100 Creatives 2013: Ned Gayle, Thrift Store Painting Defacer
What He Does: Ned Gayle likes to doodle, but he hates doing backgrounds and landscapes. It's admitted laziness on his part, so he decided to find a unique way around it. His work takes pictures and paintings bought from thrift stores (Mostly Goodwill Select), and incorporates his drawings over key parts of them to create something between a collage and a traditional visual creation.
Sometimes he bases his adaptations on a picture that strikes his fancy, other times he creates characters beforehands and scours shelves for an appropriate picture. Either way, it's a one-of-a-kind style that makes for very fine pop art. Currently most of his creations are only available for viewing through tumblr or his instangram account (@nedofthedead), though he's looking into publishing a zine and a website to try and spread his unique style a bit further.
Why He Likes It: "I never really practiced drawing environments and figured this would be a great way to cheat myself into finishing drawings. I also enjoy the excitement of figuring out to incorporate my doodle into the painting/photo I buy. Sometimes I will draw a few characters before I decide which I like best for the piece.
I like how gross it looks. I never really learned how to draw people, so these doodles have evolved from bastardized attempts at portraits."
What Inspires Him: Gayle is a big fan of gross art. Hieronymus Bosch and his huge visions of distorted hells is Gayle's biggest influence. He also likes the work of Robert Crumb, Charles Burns, and Johnny Ryan. Basically anything garishly unsettling finds a cozy little home in Gayle's art.
If Not This, Then What: "I currently attend the Art Institute and am studying video production. I'm hoping to span out and combine my art with my videos. I'm working on a short film about a giant clay man who cleans an apartment."
If Not Here, Then Where: After a recent trip to stay with friends in San Diego, Gayle could see working in Oceanside. He loved the scenery and in-and-out burgers.
What's Next: "You know, I'm still searching for that perfect place. I'm new to the downtown area so I'm not quite hip to all of the resale shops yet. I do frequent the Goodwill Select next to my place. I'm not sure what Select means, but they always play exciting music slightly louder than other Goodwills."
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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre
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Barry Moore, architect
Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist
Ty Doran, young actor
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Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet
Justin Garcia, artist
Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center
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Tomas Glass, abstract artist and True Blood musician
Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse
Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company
Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography
Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions
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Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist
Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer
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Anthony Rathbun, Alternative Lifestyle Photographer
David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer
Danielle Burns, art curator
Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder
Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator
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Amanda Stevens, scary book author
Peter Lucas, film and video curator, music lover and self-described culture-slinger
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Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer
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Joe Grisaffi, actor, director, writer, cinematographer
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