Since its launch in 2017, Samsung Artwork Retailer has been on the forefront of driving important modifications in the best way we expertise and recognize artwork. With huge collections of art work, The Body and the Artwork Retailer provide other ways for shoppers to get pleasure from various types of art work from the consolation of their properties.


Road artwork — which regularly incorporates parts of its environment and nature — has been discovering its place in digital media as show expertise and film high quality have quickly advanced in recent times. Via partnerships with artists like Logan Hicks, Samsung Artwork Retailer has been bridging the hole between public artwork and on a regular basis shoppers, bringing intricate particulars, expressions and impressions nearer to customers than ever.


Samsung Newsroom had the privilege of connecting with Logan to debate his inventive course of and inspiration and the way his partnership with Samsung Artwork Retailer helped push the boundaries of his craft.


Logan Hicks is a extremely acclaimed artist based mostly in New York, famend for his intricate photorealistic city landscapes. By utilizing a number of layers of stencils, he seamlessly blends city aesthetics with excessive precision and element.


▲ Logan Hicks’ inventive course of (video courtesy of Logan Hicks)



Inspiration and Influences: From Baltimore to California and Past

Q: Might you inform us a bit about your self and your profession as an artist? How did you come to work with stencils?


After working a profitable industrial display printing enterprise, I made a decision to give attention to my artwork and moved from Baltimore to California. I attempted hand-cut stenciling and fell in love. The method is comparable, however stencils are painstaking and never precise. I embraced this problem and discovered to create deep element with a number of layers.


▲ Logan Hicks



Q: What’s your ardour that evokes your artwork?


Journey is each my inspiration and antidepressant. Seeing new international locations, folks, locations and cultures has all the time helped maintain my eyes open to how completely incredible the world is. After I journey, I’m all the time excited to get again into the studio.


I additionally discover quite a lot of inspiration in New York Metropolis. The way in which the town modifications all through the day and yr — it has a lifetime of its personal. Throughout the pandemic, it was particularly attention-grabbing to see a vibrant metropolis empty. It was eerily stunning.



Q: Might you stroll us by way of your inventive course of from the images you begin with to the ultimate product?


I don’t normally go into element about my course of simply because it’s straightforward to confuse the method for the product. About 75% of my time making artwork is the laborious technique of picture preparation, stencil reducing, bridging the stencils, and many others. To elucidate briefly, I take photographs, break them down into varied ranges of distinction, lower them out, spray them on prime of one another after which fastidiously paint the lights. My stencils aren’t the type that you would be able to simply roll over a stable coat of paint — I slowly convey out the picture with small sprays of paint that I construct up.




Q: What’s your favourite step in your inventive course of?


My favourite step is creating and selecting a temper for my art work. Will my scene be exacting or painterly? Will it depict the solitude of the night or the vibrancy of a shiny day? One set of stencils might be painted in some ways, and I like determining which one is greatest.



Q: What partnerships have you ever labored on through the years that stand out to you?


I discover that essentially the most profitable partnerships are those which have the least path, a minimum of for me. Discovering an organization that grants freedom to do what I need is paramount for a profitable collaboration. A number of that come to thoughts are the Bowery Wall I painted for the Goldman household in New York and a partnership with Porsche for his or her electrical automobile at Scope Artwork Honest.

Logan Hicks X Samsung Artwork Retailer

Q: Why did you select to companion with the Artwork Retailer?


An artist solely has two causes to proceed: to make artwork and to current the artwork to an viewers. For me, Samsung Artwork Retailer was an outlet to showcase my artwork — it was a brand new strategy to displaying my artwork, and for that cause, I discovered it attention-grabbing. Dwelling areas as of late proceed to get smaller and smaller, so I noticed this as a manner of sharing a number of artworks as an alternative of hanging them on restricted partitions.




Q: How does displaying your work on The Body examine to different media you’ve labored with (e.g., canvas, brick/concrete partitions, billboards)?


Good artwork ought to be capable to translate to varied mediums: canvas, partitions or digital. The Body was an attention-grabbing platform simply since you don’t have management over the place it will likely be hung or what family will obtain what art work — it was enjoyable to seek out out which of my items had essentially the most common attraction. Whenever you make work for a selected location (like with a mural), you need to think about the neighborhood, lighting, floor of the wall, and many others. The success of a mural is predicated in your skill to adapt to the atmosphere. With The Body, although, it was a case of plucking these works off the wall and placing them right into a digital house — the eye was 100% on the art work that was created as an alternative of the atmosphere that it lives in.




