The artist showcases on kdoutsiderart.com introduce you to new, emerging and established artists who align themselves with the term ‘outsider art’ in some way. This time, we show you Bahrull Marta’s ‘dark art.’
When did your interest in art/creating begin?
I began creating and focusing on my art after my work was published in my friend’s band’s booklet. This was around 2008, and since then, I have eagerly been getting into art – especially dark art. In 2010, with some help from a friend, I found myself with a moniker: ‘Abomination Imagery,’ and I started illustrating and designing for different brands.
What is your starting point for each piece?
I usually start with a brush or pen on paper, before transferring the idea onto digital canvas, or I might use one of my photographs and just start painting over it. My personal artwork is based mostly on my abstract mind. It starts from there, and it grows as the work progresses. I’m a fan of a traditional look created in a digital way, and I try to make myself comfortable working with no boundaries.
Who or what influences your work?
I am inspired by many different artists and photographers, including Joel Peter Witkin, Affandi, Travis Smith, Dave McKean, Spiros Antoniou and so many others.
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
Hopefully happiness in the darkness, but I’m appreciative of anything the viewer takes from my work.
What do you think about the term outsider art? Is there a term that you think works better?
I think there are no rules. It’s just me and the medium – it’s freedom and it’s raw.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a couple of personal pieces of work on the go, and I am making a cover for a metal band based in Ohio called Psychlosarin. I am also starting a new collaboration with French artist Ludovic Cordelières (or Rusalka Design) and Malaysian artist Dixon Jong from Intuitive Design. I’m also starting to practice tattoo art.
Where do you see your work taking you in the future?
I would love to see my artwork share some space with other great artists in an exhibition and perhaps in a book – maybe with other pieces of ‘dark art.’ I’d also like to do more collaborative work with artists, bands and publishers.