Kiara Thomas is a Visual Artist/Illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. Kiara’s work consists mainly of block colours, line and dot work. She also produced a T-shirt range featuring one of her illustrations. Read on to find out more about Kiara and her work or head to her Facebook or Instagram: @misskiarathomas
Tell us about how you got into visual art and illustration.
My mother was very creative when I was young, although she never pursued a career in the arts I always looked up to her as a strong independent woman and talented artist. She has always inspired me to follow my passions and visual art is at the forefront. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I knew I wanted to focus on my art career.
What was it like quitting your nine to five to study art?
Nerve-racking! Going from a great income that provides a pretty sweet lifestyle to living week-to-week and drinking box wine. It’s had its ups and downs, but I will never regret it. I feel more at peace with myself now than I ever have.
How would you describe your style of art?
Low brow illustrations and paintings. Block colours, line and dot work.
What is your favourite piece of original work and why?
I would have to say the focal piece for my first solo show. It’s not the piece itself but it was the one that started one of the most important nights for my career to date.
What inspires you?
People fascinate me. It’s more about the relationship they have with me and how they affect my identity. The opposite sex appears quite regularly in the theme of my work. I use the stories I have created with these partners as a gateway to explore self and hopefully relate to the context of the viewer.
Tell us about your T shirts.
It all came about when a fan asked for one of my illustrations to be printed on a tee. I was in the middle of producing a series of illustrations for an exhibition. So instead of putting together a show I decided to have them on a t-shirt range. The first drop sold out within 24hours. I was pretty stoked with how well they went down. I have also sold out of the 2nd release and for now putting the tees on hold.
What are your plans for this year.
This year is the year of learning how to say no. It is my last year of my arts degree and so far taken up a lot of my time. I will still be taking on commission work and showcasing my pieces at group shows, just not the same volume as previous years. I have my heart set on graduating this year so I can transition into the next step in my career and start traveling with my work. Starting with America.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Learn how to network, make use of free advertising though social media, and get to local exhibitions.