GINA KIEL / INTERVIEW
12 December 2011


Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

Oooh.....Martin Emond/Simon Morse, my favourite underground NZ comic/tattoo artists who's artwork I plastered my walls with as a kid.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I grew up in a small seaside town, just out of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. My family are a talented bunch of artists, musicians, writers and actors. I did art all through school (even in Maths class) then worked at a Boutique animation studio before becoming a professional picture drawer. I hope I will always create art no matter what I do or no matter where I go.

How would you describe your style?

Wild imagination and personal expression with a feminine touch!

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

My beat up old acoustic guitar, my Dad found it in a skip bin when I was a kid, it has the most beautiful tone and is covered in my stickers and drawings, it's been around many campfires. Do you know, it takes at least 30 years for a wooden instrument to realise it's an instrument and not a tree anymore?

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

A very old song called 'May the Circle be unbroken' my Dad used to sing it to me as a bedtime song when I was very young and it would really creep me out as it's all about people dying and getting carried away in hearses. It had a lovely melody though, it used to send me to sleep pretty good.....maybe it's why I find death so fascinating.

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

Surrounding myself with colour, wether it be pictures on the wall, bright t-shirts, music or crazy creative people and the ability to express a feeling/idea through drawing a picture.

What did you want to be with 13?

A tattoo artist. Skin is the ultimate canvas, living breathing and moving.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

Being organised!.......and the occasional shot of rum hahaha Truly, I am very lucky to be represented by the amazing crew of illustration agent/superheros at The Drawing Book Studios who are always teaching me new and valuable things. I also share studio space with my fiance Harry and his team at Inject Design and it's great working in an environment with other professionals who are also balancing creativity and business.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

I'm always planning new artworks. I have a surfboard art project to work on and there are various group exhibitions in sight. I am working on setting up an online shop for prints and things. I'll do some t-shirt designs, custom tattoo designs and hopefully paint a wall! That's just a few of the things I can see for next year, 2012,  oooh the year of the dragon....

italian or chinese?

fish'n'chips ;)

Thanks Neo Collective, you guys rock!!













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