o-yukiArtist and illustrator Sail hails from Oslo, Norway. Born in 1980 he states he “currently lives and works on the top of a hill near the sea”.

1. What would you say is the most important theme in your work?
Identity, damage, isolation, loss and thriving in spite of those things …and ghosts.

2. What’s most inspiring to your working process?
Doing the work itself. That’s when I really come alive on a piece, when I’m doing it and the work is going well – seeing it start to take shape. I don’t spend too long looking at the finished image, I’d rather be working on the next thing. it’s the drawing that I enjoy the most.

kitsune_13. Have you any strange talents that influence the work you produce or the way you produce it?
I’m a pretty stellar finger painter.

4. Which artist of the past would you resurrect to collaborate with and why?
Maybe one of the great Japanese Ukiyo-e artists? I don’t really know, I tend to not spend time thinking about impossibilities. I’d rather focus on what I can be doing, and actually doing it.

5. Do you think your work is understood or misinterpreted and why?
I don’t know if that’s really possible. once I put it out into the world it’s open to interpretation based on the unique experiences of each individual viewer. I can only say what they mean for me, and I’d rather not impose that on someone’s experience with the work, which should be as personal as they are to me.

l_26. If you could decorate one place in the world what would it be and how would you do it?
My apartment. I’d get all the cool art I own on the walls – some day…

7. What to date has been your ‘cherry on the cake’ moment and what was it that got you there?
Ultimately, it’s drawing. The rest wasn’t there for a long time and I was still here drawing. If it all went away tomorrow I’d still be here drawing. I suppose finally being able to properly draw, and convey the things I want to, to show them, and render them in a manner that does them justice is the best moment. Dedication, conviction and long hours of hard work is what got me there and getting there was pretty satisfying. but I’m always trying to get to that next place, that next piece that’s better than all of what came before it.

8. What we ask everyone! Does your artistic style influence your underwear?
I don’t even know what that means!

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