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Natasha Chomko aka POST WOOK

Contemporary Surrealism | 24 | Los Angeles, California

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We are honored to have, Natasha a.k.a @postwook, as our first Featured Artist since our little hiatus in posting, she is an incredible artist that creates some very cool and very unique pieces, her use of color is simply amazing, but don’t take our word for it, go to her wall and see for yourself and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to help support a fellow Artist of our community.


How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been making art since I can remember, and specifically making collage art since I was 12. I love being able to place different elements together and create a new image. I find inspiration all over the place, from a color palette to the way my cereal bowl looks to a view on a long drive — I really just never know where inspiration is going to come from.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
In addition to art, I work in digital marketing within the entertainment industry, specifically in alternative and reggae music. I used to work in politics and took a leap of faith by moving to LA to pursue a career in the music industry and then my art career took off. I am still heavily invested and passionate about the music industry, and have found a wonderful balance doing both. I think I got really lucky within the entertainment industry and happened to be in the right place at the right time — I heard that was essentially how everyone got to where they were and then I really experienced it and understood. I never thought I’d like working in reggae and alternative because I didn’t get my first taste in those genres, but I am very happy with it. I don’t know if I have a dream job, I’m pretty stoked to be where I am right now and am excited to see how the cards unfold from here.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
As far as art goes, I have a few favorites: Laura Hendricks (@Hav_House) is most definitely one of my favorite artists on instagram. Patricia Hunt (@Phcollage) and @Mr.Babies are also two of my favorite collage artists on instagram. Outside of collage, I really love visionary art like Alex and Allyson Grey, Android Jones, and Chris Dyer. Allyson Grey really might be my all time favorite out of those — I am passionate about texture in paint and I can tell she is, too.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
I’ve had a few accomplishments I could touch on that I’d consider noteworthy, but the biggest accomplishment in my life to date was definitely getting sober at the age of 21. Sobriety has changed my life in so many ways and I don’t think any other noteworthy accomplishments would have happened without it — getting sober helped me conquer the fear in my life that let me leave a career I disliked, encouraged me to tap into my inner artist, take a leap of faith and move to LA and work in entertainment, look people in the eye, set boundaries, make and maintain quality friendships, and so much more.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Hopefully in 5 years. I will be happy, joyous and free somewhere, doing something. I try not to think about the future too much because I never know what’s going to come next. If I gave you this answer 5 years ago it would be so inaccurate of what my life looks like today. I truly don’t know. All I can hope for is happiness and freedom. The rest— the external — will take care of itself.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Probably the rapper Drake. He’s my favorite.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I license my art on ArtGrab, an art licensing company that bridges the gap between independent musicians and artists to provide affordable cover art. It’s a really awesome concept, the team is even better, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I really want go to Hong Kong and spend some time there. I’m a big fan of art and culture as well as politics and history, and I feel like Hong Kong has all of that.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
I have a few: first, love photoshop for giving me all the tools I need to make digital art. I truly think Adobe created the innovations of the century with their products and cannot imagine society without them today. Second, I am planning on doing some POST WOOK LIVE painting sessions in Summer 2019 and found this really amazing UV paint company called ArtNGlow. I’m really excited to bring my work to life with their paint as well.

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Any advice for young artists?
To the younger artists — be yourself, create art YOU like, and don’t ever work for free. If someone has millions of followers they can afford to pay you and “clout” isn’t sustainable. Foster relationships with people who help you invest in yourself and your vision and who you want to encourage and build with. All of our brains are relatively the same and people aren’t thinking about others too much, so don’t get caught up thinking people are copying you. Even if they are, don’t pay attention to it. Create for yourself and don’t get caught up in numbers. Some of the best artists who hang in the best galleries have a small fraction of the followers of people on Instagram but sell their art for quite literally 100 times more money. Figure out what your priorities and goals are and work towards them.

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