Left to Right: Play the Queen, 48"x60", oil and acrylic on panel, Heidi's Jungle, 30"x40", oil on panel, Chchchchchanges, 48"x62", oil and acrylic on panel
Casey Pierce grew up in a little town where he skateboarded, started an underground social club, and made art all the time. He went to college and graduated. There he learned a few things about how large institutions worked and decided he wanted little to do with large institutions. He couldn't ever quite conform to the rhythms of the beasts. "This is a trend that persists to this day, but I'm not antisocial. I just rarely fit in," says Casey.
Q: What inspires you? A: Physics. And, I love to see art, architecture, machines and people who seem to defy physics.
Q: As an artist, why Nashville? A: I always kind of thought of it as a testing ground. Then when I thought I'd leave, I fell in love and the city grew and started offering new opportunities. Love came and went but the city kept growing. And now look at it!
Q: What types of colors/shapes are you drawn to aesthetically? A:I can never settle on a scheme, but lately I love to see bold islands of flat color sitting in some textured sea of neutrality. With shapes, it's all about the space between them and where they touch that really compels my eye.
Q: For people who don’t know you, who is Casey Pierce? A: Oh man you guys really dominated my breakfast think with this one. I thought of a lot of “good” things to say, but I think who a person is, is a “you just had to be there” kind of thing. But, I will say this, if you're not learning, you're dying. I guess you could call that a guiding principle.
Q: What do you hope to create and do through your art? A: I just want to see my dreams come true. That's all.
Q: Why do you love painting? A: I'm not a religious person but painting is prayer.
Q: How can people recognize your art? A: Look at it all the time.
Q: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made? A: I love all my children equally.
Q: How has your art and process evolved over the years? A: As far as process I am constantly trying to figure out how to get maximum effect for minimal effort. Maybe one day I’ll be eloquent.
Q: Who do you admire? A:Marcus Aurelius, Ben Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Stanley Kubrick, John Baldessari, Jane Goodall, Bob Dylan
Q: How do you celebrate personal style? A: I strut.
Q: What are the best words of advice you’ve ever heard? A: Whatever it is you do, do it as though your life depends on it. I think Degas’ father told him that.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning? A:Fall back into bed, roll around, stretch and make stretch noises.
Q: What does great style mean to you? A:Doing what excites and works for you regardless of your surrounding conformity groups.
Q: What about ethical fashion resonates with you? A: I appreciate a brand or company that rewards the dedicated craftsman.
Q: Who are your style icons and why? A. David Bowie because he was fearless and fun and tried a bit of everything. I loved to see what Alexander McQueen would come up with. He was so creative and even included some kind of philosophical content in his pieces at times. Jimi Hendrix was a rare bird. And I recently watched this documentary on Diana Vreeland that inspired me. That's a clothing list anyway. I'd better not get onto movies. Oh and Indiana Jones.
Q: What question do you wish we had asked you? A:“Would you like one million dollars?”
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