Voyage Magazine Phoenix Interview March 2019

Art & Life with Will Beger

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“Will, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am honestly just a guy that likes to create new things. Growing up doing things hands-on and outdoors. I wanted to be a candy man to the crocodile hunter growing up. Tending not to follow the rules or instructions. Comedy, cooking, and art are my main passion points and strengths. I make weird videos that most people wouldn’t post and post it. Give me a fridge with limited ingredients a grill and a crockpot, and I’ll make you something tasty. Doing unexpected things gives me satisfaction. These untraditional unscripted instincts have fueled my art development. I enjoy doing things that other people haven’t done or created. This is what drives my work and caused it to evolve into what it is today.

I am a local kid and went to Arcadia High School. This is when I really started putting the brush to the canvas outside of school. Later I graduated for The University of Arizona with a degree in Agricultural Business and Natural Resource Economics with an emphasis in geology. I sailed on Semester At Sea my junior year. On the voyage, I visited 13 different ports in 12 countries around the world while studying on board ship. On the adventure, I gained observational skills and cross-cultural appreciation. Travel has really opened my boundaries when it comes to art and color.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work is bohemian, vibrant and bold. The things I paint are fun, different and look natural in homes. They are not overdone or too complex. When painting, I strive to make my work bring smiles to people faces and get them feeling good. There’s a lot of dark artwork that I enjoy out there, but it’s not something I’d want in my house. I have a few styles within my repertoire. Plants, fruits, animals, and geology inspire the bulk of it. Some of it is more non-objective. Oil paints were all that I used for the longest time until completely switching to acrylic about three years ago. One thing fun about my cellular paintings is that it looks completely different up close vs. afar. You can’t really see the patterns/pixels in the work until you are within 30 feet of it. It gives the work more complexity and captures the eye. Growing up in the desert I have a lot of love for the southwest. Lots of my work includes wacky cacti sometimes paired with a zig-zag shadow. The zigzag shadow coming from a saguaro is a staple of mine.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Listening to music by myself and zoning out while painting is my jam. But being alone painting and being lonely are different things. Art isn’t supposed to be lonely. Connecting with other artists can be difficult. I have a couple of great friends that are artists. They definitely help me when I’m stuck on something or need guidance. It’s super helpful to have them. The best way to meet people is to get out of the studio and check out local spots with local artists. Go meet people and be curious. Cultivate old friendships in art school or DM someone in your area if you like their work. Keep posting your work on social media. It can open up some huge windows, and you never know who might reach out to you for a cool project or opportunity.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is on display at Art One Gallery in Old town Scottsdale. Art One Gallery is a fun, unconventional art gallery that supports young upcoming artists and local artists. I started selling my work there in high school, and they have been very influential in my growth as an artist. Art One has very nice people help you and chat with. They let you take a painting home and if you don’t like it you can bring it back. It’s a great local gem. This April, I am having a “food is medicine” show at The University of Arizona medical building in downtown Phoenix. They will have my paintings in the café on the first floor. On the third floor of the building they are going to have my southwestern botanical works. Please go check it out in mid April. I post most of my work on my Instagram and also Saatchi art. You can reach out to me directly for a piece. Beware though because I post some out there videos and pics on my gram. No time for basic material.”

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