Intro and interview by Nick Schonberger
A native of the Big Smoke, SheOne (James Choules) specializes in spectacular black and white abstractions. These are based on typographic expression, rooted in ‘80s new wave graffiti, and tied brilliantly to space. They work just as well on canvas as they do on city walls.
Or, as fans of SheOne will note, garments.
Over a twenty year career, SheOne has offered his unique painterly style to a variety of surfaces. As an exhibiting gallery artist, his work has been shown in Asia, Australia, and Europe. SheOne’s installations garner a reputation for their innate ability to tackle difficult spaces. His reputation has also grown through collaborative efforts in product development. Working with Addict, SheOne has transfered painting to textile. He has also created footwear with K-Swiss.
Ever interested in how artists balance commercial and gallery work––as well as manage to hold on to their personal aesthetic throughout––I contacted SheOne for the short interview below. We are both lucky enough to be involved with the Black Lodges blog, which brings together a group of similar minds playing on disparate fields. Despite the connection, there were things I’d never learned about SheOne as an artist and questions I’d always wanted to ask him about his process. We chatted about beginnings, collaborative work, and the difficulty of definitions in the contemporary art world.