Dave from Analogue Luxury is a creative powerhouse and visionary. Honored to be able to chop it up on his Podcast, “Here and Doing Things”. Peep the full-interview below.
Your Testimony Could Be Someone's Breakthrough
I've been in the creative space professionally for just about ten years now, the last six of those as a full-time working artist. One of the most important lessons I've learned in this industry is that independent artists and musicians alike cannot make it alone. I wish I would've learned this lesson sooner. No matter how much of our time, dedication, and resources we put in -- in addition to everything we sacrifice -- this is an industry where only one percent of people breakthrough. I'm convinced the difference between those breaking through and those giving up, is having a team of people behind them. Call them fans, supporters, collectors, street teams, managers, whatever; the people that support an artist are their biggest assets. These supporters exponentially improve the artist's quality of life emotionally, mentally, and physically, and improve any chance at being able to make it in this industry.
Aside from purchasing art, people ask me all the time, "what can I do to help?" My best answer is this: like, comment, and share. Tell your friends. Tell your coworkers. Tell your family. Be a testimony for not just me, but for any other artists and musicians out there whose work you appreciate and believe in. Galleries and record labels have their places and there are some good ones out there, but at the end of the day they still hold the power and do what's best for their bottom line. They are the gatekeepers. The industry is changing (music faster than art), but these entities still hold the keys. We live in the social media age where artists and their fans (supporters and collectors) are taking the power back, and in order to do so, outside of monetary support, the best support is getting the word out about your favorite artist/musician. Outside of individual collectors and supporters, one of the biggest trends right now is artist collaboration with brands, agencies and companies, which are a big part of how up-and-coming artists are discovered. These collaborations usually have larger audiences and resources than the artist has individually, so if you know of an artist or musician that you love, share them with the people around you. The biggest boost an artist can receive is a larger business/brand's platform and/or sponsorship for their work. You never know where that opportunity could come from, nor where it could lead for an artist.
I'll leave you with this story not many people know about Jeff Buckley's famous version of the song, "Hallelujah". Musicians and artists are discovered all the time through other people's testimonies. Jeff Buckley, at this point a struggling musician, discovered another musician's cover of the song, while he was house sitting for a friend. He was bored and had nothing else to do, so he played the record. The original version and the cover version were both relative flops, but Buckley found it, fell in love with it, and made it his own. He played it at a small bar in New York City where an executive from Columbia Records discovered him. The executive told a colleague at work, they watched him perform it, and they all fell in love with Buckley's version. Columbia Records eventually signed him, he recorded his own version of, "Hallelujah", and that became the popular version we know and love today. Supporting artists doesn't only entail purchasing their music or art, you can support your favorite artists and musicians by sharing their work and spreading the word. If it moves you, tell people. You never know, your testimony could be someone's breakthrough.
Thanks for the continued support. Appreciate everyone following along.
One of the hardest things that no one tells you about chasing your dreams is the loneliness and alienation that comes with the journey. If we give everything to our craft what’s left for the people we love or ourselves? Mac Miller’s last album is the epitome of finding and crafting art from our inner soul even if that means going to some pretty dark places. A painfully honest and beautifully introspective look into the depths of his being. He put it all on the table. As an artist, no album has ever, or probably will ever, make more sense to me then, “Swimming.” It paralleled everything I was going through last year. I’m forever grateful for people like Mac Miller who are unapologetically flawed and yet real and brave enough to give everything they have to their craft. That level of commitment makes me feel a little less crazy and a little less lonely on my own journey.
“And sometimes, sometimes I wish I took a simpler route, instead of havin' demons that's as big as my house..” - Mac Miller (2018)
I’ve added a mural section to my website. These are a selection of murals I’ve worked on through out my career. Most of these murals are located in Charlotte, NC, but I’ve got a bunch lined up around the US for 2019. Check out my murals here. Shoot me an email for all pricing and inquiries regarding murals.
