Posted By Olly ~ 19th January 2012
In this update, we’re showcasing the visually immersive work of talented London-based Op Artist Myoshka. Myoshka, 33, has worked in the creative side of the advertising industry for the past 15 years in jobs ranging from graphic design, web design, motion graphics through to directing, which is what he currently does. In his spare time he creates the wonderful static and animated Op Art below. You can see more of Myoshka’s art on his website, Myoshka.jp. Myoshka lives in London with his 2 dogs, Akira and Kuma.
Click on any of the images below to see larger versions.
An interesting additional element to Myoshka’s work comes from his involvement in the creative world of tattooing and some of his art has now been permanently etched to skin.
“Art is my refuge from a world of briefs and deadlines, a place where the only restriction is my own creativity. I was introduced to sacred geometry by my good friend tomastomas, a tatoo artist whose work continues to be an inspiration for me. Over the coming years I found myself immersed in patterns, and for the first time I saw my art committed to skin. Through sharing what I created I met many different people and artists from around the world, some of whom I’m now proud to call friends.”
Myoshka also works with the clothing company Maharishi and will be exhibiting a collection of screenprints at the Maharishi store in 2012.
Q. Did you study art?
No. I taught myself and learned through osmosis working with various creatives and artists along the way.
Q. Why do you like Op Art in particular?
I get lost in it. It moves. It twists. It draws me in. I love it’s simplicity. Black and white. Negative and positive. Balance.
Q. How do you make your art? Do you use a computer? If so what software do you use?
Illustrator mainly. But also Photoshop.
Q. What’s the process for making one of your artworks?
Everything is done in downtime from my day job so I try and create as freely as possible. Sometimes I’ll have had a thought in the day, or have seen something that sparked an idea. Mostly though, I open up illustrator and see what happens, what takes my fancy. It just goes from there. One night I won’t make anything I’m happy with, another I’ll have a complete breakthrough. I just put the thoughts out there and see what comes back. Like night fishing for geometry.
Q. Any other art you like.
Islamic art / Sacred Geometry / Tattoo / all things Japanese.
Q. Do you have any favourite artists?
tomastomas has been the biggest influence in my art – a good friend and incredible tattoo artist. Just today discovered David Szakaly through browsing your features – amazing. Obviously a huge fan of Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Favourite artists at the moment is Toby Zeigler.
[Note - to see more of David's & Myoshka's superb Op Art animations, click here]
Q. Anything else you like doing?
Walking my two dogs Akira & Kuma. Tattoo. Directing (my day job). Collaborating with Maharishi.
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Myoshka is also a big fan of electronic music and has experimented with combining music and art. You can see one of these interesting and immersive experiments below – a further two are linked below that.