Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am Ian Stevenson and I’m an artist.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I look at this confused modern world and then visualise my thoughts. Currently, I’m looking into new parts of my brain and creating many new original pieces.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Leicester in the UK and going as far away as possible.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, and Kurt Russell. Basically all the cool actors from Hollywood because they’re the best!
5: What book is your bible?
I really like that book where that American guy is the son of God and is sacrificed on a cross to save mankind. Those stories are so totally awesome.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love looking at the world with eyes and I hate looking at the world with my eyes.
7: What is your raison d’être?
J’adore le sandwich au jambon et fromage.
8: What is your favorite color?
Oh no, I do not have favourite color. That would be racist.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
He’s not really a superhero, but Top Cat is pretty cool. He lives in a trash can in an alley and is always winding up Officer Dibble, the local NYPD policeman.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I haven’t been for a while so I’ll have to tell you next time I go. I have seen a wonderful coffee shop called Central Perk on a TV documentary and that looks nice. Some of the people featured seemed a bit scripted and everyone constantly laughs at everything they say, which could get annoying. And they always sit on the comfy sofa.
11: What turns you on?
Some fine food, cool crisp white wine, surrounded by a calm audio sea of smooth piano music is a good start.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Is everything okay at home?
Ian Stevenson’s influences of the everyday strangeness of people and the world around him shines through in his odd world of distorted characters. Drawing on walls, floors, rubbish and anything else he can find, his works bright cheery colours draw you into a sometimes dark world. With numerous exhibitions, animations and books to his name, his work ultimately makes you laugh with his combination of words and imagery. Clients include Tate Modern, ICA, Microsoft, Perrier, Polydor, The Conran Shop, MTV, Warp Films, Nintendo and Paul Smith. As well as a featured guest at Berlins Pictoplasma Conference, Current TV also featured a documentary on Ian and his work.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Mikuki Yamanka / Courtesy of Ian Stevenson
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Ian Stevenson, Talking at Glug, 2011, Photography by Mikuki Yamanka / Courtesy of Ian Stevenson