Limited edition “XØ Logo” Black Pocket Tee open for pre-orders. This is a limited edition release and each bundle comes with a hand signed and numbered postcard of authenticity. Huge shout out to @thelittlefieldco for capturing my vision for this video. Cannot recommend these dudes enough. #xø
I’ve been using this XO graphic in my artwork since 2015 and I’m excited to announce it is the new trademarked Kyle Mosher logo. The xø graphic will be used on all things apparel, stickers, as well as the signature on the front of all my original artwork to signify an authentic Kyle Mosher original. If you’d like free XO stickers just shoot me a contact email with your name and address. Shoot me a photo or tag me on instagram with what you do with your stickers: @thekylemosher.
“The Vices of Men” - 60” x 48” x 1.5” Acrylic and Cut-Paper on gallery wrapped canvas. This is the final painting from the series, “exercise these demons.” This is the largest Canvas painting I’ve ever done and the most pieces of paper I’ve ever used. Medusa was so beautiful she was the only woman who was able to steal Poseidon away from Athena, the goddess of beauty. Athena was so mad she turned Medusa into a hideous creature. “Poseidon was easier than most. He calls himself a god, but he fell beneath my fingers with more shaking than any mortal. He wept when my robe fell from my shoulders. “ - Medusa by Patricia Smith, 1955. This is available to add to your collection please direct all pricing and inquiries here: Me@KyleMosher.com. 📸 @katherine_kirchner
There are two battles raging. One with the person inside of us and one with the person across of us. Once you master the person inside of you the person outside doesn’t matter. I wanted to use my signature boxers and this wall to remind those people who are working on improving themselves of the battle that really matters. Thankful for Mike and Katie for giving me the opportunity to bless their wall at Kadi Fit This was an easy project to get behind as they are working tirelessly on spreading good vibes and improving yourself in mind, body, and soul. 📸: @katherine_kirchner
Appreciate everyone rolling out to the Collaboration is King event on Wednesday. Truly grateful for all the love and support. I’ve been at this for nine years and seeing people come together to support myself and other artists never gets old. I want to give a special shout out to my friend and mentor @bradysadler for releasing his first book and being a believer and supporter since day one. Go scoop his new book, “Collaboration is King” on amazon. I contributed illustrations and also the cover art. Also shout out to @imagine876. Her work is amazing and she’s another artist out here doing it for real. Do yourselves a favor and give her a follow. This is only the beginning. Lots more in store! 📸: @domoftheyear
Alright guys and girls here’s another brand new limited edition print. Cooked this up probably 3/4 months ago. I’ve been going so hard on the original paintings I wanted to get back to some conceptual commercial projects. The vision I have for my art is to harmoniously in galleries, on billboards, in the digital space, on products, and everything in between. The intersection of fine-art and commercial media was the goal when I stared down this road nine years ago. My entire scenario project was based on this idea. This is a print concept for @off____white combing my signature style and his signature Air Presto. It is available as a limited edition hand signed print exclusively through me. Email or visit my site for all sales and inquiries. #CONTEST tag either @off____white or @virgilabloh for a chance to win a print. I’ll announce the winner on my Instagram story August 25th. Much love 🤙🏼
“Gambino” (2018). Here’s a little surprise release for everyone. I cooked this up before the, “This is America” video, tweaked it, and decided to sit on the release until after the hype died down. I’m drawn to brilliant people who aren’t afraid to be bold and challenge themselves. This dudes resume speaks for itself when it comes to going against the grain and following your heart. He’s not afraid to push buttons either, which, is something I’m known for ;). This is available in four different sizes as a limited edition gallery wrapped print. Available exclusively through me on my website each comes hand signed and ready to hang. Black wood floating frame option available for additional cost. I’ll be giving away one print at random August 7th all you need to do is tag @childishgambino for an entry! Email for all pricing, sales, and inquiries: Me@KyleMosher.com. @childishgambino🤙🏼
