOUNGER YEARS AS AN ARTIST.

I’ve had a passion with experimenting and creating art since a young age. It was more of an instinct to just make stuff,
wether it’d look good or not didn’t matter – but the process was always exciting to me. I started out with making stencils
and wheat pastes, which eventually let into painting my work on the street.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE?

A combination of vibrant hypnotic pattern & intense psychedelic movement.


YOU STARTED YOUR WORK ON THE STREETS AND OVER THE MANY YEARS IT HAS MOVED MORE TOWARDS
GALLERY SHOWS. WAS THIS A NATURAL PROGRESSION OR DID YOU MAKE AN EFFORT TO MAKE YOUR WORK
MORE SUITABLE TO  GALLERIES?

I’ve always enjoyed creating art on the street, but there was definitely a stage where it felt limiting to be boxed into a single art-form.
It was definitely a natural progression to experiment with new materials and techniques, which I think is an important part to further
develop my style and artistic practice.

OUTSIDE OF ART YOU’RE BIG INTO CRYSTAL AND MINERAL COLLECTING.
DO YOU HAVE ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU’RE PROUD OF OR ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR?

For sure. I think the most exciting part of finding crystals is being immersed in nature, uncovering these ancient beauties for the first time!
I recently found an awesome pocket of Smoky Quartz crystals on a trip to Mooralla, which are unique only to this small area.
They were estimated to be over 300 million years old.

 


FROM AEROSOL TO AIR BRUSH TO 3D PRINTING TO DIGITAL YOU HAVE YOUR FINGERS
IN A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT MEDIUMS. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE OR DOES THE PROJECT
DICTATE WHAT MEDIUM YOU GO WITH?

I really enjoy exploring different materials and techniques, and once i start with a new idea, it’s hard to stop. I don’t necessarily have a favourite process,
I think what I find fascinating with expanding my practice into new and different ways is to see how far it can be pushed.
I feel that by stretching out to different mediums and techniques definitely helps with exploring new genres in art,
such as 3D modelling for developing games & art toys, or Aerosols for large scale walls.


TV, MOVIE OR POP CULTURE CHARACTER YOU MOST RESEMBLE?

STAY PUFT.

BIGGEST PET PEEVE WHEN IT COMES TO STREET ART AND THE CULTURE THAT SURROUNDS IT?

Working hours on a piece only for it to be capped because it’s not “graff” enough.

 

 

YOU STARTED A 100% RECYCLED ARTIST INK COMPANY CALLED LOUSY WITH YOUR
LONG TIME FRIEND AND FELLOW ARTIST MIKE ELEVEN. IS THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
SOMETHING YOU’RE ALWAYS THINKING OF WHEN YOU’RE WORKING?

Definitely. We’ve always had a strong focus on sustainability in creating art. Lousy was something that has given us the opportunity to not only
create a new product from a waste material, but to work with local and emerging artists that we otherwise wouldn’t have in our usual art careers.
My favourite part of Lousy is creating new projects and exhibitions which hi-light some amazing talent in our local artist community.

 

WHAT ARE YOU BINGE WATCHING AT THE MOMENT?

The Simpsons


WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO MORE OF THIS YEAR?

It’d be great to camping again once the world calms down a bit, get back to nature and out of the city.
Start some new projects in immersive Virtual Reality – I’m hoping to connect my games and 3D sculptures into an online exhibition.

 

Oli is always creating and sharing his work online
so be sure to keep up with his day to day work on their instagram
or check out his vast folio of work on his website 
Much love x