Interview with George Hambov aka Apeseven
q) Introduce yourself first please?
a) Hey my name is George Hambov aka Apeseven .
q) How did you get into art?
a)Personally always , I was that kid that everyone in class would come up to to do their drawings for them . Professionally about 6 years ago , A friend of mine “ Klutch” from the USA asked me to be part of the Vinyl Killers saga.
q) Who has been the biggest influence on you?
a)A lot of the pioneers in Street art for sure , people who took the next step from aerosol and started to use a lot of mixed media in guerrilla/street art .
q) Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow what comes in your mind?
a)Follow what comes to mind but certain urban spaces will give me ideas for particular works .
q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?
a)Anything goes , wood , glass , paper , wall .
q) How much does your environment have an effect on your pictures?
a)It would be hard to say how much , but it would be ignorant on my part to not acknowledge environment. It definitely seeps through to images on many levels .
q) Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to certain types of music while working?
a)I work between two places my ex –garage now studio and for smaller works my dining room , its where I spend winter usually .
My studio is about 4m x 6m and goes thru it usual ebbs of messy and organised chaos . Milk crates used for easels/stands , a large old real
estate sign used for a work table , with cavity bricks as legs . Piles of found wood lying around that I use for works and frames . Lots of sketches pinned up on the walls .
q) Who are your favorite artists?
a)Give me a sec ……..after having a quick look at my walls I would have to say Kid Zoom, Evan Hecox , Dave Kinsey,Os gemeos and Blu .
q )When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?
a)Pretty much had a website for about 5 years now , acts like an online portfolio . The web is an interesting mistress ! …it lets you connect with people all over the world for art projects etc , but I still crave face to face interaction with art lovers/artists and collectors . In terms of business , I haven’t pushed that side really mainly because I prefer galleries to sell works for me .
q) What books are on your nightstand? At the moment …
a)Lunar Park ….Bret Easton Ellis
Dune ….. Frank Herbert
q) What's playing on your stereo?
a) One of my most favourite albums ever ……. Boxer …by The National
q) Any interesting "rituals" before you start creating?
a)I just like to go for a short walk around the neighbour hood , seems to get the blood flowing definitely helps me focus .
q) What is your favourite colour?
a)At the moment Red oxide
q) What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there one, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?
a)Anytime the mood strikes really ……sometimes until 4 am , but I give myself at least an hour after waking up before I start making images .
q) What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?
a)Currently working on an art book , basically the last 2 years of images , installations that I have done . I think it is always more interesting for art lovers and collectors to be able to view a body of work in its entirety , not just on gallery walls .