6 eyed women, men with brain splitting tigers inside their heads and a cowboy with an owl for a face are just some of the creative juices that flow from the mad magnificent mind of Matt Cunningham (@moon_patrol). We got the chance to ask Matt a few questions about his art, we talked about what inspires him to patch these pieces together, and how he has developed the Moon Patrol’s retro edge style.
How would you describe your style of art?
Retro digital collage.
Is there a running theme to the work you create, or do you just make whatever comes to mind?
I make whatever comes to mind. I do have themes, but they come up in the work on their own. Usually motifs about identity or inner-selves is a big one.
Tell us a little about your creative process?
Usually, I get some free time and sit down and open up the Photoshop program. Then I start putting stuff together, and when it feels right, I stop. I like to work in silence, no music, nothing, but I have a two-year-old daughter, so it’s harder now to get that quiet time. I am learning to work with more noise in the house.
What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am commissioned to do a concert poster for a band. The deadline is April 2nd, and I need to get cracking on that. Otherwise I am laying kinda low right now, trying to gather my forces in the new year and see what direction(s) I’d like to go in 2018.
How has your style changed over time?
It’s gone from doing full-frame pictures with a figure in the foreground and an entire background with stuff happening, to a simpler form. Now, it’s usually a figure on a plain(-ish) background. The focus is on the figure’s upper body now, whereas in 2016 I would try to contain the entire figure – feet to head – in the frame of the picture. My style has gotten a lot simpler over time.
What do you wish you knew about being an artist before you got started?
How to talk to clients and read a contract. And that it’s OK to say ‘no.’
What is on the horizon for Moon Patrol?
To keep making as much art as I can for as long as I can.