We’ve lost some amazing people to their own demons the last few months. The series I am currently working on is an embodiment of my own struggles facing down various demons, my own anxiety and depression included. I struggle to find something tasteful and meaningful to write as a tribute; the only thing that seems fitting is, “I feel you.” Reading the sea of comments to the tune of “she had all the money and all the fame”, really shows how little people know about anxiety, depression, and just the general struggle of existing in this world sometimes. Anxiety and depression do not care whether you're rich or poor, black or white, woman or man, or anything in between. Mental health isn’t black and white. Sometimes it’s extremely grey and we don’t even realize we are struggling with it. It can manifest as cloudiness, lethargy, self doubt, withdrawal and so much more. I created this piece as a tribute to Kate, in an attempt to do my part to raise awareness. She was amazing. Though her accomplishments speak for themselves, what was happening on the inside didn’t/couldn’t and will never get the chance to, but, I feel you. I forget who the comedian was but he said something that has resonated with me. It goes something like, “someone asked me what it was like finally becoming famous and I said 'it sucks'. And they asked why and I said, 'because no one asks how I’m doing anymore. Everyone just assumes I’m okay'.” That is one of the most real and accurate things I’ve ever read. Be a friend, be real, acknowledge that life is hard sometimes and please, don’t just assume everyone is okay. Being real about our feelings can still be cool, I promise. “I feel you” 36” x 24” acrylic and vintage paper on canvas. This piece is available to add to your collection. 11” x 17” Limited edition prints are also available. 50% of the profits from this print will be donated to The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Each comes hand signed and numbered. Please email for all pricing, purchasing, and inquiries: Me@KyleMosher.com. 📸 @katherine_kirchner
The 2018 series is live. This is the first offering of a bunch of new paintings for 2018. There will be another six to twelve paintings added in the coming months. Read more about the series and see the work here.
48” x 36” x 1.5” Acrylic and Cut-Paper on gallery wrapped canvas. Finished with 3 coats of matte varnish to ensure protection against moisture and fading due to accidental UV exposure. This is from the series, “exercise these demons.” This is the first from a set of three cut-paper Cupid’s in this style. In Roman mythology Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars. Some of the most beautiful art has been created in the name of love and some of the greatest empires have fallen in the name of love. This piece is currently available to add to your collection. Please direct all pricing and inquiries here: Me@KyleMosher.com.
This is an exclusive and limited edition of 100 print only available through me. At 11” x 17” it comes hand signed and numbered on archival Somerset Fine Art Paper. Free domestic shipping included. International Shipping available upon request. These are available in my Print Shop.
Email me regarding all inquiries and special orders: Me@KyleMosher.com. All prints are made to order so please allow 6-10 business days for delivery.
Here are the first three brand new paintings from my new series, "exercise these demons." There will be about a dozen or more paintings from this series running through the summer differing in subject matter, but all will be keeping in line with my signature aesthetic. Each of these painting is 48”’x 36” x 1.5” Acrylic and Cut-Paper on gallery wrapped canvas. May all of our deaths be beautiful. ✌🏼 This is available to add to your collection please direct all pricing and inquiries here: Me@KyleMosher.com. 📸 @katherine_kirchner
“belle_mort.jpg” - 48”’x 36” x 1.5” Acrylic and Cut-Paper on gallery wrapped canvas. Wanted to free myself from the constraints of doing planned large scale series. Aside from murals and commission requests, will strictly be working with my signature cut-paper style for all personal work this year. No holds bar, no directions, just raw and whatever speaks to my diva art self. I foresee a few of these skulls being made. May all of our deaths be beautiful. ✌🏼 This is available to add to your collection please direct all pricing and inquiries here: Me@KyleMosher.com. 📸 @katherine_kirchner
I got just a little side tracked the last few years regarding my art and the brand. The end of 2017 and the big Instagram reset was to reframe my creative existence. I'm getting back to what I love and what was the foundation of my art: combining art and culture. Here's a concept for a Kyle Mosher x VANS collaboration that could extend beyond just print and digital marketing collateral. Artists are the new rock-stars, we are visual influencers. I coined that term, you heard it here first. These are available as limited edition prints in my Print Shop.