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Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Cahill Wessel's surreal "Still Life with Pizza Snake" speed drawing is nothing shy of what-the-hell-ya-more-please. On top of three jobs, he squeezed 60 hours in over 14 days to get this thing knocked out from a tiny bedroom in Oakland, CA. He 'explores a middle ground between elegance and kitsch. I merge playful, often low brow, imagery with symbols of power, beauty and sophistication in order to investigate accepted notions of high art.' Naturally, Cahill wrote the music for the vid too.

He has an October show in LA to launch the new Carlos Queso Gallery in Echo Park - details below.

three QUESTIONS:

BEN: Where'd it all start?

CAHILL: My first memorable milestone in the art game was winning the gold ribbon in the 6-and-under art contest at the Solano County Fair.  I was 3. Creating art that was superior to professionals twice my senior was quite the accomplishment, and this grand achievement sparked the fire that still burns today.

How'd you find the Cahill vibe? Definitely your own.

I'm deeply inspired by the painters of the Renaissance so I try to depict my subjects in a way that conveys the beauty of realism while elevating meaningless objects into captivating subject matter.

I'm also drawn to lush, tropical color schemes. It motivates me to create scenes that blend a bright, saturated palette with rich patterns, calculated compositions and lively content to create work that is fun and uplifting.  

Why is it important to create?

Often times, creating work is not only a vessel of self-expression, but a means to explore one's place in society.

 

the WORK

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

Timelapse: 60 Hours of Colored Pencil in 60 Seconds w/Cahill Wessel

 

upcoming CAHILL WESSEL show

Gallery: Carlos Queso Gallery. Echo Park, Los Angeles
 
Title: "Faded Glory" New work by Chris Rexroad and Cahill Wessel
 
Opening: October 3rd. 6pm-10pm
 
Open by appointment through October 24th 
 
Closing reception: October 24th
 
 

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Moremo commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 11:45am
Wow! Amazing work and style!
Nathan Spoor commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 11:55am
Super inspiring! Great responses and just leaves me amped up and wanting more.
Tina Crespo commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:11pm
Hell yes, this is a great interview and look into Cahill Wessel's world!
Vivienne Gucwa commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:50pm
Super cool! Love the timelapse!!!
Viviana Gonzalez commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:43pm
great interview!
Súa Agapé commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:16pm
Awesome! Love the video!
The Bohemian Bubble commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:18pm
Fantastic Video :) love your work
Veronika Neto commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:20pm
Very unique style!
Hana Stupica commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:31pm
It's great to see the process of another artist!
Rusty Couture commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 5:58pm
love it! love it! love it!
Lambsuga commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:39pm
You are awesome!
Donna M Condida commented on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:54pm
Awesome!! Love your work!!
luizavictoryaPatterns commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:13am
Cool works!
Michelle McConnell commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:21am
Fantastic!!
Swen Swensøn commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 3:12am
very very very + cool ! i love this works
Charma Rose commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 4:59am
Love these time lapses :)
Patricia Shea Designs commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:27am
I love watching time lapses of artists at work - Cahill has the gift with coloured pencils!
Karthik commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 3:09pm
Wow, that's some amazing technique! Love the effect he's able to get with simple color pencils!
Camila Fernandez commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 3:25pm
how cool!!
Wendy Townrow commented on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:54pm
awesome
misimix commented on Sunday, September 20, 2015 11:16am
Every drawing a new set of pencils? :)
luizavictoryaPatterns commented on Saturday, October 3, 2015 3:13am
Interesting!
Inezson commented on Sunday, October 4, 2015 1:01am
Insane!

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