Haser: Thank you for joining us, for those that are first-time observers of your work, can you tell us who you are and where you’re from?
James Hunt: I’m James Hunt, an artist and designer from Tāmaki Makaurau.
We all have a come up story, when would you say you started drawing, and what got you into it?
I think I started as a toddler but it got really serious during primary school. I started a drawing club with a few friends where we tried to draw Dragon Ball Z characters, next thing I knew I was studying for a Visual Communication Design degree in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
I love any art journey that involves drawing Dragon Ball Z characters, consider me a member from the West Auckland chapter. Based on your current work, I can see that you have progressed and moved on from the Japanese power house, I really enjoy these playful works of yours, can you tell us what is the inspiration behind them?
Cheers! I think a lot of my inspiration comes from feelings. If I’ve got the saddies I’ll just start priming some canvases or paint over something that wasn’t quite working. This is a good distraction from worrying about the world burning up and all of that scary stuff. Next, I’ll have a look at my phone notes or sketchbook to see if there are any ideas for paintings that might make people feel a bit less shit. Those ideas often come to me when I’m in a good place like going for a run or walking Taxi, my dog.
Shoutouts Taxi. That’s awesome, I think being able to emote the right feeling with art is a powerful gift that involves a lot of honesty. I also enjoy an artist that knows how to delegate their time when they can see they are not in the right headspace.