ETC: What is your name, and do you have an a.k.a or anything like that
TVG: Tony Van Groningen, a.k.a. tonybricker
ETC: What do you do for a living?
TVG: Graphic design / information design
ETC: How did you get started in art?
TVG: I've been drawing since my mom gave me that very first crayon...
ETC: As artists, our styles can constantly change and evolve over the years- How has your style, or perspective on art, changed [if it has at all] since you first started pursuing art as a hobby and then as a career?
TVG: My style has changed so much. When I was a little kid all I would draw were cars and animals and Disney characters. When I was first starting to think about refining my skills in high school, all I ever drew were comic book characters and monsters and aliens, and some more "serious" still life and landscape stuff for school. I got into a studio art program for college and learned a ton about the wide world of fine art, it was really eye opening, and I grew to appreciate the value of social commentary and conceptual forces in art. At the same time, I thought a lot of fine art was overly intellectual and ultimately ineffectual, and I kind of got disgusted with a lot of it. Now I am at a point where I just like what I like for my own reasons, and in my own work, now I get bored really easily if I make similar things over and over in content or in technique.
ETC: What would be your idea of the ULTIMATE collaboration?
TVG: Let's get fantastic and say a huge piece with James Jean, Moebius, and Syd Mead working on some deep psychologicalfuturescience, with Buckminster Fuller and Roger Waters consulting.
ETC: What is your favorite medium to work with?
TVG: I love ballpoint pen, or ballpoint pen on top of watercolor. Gouache + india ink is something I have been enjoying a lot recently.
ETC: What inspires you the most?
TVG: Beauty, music, nature, technique, ability, fantasizing/daydreaming, people that are smarter than me
ETC: Will we see Tony Van Groningen on the Collabo again? [in other words, would you be up for throwing down some more paint on another panel?!
TVG: I am definitely up for throwing down again the next time I am in the Bay Area...