Artistic works are usually inspired by life, different situations that come about, memories, people, music, etc. Wayne Horse can identify with these inspirations, but more times than not, his art is inspired by whatever the hell he is watching, doing or thinking at a particular moment in time. He was born in Germany, and lives in an uncensored environment, which is better in his opinion. Growing up and living by the not-so-harsh laws in Amsterdam encouraged his unrestrained artistic displays.
Wayne has traveled around revealing his sometimes risquÃ© work to the masses. Heâ€™s dipped his hands into different types of art while sticking to the script of his individual expression. With a respect for video and animation, graffiti and graphic design, he makes art involving odd tasting brownies, flying cars, apes, happy faces and a slew of heedless obscenities, among other things. Welcome to the wild mind of the artist Wayne Horse.
â€œI was asked to censor words like â€œshitâ€ and replace them with â€˜poo.â€™ I couldnâ€™t be upset. If they want baby language, I can feed them that.â€
Format: Please introduce yourself and explain your beginnings in art.
Wayne: Hello. I go by the name of Wayne Horse. My last name can and will vary according to situation.
Format: Elaborate on your artistic journey from your initial interest to your current art exhibitions.
Wayne: In high school I was the kid who could draw, but there was another kid who drew better. Luckily he got into grunge and stopped drawing. I pretended to be weirder than I was and did all sorts of shameful artistic drawings about slitting my wrists. Then I got into drinking and laughing. I then came to Amsterdam to study art. It took some time to get over feeling guilty for doing nothing but bullshit. After art school I realized I had to do something to maintain myself. I was lucky enough to be able to show here and there.
Format: Whatâ€™s your most popular exhibit? What is the meaning behind it and what was your inspiration?
Wayne: Probably it was the one at the GEM in Den Haag. An installation called â€œMax Wright was Right,â€ it consisted of a mural filling the whole room and a column with three screens in the middle. Max Wright is an actor who played Willy Tanner in the â€˜90s sitcom Alf. The mural showed Max Wrightâ€™s real life struggle and addiction to crack cocaine and street boys in relation to the Tanner family, Kate, Lynn, Brian and of course, Alf. On the screens I showed a couple of videos, completely out of context. I thought, â€œHell, itâ€™s a big place, I might as well show some other stuff I can do.â€ A strange move, but thatâ€™s how it was.
Format: Do you find yourself catching criticism for your exhibitions like â€œMax Wright Was Rightâ€ and â€œThe 10 Rules of Adulteryâ€ that are on the sexual side?
Wayne: In Holland or Belgium people are rather indifferent. In the case of â€œThe 10 Rules of Adulteryâ€ many people asked why I chose to paint in their national colors. They were satisfied with the answer â€œbecause we are in Belgium.â€ In America, where I was showing last year, the perception was completely different. I was asked to censor words like â€œshitâ€ and replace them with â€œpoo.â€ I couldnâ€™t be upset. If they want baby language, I can feed them that.
Format: What would you say is unique about the artistic culture in the Netherlands as well as your individual art?
Wayne: I see a lot of good stuff around here, but I also see a lot of art for the sake of art, which, of course, tends to be boring. The thing I like about the Dutch culture is that they have a lot of support for the arts. Itâ€™s easy to get funding, etc.
Format: What do you believe are the most outrageous myths about Amsterdam?
Wayne: Something outrageous about Amsterdam is how lately any independent or alternative culture spot is being hunted down and extinguished by the council. From closing down squats that offer workshops and artists space, to painting the few legal graffiti paint spots in the city black. Unfortunately this is not a myth, but reality.
Format: Thereâ€™s been a recent curb on prostitution and cannabis cafÃ©â€™s in Amsterdam. Do you have any crazy stories about either of the two?
Wayne: I have been stoned a lot of times in Amsterdam. Almost every time there was the one or the other crazy thing happening, but in most cases it turns out to be funniest whilst in the middle of it. Later, looking back, itâ€™s better not to talk about it. I have also prostituted myself once or twice. That was usually a bad experience.
Format: Has the freedom of such things in Amsterdam had an influence on your art in terms of you not being limited when creating art to be displayed publicly?
Wayne: I can show whatever I want as long as it does not directly abuse anybody physically. That is good. But sometimes it feels like throwing salami in the hallway, if you know what I mean.
Format: Your website expresses that youâ€™re a fan of 50 Cent. How did you get into his music and does his music play a role in the creation of your pieces?
Wayne: Here we are listening to a millionaire telling us about how he eats at fancy restaurants wearing jewelry we canâ€™t afford. We are close to tears, looking through shop windows at the stuff he will buy tomorrow. 50 Cent obviously is a piece of shit. But it reflects our times.
Format: Youâ€™ve had everything from a dating service to an animation series on your website. We get the feeling that youâ€™re the Bam Margera of art. What unusual ideas do you have in the works for your site and art in general?
Wayne: Here at WayneHorse Enterprises we are a rather ugly group of friends and clam to every straw, hence the dating service. Not that much of an unusual idea, considering the situation.
Format: Youâ€™re involved in pretty much every facet of art: painting, videos, animations, drawings â€“ how do you balance it all? Is there a particular time when you focus on one area?
Wayne: Itâ€™s good, because I donâ€™t limit an idea to one technique, but bad because I never get good at any of the techniques. I still prefer a bad drawing with a good idea to a well executed but uninspired one. If you donâ€™t know the craft well it gives you no opportunity to hide in it. To be honest, I donâ€™t manage to balance anything and itâ€™s a disaster every time, over and over again.
Format: What is your ultimate goal or purpose as an artist?
Wayne: I would like to have everyone shot.