Q: How does your signature strategy of mixing colours by way of aerosol contribute to the visible attraction of your work when displayed digitally?


I hope the viewers can recognize my work on a number of ranges. For instance, you solely observe the subject material at a distance earlier than you begin noticing the main points as you get nearer. When you’re inches from it, the execution turns into clear — from the best way the colours mix to the tiny dots of aerosol paint that make up the floor of the picture.


My work has nuances which are tough to see on conventional digital shows. I’ve been proud of how the matte show of The Body picks up particulars of the spray paint and the refined colour modifications. The show provides the chance to expertise the work from varied distances as if it exists on a wall or canvas.



Q: You have already got expertise in creating large-scale murals worldwide in locations like Istanbul, Miami, Baltimore, New York, Tunisia, Paris, and many others. How does the Artwork Retailer partnership increase the worldwide attain and accessibility of your work to audiences past that?


I simply overlook that 99.9% of the world received’t have the chance to see my work in particular person. After I paint a mural, it’s normally in bigger metropolitan areas and in cities the place I have already got some kind of connection. So, I like to increase my attain to individuals who might not reside within the locations I paint. With this strategy, somebody within the rural outback of Australia has entry to my items simply as somebody within the coronary heart of Manhattan does.



Q: What are your prime three picks you’ll advocate to shoppers to show on The Body? Please give us a really transient clarification of every.


▲ The Entrance, 2019


This portray is the entrance of Monet’s home. I visited Monet’s Backyard for the primary time and immediately felt like I used to be in a distinct land — flowers surrounded me like a inexperienced fog, and the scent of flowers crammed the air. Standing in entrance of Monet’s home, I imagined what it will have been wish to reside there. I take into consideration how this was what Monet noticed each morning as he walked the backyard and returned to his home.


▲ Giverny, 2019


This piece can also be from Monet’s Backyard. What I cherished essentially the most concerning the backyard is that it’s very uncommon that you would be able to stand in the identical place the place a masterpiece was created. I’ve grown up seeing Monet’s work in my artwork historical past books, on TV and in films. However after I visited the backyard, I spotted that I used to be within the portray. I used to be standing the place Monet as soon as stood as he painted, and instantly his art work made extra sense to me. In fact, he painted his backyard! How will you go to heaven and never memorialize it in a portray?


▲ Axon, 2018


I’ve a comfortable spot for Paris: the tradition, meals, artwork and structure. I find it irresistible all. This portray is a scene that you just see whenever you stroll exterior the Gare De Lyon practice station. I can bear in mind after I took the photograph that I used as inspiration for this piece. My pal requested me, “Why would you’re taking an image of the road? It’s ugly. It’s the practice station that’s stunning.” The beauty of being a vacationer is that every part is new and contemporary. To me, the road was simply as stunning because the practice station. That’s the energy of a superb portray — it could possibly enchant essentially the most boring scenes.



The Intersection of Know-how and Creativity

Q: As an artist recognized on your conventional inventive methods, how do you navigate the intersection between conventional artwork varieties and the digital world?


Artwork is a language, and studying to talk it in numerous arenas is important to the success of an artist. I don’t put an excessive amount of thought into what’s conventional and what isn’t. I simply attempt to think about what the work will seem like scaled all the way down to the dimensions of The Body. I strive to consider what items have sufficient complexity to stay on the display in somebody’s house for an prolonged interval.



Q: What distinctive alternatives does the digital artwork platform provide for artists like your self?


The primary alternative I see for the digital house is entry to a brand new viewers. Somebody might not spend 1000’s on my portray, however they might obtain a picture of it. I’d wish to assume that typically that will even translate into somebody then going out and shopping for a bodily copy of a portray.


It’s additionally an effective way to achieve an viewers that doesn’t historically go to galleries. Artwork is most profitable when folks can see a bit little bit of themselves in it, no matter whether or not that could be a feeling, expertise, thought or temper. That isn’t restricted to an artwork museum attendee. Discovering folks and connecting with them by way of artwork is one thing that may be completed on a a lot bigger scale by way of a digital platform.


I really like the chance to achieve new audiences who might not have appreciated artwork earlier than. The artwork world can typically be guarded; The Body provides new followers a chance to contemplate dwelling with artwork.


Go to the Samsung Artwork Retailer in The Frame to discover extra of Logan Hicks’s assortment.