Werner Bauer aka PUG is a street artist based in Styria, Austria who creates amazing murals mostly using stencils.
He was kind enough to answer a couple of my questions about his work.
All photos are by PUG. Enjoy the interview!
How long have you been doing street art and how did you get into it?
I can’t recall the exact time. I’ve participated in exhibitions for many years and in my free time I would paint in the streets. However, I’ve been painting as PUG only for about two years now. I’ve had enough of exhibitions and galeries and I actually didn’t wanted to continue doing art anymore… but something was missing in my life and that’s why I started doing stencils and that is how I rediscovered my passion for art.
Why did you choose a pug as your image?
I like his character. He is in principle friendly and peaceful, but he can be really stubborn and he would never bow down to anybody. He is kind of the anarchist among dogs. We are kind of similar in some ways. 🙂
I see that you like working with stencils. How do you make them – on a computer or do you sketch everything by hand?
Both. First I make a sketch which I then edit in my computer. Most of the times I print it and finish some minor things by hand, after that I print the finished painting on an overhead foil to make the stencil.
Who inspires you? Do you have any favourite street artists?
I get my inspiration mostly from music, especially from bands like Sonic Youth or Mudhoney. I’ve never been too interested in art except for creating my work. Sounds strange, but it is what it is. There are of course people whose work is really striking – like f.e. Ernest Pignon who is, not only for me, one of the inventors of street art; and ROA is also amazing. I am therefore very happy that one of my most recent works is located right next to a mural by ROA (in Linz, Austria).
Do your murals have a hidden meaning or do you mostly create them for enjoyment?
I was a political artist back in the time when I used to make exhibitions, but I’ve always tried to infuse some humour into them. Nowadays, that I almost exclusively paint on walls, I try to simply find the best motif for the specific place and I try to have fun with it. This may have a message, but it doesn’t have to be forced to have one.
Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
I don’t really have any motto… not to talk about it, but to simply make it happen – that is what’s important to me. To the beginners I would like to point out that the best technology doesn’t help if you have no style and no good ideas.
Thank you PUG for your time and amazing photos!
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Have a beautiful day!