When did you realize that you were an artist?

I was always drawing, as long as I can remember, I was addicted. I didn’t know why everyone else wasn’t doing it too. Then I discovered artists in comic books and I saw paintings and found out people did this for a living. It was probably then.

Tell us about your artistic style?

My style is hard to pin down. I go where the idea takes me. The idea decides the media or medium, for the work featured on ARTDEX there are two defined styles, Abstract Expressionist painting, and digital painting. In all my work it is predominantly about creating a battle of foreground and background and attempt to distort and disrupt the status quo. Painting “alla prima” mixing the oils or acrylics directly on the canvas surface, working fast in rapid strokes. The digital art is called Digital Remixing, I take one of my paintings and some detailed parts, line work or a detail and reimagine the painting digitally.

Do you have a particular story you would love to share?

I had wanted to strip away control for a body of work I wanted to create. I wanted to be as far from normal as I could be, I decided the best approach was starvation and dehydration. I spent 5 days locked in a room no direct sunlight, no food, water, just writing, painting drawing. No idea what day it was or time. I woke up in a hospital bed, but I had managed to create a new style of work called Evil Jesus It was raw energetic and filled with scrawls of worst I thought about myself, it really plumbed the depths of my soul. I haven’t created under that name for a long time.

To learn more, please visit Dex Hannon’s ARTDEX Profile.

“The music I am listening to is as important as the paint and brushes and canvas. It becomes a cog in the machine.”

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