“This is the section of my studio that I paint in.

To tell you the truth, I wish the space was bigger because I like things to breathe for a bit and then to finish them later. There are larger walls, but I chose this one because

the light is perfect all day long.”

“This is from the CANDY SERIES. LOVE ME started as ‘I LOVE ME,’ then it transitioned into ‘EVERYBODY LOVE ME.’

Some people say it’s obsessive,
others see it more as a mantra. I think it may be a bit of both.”

“The numbers represent racing.

MARK GONZALES is a dear friend,  AND WE CREATED CITY RACERS — which are sort of a hybrid between a skateboard and a box car racer — for a show we had in Kansas City.

Part of the show was a performance; we actually raced on the street.”

“The crosses are not supposed to be religious in any way,
I just tried experimenting with oil painting for a bit.”

“Joseph Beuys is an amazing artist whom I
really, really look up to.”

“THE GRIM REAPER to the right is supposed to have a sad face. His eyebrows are furrowed because he’s worried, either about not having enough to do or about growing bored.”

I eat a ridiculous amount of croissants,
so I wanted to do all the ingredients in one as an art piece. I completed the
Domino Sugar and the Morton Salt, and then I kind of put that
project off for a bit.”

I’ve been obsessed with the smiley face bags for years.
I’m in the midst of making Love Me versions that I’m going to give to bodegas around town.”

“I have a mixed relationship with neon. I’m drawn to it, but it can be very overpowering.”

“The skateboard is made out of the back of my assistant’s chair.
amazing, always happy, and born on Valentine’s Day, which is so fitting.

“My friend gave me the jumpsuit that I wear when I paint.
It’s a collaboration by DICKIES and the Japanese brand

I’d wear Bedwin more, but it’s cut for Japanese people;
their XXXLs ARE SMALL on me.
This is the one thing that actually fits.”


Photography by BRAMBLE TRIONFO

As told to Anthony Rotunno

Curtis Kulig is an artist based in New York City.

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