Serge Gay Jr. is a illustrator / fine artist / graphic designer currently based out of San Francisco, California. Born in Port-au Price, Haiti and developed during his years in the U.S. His art infuses inspiration born from living in cities from coast to coast. Influence in his work can be found from the culture of his homeland, New York, Miami and Detroit. Currently the story continues to evolve from the west coast of the United States. The College for Creative Studies in Detroit would then help him to further refine his skills and build the foundation for his art career as an full time artist.
1xRUN Thru Interview
Joe Blow by Serge Gay Jr.
1xRUN: Tell us a bit about this piece, when was it created? What materials was it created with?
Serge Gay Jr.: Acrylic paint with some love mixed all together on canvas. I painted this piece last year in November, after I was on a Thanksgiving food coma and this piece appeared from no where.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Serge Gay Jr.: I wanted to do a piece on abusive relationships and how nothing good ever comes out of it. If you stay or keep going back it equals to “Bad”. So in this story the woman kills her boyfriend because he wouldn’t let her go, after several occasions where he’s hurt her. Now she’s left with these “demons” that she felt made her do it and thought that it was her only exit to freedom from him. Just a story I made up, but I’m very fascinated in similar real life situations.
1xRun: How long did this piece take?
Serge Gay Jr.: it took me one full day and a half without skipping a beat.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Serge Gay Jr.: Because that wall space in your home looks empty.
1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Serge Gay Jr.: stupefying!!!
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Serge Gay Jr: 1st grade.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
Serge Gay Jr: Drawing naked people in South Beach.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Serge Gay Jr: My father
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Serge Gay Jr: My friends.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Serge Gay Jr: All the time, lots of mix music.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Serge Gay Jr: There’s some friends from Haight that I would love to collaborate with. If not them some big time singer or rapper not a visual artist. My father would be another person.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Serge Gay Jr: I have no idea…I don’t even like much collaboration with strangers. So maybe my Grandfather, who was an artist, would love to see how he worked.
Run: What have you been up to lately? What else do you have in the works?
Serge Gay Jr.: More gallery shows and trying to get into doing art for films.
1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?