Many critics compare my work to Warhol, but they are wrong it’s my own style- pure Marko Stout, no one else.
You’re one of the most popular artists in New York City. Your work is especially popular with the younger generation, why do you think that is?
I have a rather large following of people in their 20s and 30s and even teens, especially here in New York. I think for some reason my work and messages really resonate with them and their struggles to get by in the city.
You work with many different types of mediums, such as painting, photography, film, sculptures and video, so what is your favorite.
I don’t like to be limited to just one, I like them all. Lately we’ve been adding or video elements and experimental music to my shows, I think that gives the show a cool vibe and helps with my messages, gives things a more complete package. I really hate quiet sterile galleries where everyone is supposed to be on their best behavior and “take in the work”- fuck that, it’s not me, it’s not my style.
You’ve had a lot of success this year. What do you think was the high point?
If I measured thing in terms of money, I would say the ArtExpo show were we sold several large sculptures for six figures and many prints. I also had a solo show with Art Nation Gallery in SoHo that did very well, and sold a lot of work, but it was also a fun show. I’ll be in Miami this December for Art Basel which is usually one giant party and should be a great way to end the year.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Everyone- David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and even fashion guys like Alexander McQueen and Carl Lagerfeld. Certainly a lot of avant-garde film and movies. These styles resonate best with me and are best for my work.
Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
Stick with the type of work you like and do you own thing- develop your own style. Don’t try to do what you think other would like. Many critics compare my work to Warhol, but they are wrong it’s my own style- pure Marko Stout, no one else.