Denial – I Was Here

Denial - I Was Here - Run #00179 // Feb 24, 2012

DENIAL, or “D3N!@L” is back to 1xRun for his 7th Run here with 1xRun! You can check out some of Denials previous Runs in our Archives. For his latest Run Denial has brought us a 12 x 12 homage to his favorite past time, getting up. Read on below to check out the process photos for Denial’s latest “I Was Here” and see the 1xRun Thru Interview with Denial where he talks about some of his influences and more! You can also read more of our past coverage of here and here.

1xRun Thru Interview

Denial – I Was Here

1xRun:  Let’s talk about “I Was  Here”,  is the original still for sale?

D3N!@L: The original of this piece is 24″ x 24″ and is available upon special request. The original is a larger version of the small ones but using different colours and deeper cuts into the paint. A more distressed looking piece.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?

D3N!@L: February 2012


1xRun: Materials printed on/drawn with?

D3N!@L: Spray paint, acrylic, gesso, urethane on wood panel

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execute on of this piece came about?

D3N!@L: This piece explores the longevity that graffiti is normally susceptible to. The buff, white washing or the grey is a street artists worst enemy. Many mornings I have gone out to look at a piece in public I did the night before to see nothing but fresh paint over it. This piece entitled “I was here” pays tribute to those lost nights and depressing mornings


1xRun: How long did the piece take?

D3N!@L: This took 1 weeeeeeek with one assistant to do.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

D3N!@L: It’s a painting not a print.


1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?

D3N!@L: It would look good next to any toilet. We hung these next to 8 different toilets and it looked good EVERY time!


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

D3N!@L: NewNostalgiac

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?

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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