Beachroad Magazine meet up with eL Seed and chat art with the mural maestro. Born in 1981, eL Seed's intricate compositions call not only on the words and their meaning but also on their movement, which ultimately lures the viewer into a different state of mind. Working primarily with subjects that seem contradictory, eL Seed's art reflects the reality of mankind and the world we live in today.
His works are installed in public spaces, galleries and institutions on every continent. From the streets of Paris or New York, to the Favelas of Rio di Janeiro or the slums of Cape Town, his contemporary approach aims to bring people, cultures and generations together. Interestingly, 'eL Seed' is a pseudo-name that was inspired at the age of 16 by 'Le Cid' (meaning 'The Lord' in Arabic), a five-act tragicomedy written by one of the greatest seventeenth-century French dramatists Pierre Corneille in 1636.
eL Seed answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //
NAME? // eL Seed.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Shoes sales man in a local market ( I was 16).
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Artist.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? // When I used to have a real job.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // I am claustrophobic.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Coming back from school with my mom.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My dad and my mom as they left Tunisia in the 60's with nothing to give my family a better future.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST? // Michael Jackson.
YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? // Lisson Gallery.
IF YOU OWNED A GALLERY WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? Dot Gallery.
IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARTIST WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // I used to be a business consultant until I quit to focus on my art.
WHAT ART DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH? // Arabic Calligraphy.
WHAT PIECE OF WORK HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // Perception, my last project in Egypt.
ANY ARTWORK YOU HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO SELL? // Yes, mainly my sketches.
ART ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Cooking.
WHERE IS YOUR DREAM STUDIO LOCATION? // By the beach, with a view.
WHO IS YOUR GREATEST FASHION INFLUENCE? // My dad.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Michael Jackson.
YOU CAN SPEND A DAY WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, WHO WOULD IT BE. BASQUIAT, HOCKNEY, HIRST, WARHOL OR HARING? // Basquiat.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Know your value and be proud of it.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Hard headed.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Dishonesty.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Yassin Alsalman aka The Narcicyst.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Louis Prima.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Kung Fu Panda 3.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Orientalism by Edward Said.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // I got attacked by a bull at the 4th floor of a building while I was painting in Egypt.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Gabes, Tunisia.
LEAST FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Montreal, Canada.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // By having my family around.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach and desert.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban and rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cats.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Latte.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My friend HLL.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // A TED talk on my project in Egypt.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Love is the miracle of civilizations, Stendhal.