Addy Debil a.k.a WHOP is a Bandung based street artist who likes to create murals and sarcastic illustrations. His works are witty and really fun to watch, with his brightly out-of-the-box street art drawings. Read our full interview to know more on what he does and where his inspiration comes from.
What’s been keeping you busy lately?
Beside working at office, lately I’ve taught some doodle workshops and done live painting for some events.
Of course doodling, then the rest are quite standard, like watching movies, listening to music, and attending concert or music gigs, sometimes reading book, and many more.
When did you start working in art and design?
I think I took art seriously since 2011, so yeah about 4 years. Then since that I was involved in many art events and join a lot of small exhibitions.
Do you remember when did you become passionate about drawing?
It began when I was in school, but I didn’t show my doodles to people. But then in 2009-2010, I started to get very productive and I tried to put my doodle on street, on any walls, as mural using wheatpaste. At first it was just for fun, just as something to do during my leisure time. In 2011, I started to step it to another level, to make it serious. I went to galleries and exhibitions trying to mingle and get to know other artists and illustrators.
How do you describe your artworks?
Simple, fun, and sarcastic.
What makes them unique?
Let’s say my artworks are visually fun and full of joke but actually they have some deep meanings within them.
What medium do you usually use?
Mostly I use marker or drawing pen on paper. I almost never use pencil. Because I like firm lines, and I don’t really like shading. The challenge is to get everything right, because one inacurrate line can ruin just everything, you know, since you can’t erase marker or pen.
Do you have any favorite artist?
Well, I have a lot of favorites! I love local artists such as Eko Nugroho, Stereoflow, Eddie Hara, and Aditya Wijanarko. I also adore international artists like Mulheres Barbadas, Jeremy Ville, Piet Parra, KAWS, Dabs Myla, Agostino Iacurci, Brendan Monroe, Yoskay Yamamoto, D Face, Retna, and many more!
Where do you usually get inspiration?
From anywhere, sometimes it can be really random. From books, film, songs, works, social interactions, the Bible, etc.
Have you participated in exhibitions and do you have any achievements?
I took part in several joint exhibitions in Jogja, Solo, Semarang, Jakarta, and of course Bandung. Not just exhibitions, but also live painting events, and workshops. Recently, me and my friends broke a MURI record and got an award for ‘Most Graffiti Painted in Relay on Cars’
Where did you learn about graphic design and art?
I was self taught. I’m actually a graduate of vocational high school majoring in multimedia. And I pretty much explore all of my characters and drawings by myself.
What makes you join Printerous Artist Program?
First, Printerous is really helpful for illustrators or artists who want to make money out of their artworks, Printerous also helps us to promote it on social media. For people out there, Printerous makes it easy to look for some cool merchs. People can easily buy from their favorite artists and browse tons of artworks, all in one user-friendly website.
What do you think about the development of local artists?
Real progressive! Now there are a lot of impressive local artists. I think we will see a lot more talented ones in the future.
What’s your dream?
I really hope someday I can arrange my solo exhibition abroad, make some mural in a huge building, and take part in some international events such as PowWow Hawaii, White Walls, or Miami Art Basel hehehe.
Any plan for near future?
I want to arrange my solo exhibition and build my own studio.
Who do you want to collaborate with? Anyone in mind?
For local artist, I want to collaborate with Eko Nugroho. I adore his mural works, they are all really awesome!
Shoutouts to other fellow artists?
Actually I am still a newbie myself. Yea I think we all have to keep learning, doing some research, going to many exhibitions whether it’s a small or big one, interacting with other artists, sharing, and maybe collaborating.
Discover more from WHOP
Visit his store on www.arterous.com/en/whop