NEST HQ was created with the intention of being a platform aimed at promoting and encouraging the growth of artists of all genres and mediums. While we’ve worked mostly within music up to this point, we are expanding on a new content series that will showcase multimedia artists of various backgrounds including painters, graphic designers, architects, and others of the sort; this is installation. Every two weeks, we’ll post hand-selected pieces from our featured artists via our Instagram @nesthq, along with excerpts from the full interviews.
This week on installation, we present painter Oliver Hibert.
Can you tell us a bit about how your story as an artist began?
It was always painting for me. I had tried several different mediums, but I took an art class as a kid and painting immediately grabbed me.
What is the reason for the medium you choose to become proficient in? What does this medium allow you to do that other mediums may not?
Maybe it’s the tangible aspects of painting, but I enjoy the physical act of painting. I feel like every artist has several things that they enjoy doing. I wanted to be a musician, but eventually you have to just choose one and make that your thing.
What are some of the most memorable times in your career so far? A-ha kind of moments.
Meeting and working with Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips immediately comes to mind. I had an exhibition at his gallery and did an interview with him. Since then I’ve worked on a ton of projects with him. Also, I was a party once and Miley Cyrus stopped me and said “Hey! You’re Oliver Hibert!” That was pretty crazy.
Tell us about your upcoming short film, A Picnic in Phantasmagoria! Horror is an interesting genre to me because it forces the composer to create textures that make the audience uncomfortable, which is the opposite of the textures that I encounter on my day-to-day. Do you think the film will be a strong departure from your other works?
This is a project I’ve been working on for a while. It’s a project that I will be doing all of the music for as well. It will all come down to planning around the weather in Arizona – in a couple months it’s going to be way too hot to film. I don’t think it will be too different, a lot of people already find those kinds of things in my artwork, I think. I really need to get back to that project, haha.
What were the inspirations behind these 3 pieces specifically?
“This Painting is very special to me, It represents some personal things in my life at a very special time. I dont want or need to go into detail but it means a lot to me.”
“I recreated the whole Rider-Waite tarot deck as a side project recently. Was a ton of work but It was something I felt like I had to do. ”
“This was totally a drug-fueled drawing. It’s not something I recommend doing but I had a lot of fun with it when it happened :)”
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Some of my goals for 2017 are to paint even more and work on film projects that I’ve been putting off. Oh and music, I wanna do that more too this year. And most of all to just stay alive, happy and make as much love and magic as I can.