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Words: Sophie Baczynski Images: Martin ‘Xander’ Bliss

Xander Bliss

Xander…a unique and individual name reflective of a unique and individual artist. Labouring under the belief that ‘art keeps us alive’ his work focuses on reflecting people and their personalities. With his influences including a drag queen and a big breasted acquaintance, its easy to see why his work is so splendidly distinctive. An artist whose ideas ‘literally itch until they are out onto my canvas’, he articulates these thoughts through a series of art forms and designs including painting, sculpture and furniture. Xander talks to The Kaje about his future plans, his influences past and present and the importance of art in our modern world. Could you sum up who Xander is? What does his work represent? I’m an out-going, culturally driven person with an ambition to do something great. It’s always been my aim to do something that people might remember for years to come and considering I’m not that good at anything else, I thought I’d give art a try. I started painting about a year ago and I’ve already sold over 100 paintings so I must be doing something right. My work represents how I feel the day I do the painting. Since I was little I’ve been sewing, building and creating things. I’m a huge fan of ‘Site-Specific’ work and always take elements from my surroundings and put them into my work. If I get to paint then I’m happy.

“I like people who stand out and can be themselves despite the pressures of the world.” What elements inspire your art work? What people, places, feelings? I think people inspire me the most. The feelings I get from them and their personalities. My partner Liam has inspired me a lot, because he’s such a strange and slightly off-putting person. If he doesn’t like my work, he’ll tell me and then I’ll tell him he simply doesn’t understand me as an artist. I’ve heard people talk like that on TV so I’m pretty sure it’s a good response to negative feedback. I like people who stand out and can be themselves despite the pressures of the world. I’m a fan of Jeffree Star. He’s a drag queen like no other and focuses on bright colours with demonic personalities. I love his abuse of the things people mentally link to as “happy feelings”.

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