[NOTICED] Rob Dugan/ Philadelphia
Art exists in endless types of forms. As I sat down with the pop artist, Rob Dugan, to learn about his favorite form, I learned that his preferred style (and talent) lies in graffiti. Before the artist started his own canvas art business, "Seek One," he could be found creating graffiti street art throughout Philadelphia — tagging walls, along with other miscellaneous objects he could find. However, the street art needed to be transferred to something more tangible. “I got in a lot of trouble so I had to find a different outlet to do my art,” Dugan admits.
Dugan said he realized he could move the art that he created throughout the city to an indoor studio by designing canvases. A little over eight months ago marked when "Seek One" had its spontaneous start. The fashion in which Rob's business has quickly taken off is something that took him by surprise. The artist said he would frequently come home from work unable to sleep and would just start painting. He’d put his canvases up on his Seek One Instagram account, causing prospective buyer's and fans to promptly begin commenting about how they wanted to get a piece of his art. Dugan says that while he’s in the process of becoming more involved in art showcases, his primary place to sell his work and interact with customers is via Instagram. “Social media is a huge contributor to my exposure,” he said. Dugan’s canvases are not the typical oil painting landscape, but instead, a combination of media and graffiti.
In the beginning, Dugan said he would use stencils made in Photoshop mixed with the graffiti, by which he has escalated into recently expanding towards various artistic methods aside from his first approach. Dugan prefers using vibrant colors to make the details of his art pop, along with adding a few extra surprises to ensure the unique quality of his art. The canvases include a variation of paints, prints and other materials such as newspaper. In addition, one of his creations is a canvas of Bob Marley consisting of bright shades of orange, teal and yellow surrounding a black and white print of his face, along with Biggie Smalls surrounded by splattered paint in various colors. The black and white print of Smalls has him wearing a crown and chain. For Dugan, he said his inspiration came from the world around him.
“I’m inspired by the [Philadelphia] culture, I’m inspired by the people.”
— Rob Dugan