Godmachine lives in South Wales, U.K. with his wife to be, 2 cats and his beard. Influences come from his old skateboarding days when his knees still worked and his band when he could still hear things. Godmachine started painting with acrylics on canvas about 8 years ago and the demand was such that merch/poster design seemed like a quicker (and less messy!) way to meet it. People who have inspired him along the way include a variety of styles from Aubrey Beardsley, Jim Phillips, Chet Zar, Horsebites and many many more.
I also was able to get a mini-interview with Godmachine:
CM: I know you have been drawing as far back as you can remember, what were some of the things that influenced your artwork along the way?
GM: as with everyone that evil Disney started me off- at the same time it was nature books- I just remembered I used to draw horses a lot- wonder why i stopped? odd. But I think it was when i became a teenager and MTV hit the UK and Skateboarding hit big. It was definitely skateboarding. Jim Phillips has a lot to answer for- he defined a generation of artists and I see the same thing year in year out. what a legend.
CM: Are there any specific movies or music that continually help to inspire your current work?
GM: Return of the living dead, Blade Runner, Taxi Driver, Re animator, Raising Arizona, Holy Mountain, 2001, La Haine, Jacobs Ladder, and thousands more too many to mention.
Musically it has to be Kyuss and the doors. The need to be weird and wired. even though I live the clean life now- they did it for me.
CM: You have created designs for poster, shirts, skateboards, is there anything you would love to do that you haven’t been approached about yet?
GM: I’m hopefully doing watches this week. I would love to Design living spaces. I hate the way we waste space and fill it with junk. I was standing behind the tv the other day- there is this huge gap there- its been there since we moved in and put the brain drug alter there. So the Mrs comes home and there I am in this space and she asks what the hell? and I told her- I pay for this space Ima bloody well use it. I go to peoples houses and they have chairs in hallways with books next to them- We all know you wont find them sat in the hallway reading a book- its senseless- I dont get it- We think we need all this room to live- we dont. I wouldnt design a small space but I would use it for a better purpose than putting a vase with sticks in (my Mrs mum has sticks in her hallway- sticks!!!- they pay for sticks from ikea and make the waste of space seem appropriate and ‘worth it’….with sticks!!!).
CM: Finally, you said that you used to work with paints to create your art, is there any chance that we will see acrylic or oil works from you, possibly in a gallery setting?
GM: I have a real problem with galleries around by me and I still have a chip on my shoulder about it. I would carry my canvases round truing to get a break a spot a chance…and they would all either say- you got to give us 99% of you takings or ‘oooh its a bit too dark’. Being shunned by my art community made me what I am today though. I think If I could take a year off and concentrate on my acrylics I would- but I dont have enough time money or space to do it any more. All my paintings are being stored in a back room at a tattoo shop, when a friend opened a place he let me show my art there- but now he is big and has popular art there my work is kept out back under some crap- really should go get them back. sold a few from there though. wish I kept them now gutted.
Thanks for answering the questions. For more of Godmachine’s work, head on over to his homepage. You’ll also find more interviews that are more in depth.