Gary (Milksop) was born in Indiana and grew up in Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas. Learning to draw by tracing Winnie the Pooh, at the age of four, helped shape his love for illustration and helps guide the overall direction of his artwork today. He received his Bachelors of Science in Studio Art from the University of Southern Indiana in 2004 and has been quite prolific since, creating hundreds of pieces in the last 16 years. His work has been seen in both Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose magazines as well as various art venues in Chicago, New York, Indiana, and Kentucky. Collectors across the world have purchased his work from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and all over the United States. Gary lives and works in Evansville, Indiana with his girlfriend and their two cats.
“In order to correctly define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider art as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life”.
That has always resonated with me and it lets me quote Tolstoy even though I’ve never read any of his books. It explains the elusive or unexplainable tropes of being an artist without complicating things or sounding like a pretentious weirdo. Art is just a part of who we are; it’s part of human life. Piggy-backing his philosophy, I think everyone has a sense of art in the same way we have a sense of humor. We personally decide what we consider interesting or amusing. That’s where small connections are made between people, between the artist and the audience. By building on those small connections, I try to amuse people and explain my thoughts. I use traditional and non-traditional platforms like skateboards, paint can lids, discarded wood, and scrap metal to try and strengthen those connections. Familiar materials or common everyday objects helps bridge that connection, it helps form a story, and compliment or contrast the imagery. I’m influenced mostly by art and artists from the last 100 years in trying to create my own personal style and approach while exploring abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, graffiti, and collage.