Canadian Street Artist Denial Drops “Rise”



 Back at it again, the incomparably Canadian D3N!@L brings us his latest,  Rise. Each of the 12 x 24 x 2 cradled wooden boxes were hand painted and stenciled onto found wood with a mix of spray paint, geso, cardstock and urethane. Read on for the 1xRUN Thru with  D3N!@L as he gives us the inspiration behind Rise, past influences and more after the jump.

 1xRUN Thru Interview

Rise by D3N!@L

1xRun: Is the original for Rise still for sale?

D3N!@L:  The original has a black background with silver baroque in it and stands 6ft x 3ft and is for sale currently in a gallery in Toronto, ON. Contact me for details.

1xRun: When was this piece  drawn/created?

D3N!@L:  The original was drawn a few years ago.

1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?

D3N!@L: These pieces are also made from scrap recycled/found wood. I wanted to add an organic-ness to the piece by painting on wood and recycled cardstock and not buy any “new” wood to make them. I think it worked out well.

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

D3N!@L:  I like to play with juxtaposition and contrast. I love the look of a beautiful refined rose over top a mess of a background with scratches and splatters. The contrast kind of forces the rose out of the painting, almost hovering.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?

D3N!@L: This series of 33 took 1 week to make.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

D3N!@L:  Each piece is unique in this series! I used 33 different colors of paint to do the unique backgrounds.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?

D3N!@L:  It’s a sexy bitch, that’s why. Haha.

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.

D3N!@L:  Regal.

1xRun: When did you first start making art?

D3N!@L: 6 years old.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

D3N!@L: I used to love drawing guns and battle scenes. I also loved tracing old skateboard logos and making up fake skateboard brands and logo. My grandfather was an artist and inspired me to draw and paint young.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

D3N!@L: Andy Warhol and Mark “Gator” Rogowski.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

D3N!@L: Warhol, Gator, David Choe, Shep Fairey, Banksy & Brendan Burke.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Denial preparing for the solo exhibition at 323east

Denial Studio Visit in Windsor, Ontario


D3N!@L: Loud music, preferably the Clash, the Misfits & Black Flag.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

D3N!@L: I would love to meet David Choe, he seems like fun as shit.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

D3N!@L: Warhol was a bitch I heard, so Basquiat I guess.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

D3N!@L: I can’t remember.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

D3N!@L: A piece from Jason Deary.

1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?

D3N!@L: A new series of works to be unveiled in September at 323East.

1xRun: Anything else you would like to add?

D3N!@L: Hey US Customs, let me the fuck across the border! I dare ya!

1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?

D3N!@L: WebsiteFacebookTwitter

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