Street Art in the County: 5 Questions with BirdO

Posted by Ashley Mulvihill , April 26, 2016
Birdo

BirdO X Drake Devonshire

Earlier this year, muralist BirdO created two site specific works for our Prince Edward County country escape, the Drake Devonshire. As a follow up we had the chance to sit down with him, via email, to pose five penetrating questions. BirdO responded with equal parts candour and wit.

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1) When did you know you wanted to be a street artist/muralist?
I’ve painted with aerosol for many years now but 2010 sort of marked and end to being put in handcuffs and paying legal counsel because of it. Each year since then has elevated my interest in being a Muralist full time. 2015 I took the plunge.

2) Would you rather have a grapefruit sized head or a head the size of a watermelon?
My head is actually the size of a grapefruit. I feel like I’ve had a pretty good run. Things have been fruitful… I can only imagine how delightful life would be with a watermelon head but you know, play with the cards you’re dealt. Right?

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3) What is your favorite smell?
It’s definitely a tie for second between gasoline and burnt matches (and yes they go so very well together). Skunk smell all the way though. I love that shit.

4) Can you tell us a bit about your artistic process?
I’m super proud and happy to have put in time as a graphic designer in the agency world. My creative process is certainly a derivative of those years. I treat my wall spaces as layouts and believe that plays a big part in defining my style. I can’t overstate the importance of composition. I put in a ton of research and prep time before a mural or canvas and most everything I do is strategy based. My good pals have stated that I’ve taken all of the fun out of street art but I seem to love what I do. Besides, work isn’t supposed to be fun.

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5) What was your favorite children's book?
I was in advanced reading and digested a lot of Chaucer when I was a child…To this day though, I draw huge inspiration from all things Dr. Seuss.

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BirdO’s murals can be spotted in Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nicaragua, Vancouver Island, and Saskatoon. To keep track of his upcoming projects and richly-hued adventures, be sure to follow him on Instagram.

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