Head Heart Hand | Schoph x Danny Larsen

A delve into the new exhibition from Schoph and Danny Larsen

Art, like many things, is subjective but there is a definite consensus that the works of Schoph and Danny Larsen are notably special. As well as collectively having more hair than the Hanson Brothers circa 1997, no mean feat in itself, the two riders turned artists have launched their first international co-headline collaboration in Oslo, running until 22nd June. After meeting on the international snowboarding scene, they bonded over a shared love of heavy metal and have forged close personal, and working relationships. Together these powerhouses have spawned some of the raddest collaborations in the game, including their Artist’s Editions from Lobster.

Despite their differing styles- vibrant and explosive stained glass meets dark and atmospheric penmanship, they draw upon similar influences to create work thats comparable in creativity and proficiency. For those who say that snowboarding isn’t intrinsically connected with art, we would disagree. Now, more than ever the two spheres are colliding and events like the Tidal Art Show are gaining in popularity and producing incredible works of art.

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
John Ruskin, 1859

We sent a few questions over to Schoph to get the skinny.

WL: Snowboarding was a very big part of your life for a long time, have you left it completely in favour of your art?

Schoph: It was and still is, even though at one point of my life it was everything. I feel to progress in anything, you have to challenge what you’re doing and, in my eyes, everything’s about timing. I got to a point with my art that I felt it was time to go balls to the wall and fully commit regardless of where or what would happen. The two go hand in hand. I’m fortunate to be working as an artist with brands and athletes I built relationships over 20 yrs ago: Lib tech, Volcom, Vans and Dragon. And that opportunity lets me do the two things I love.

WL: The two of you are co-headlining a new exhibition but as far as we understand it you guys met through snowboarding?

Schoph: We were just on the same page about a lot of things from day one, the transition from snowboarding to working as an artist for a living and what comes along with that. He’s a top lad and I class Danny and his family as some of my closest mates.

WL: Your art has been called controversial/dark, what do you think about that, do you agree?

Schoph: I make my work for me and what I want to see, regardless of what people think or if I think the work will sell. I feel that’s very important so you’re not overthinking your work, to just get involved with what you’re doing. Life’s about balance: to have light and dark. Some folk think a skull is about death, others think we all have one. I try to take those aspects away with use of colour, but at the end of the day people think what they want to and interpret how they want. An artwork should be a conversation starter -maybe pull an emotion – maybe not. While that’s happening I’ll be painting a new piece.

We’re excited to see where these legends in the game take their work next, both geographically and creatively.  For more information on the exhibition visit the Red House Gallery website.

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