Creating inspired and original art in a BIG way, Austinite and beloved Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade graced us with a custom Diana clone during DWT Austin! We’re excited to share this quirky Q&A, and all of us here at the store have a special message to relay…follow us after the jump!
Mt. Bonnell, Austin, Texas
Bob Wade resides and was born in Austin, Texas in 1943. He received a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. As a university art professor Bob was also a recipient of three NEA grants and included in biennials in Paris, France; New Orleans, LA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Collections include, Chase Manhattan Bank, AT & T, The Menil Collection, and the Austin Museum of Art.
How are you!?
Almost 70 & feeling great.
What was your favorite part of the Diana World Tour in Austin?
Zapping on the idea for my piece.
If you only had one day/night in Austin, how would you spend your time?
Go on the Daddy-o Tour!
What elements of Austin (or Texas in general) inspire your work?
All things quirky & indigenous.
What is the most exciting thing that you are working on right now?
Funky Taco Bus at El Arroyo.
You seem to have a busy schedule! What’s your best advice to handling multiple projects and staying creative?
Be married to a smart and creative spouse.
Of all the mediums that you work in, which are you most interested in right now? What kinds of materials are you drawn to?
Each project will dictate the materials & process.
What’s the best place to find the cool materials you use on your creations?
My backyard, storage unit , and junk yards.
Any particular influences that helped define/inspire your aesthetic?
My El Paso childhood, Berkeley, and Texana.
What’s the oddest, or most difficult, request you’ve ever gotten from a client?
“Can you make a frog out of a volkswagen?”
Talk about analogue… how does it feel to not have an e-mail address!?
I have people who do that for me (see answer to question 6), I’m a phone person, and I have enough trouble getting things done in the everyday so it would overwhelm my time.
All of us here at Lomography Austin would like to wish Bob Wade a very happy birthday!! Thank you for being you, Bob!
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