Demitrius Omphroy: A Quick Chat

Demitrius Omphroy

By Eleanor Klein. Demitrius Omphroy: A Quick Chat – Today we had the opportunity to chat with Demitruis Omphroy. A Soccer Star turned Contemporary Artist.

What is your favorite place on earth? 

My favorite place on earth is where I am now, New York City! It’s the perfect blend of hustle and bustle, and constantly feeling creatively inspired wherever I go each day. I haven’t spent enough time in other cities that aren’t my hometown, to say they are my favorite places just yet. However, I do love Europe. The next step for me is to move to Paris, London, or Madrid.

Plain or Pattern? 

I’m more of a “plain” person – or I guess a “solid” person. I like simple and minimal. A simplified look to me has much more purpose and intent to the content, whereas pattern comes off to me more as being louder. I don’t
always love being yelled at.

Acrylic Paint or Watercolor? 

I really love acrylic paint, it’s what I paint with currently. Because of the scale of the pieces that I paint, I enjoy using acrylic. It allows me to be a little messier. I enjoy the freedom that acrylic provides with my brushwork,
whereas with watercolor, I feel like I need to be a lot more precise without much room for error.

Soccer or Art?  

Soccer or art, currently? I don’t play as much soccer as I’d like to, so I’d say art! Soccer was and still is, a huge part of my life, but I don’t feel the need to get out and kick the ball as much as I did when I was younger. Art for me
allows me to express, all times of the day, anywhere I want to express in the world. Art was with me even before soccer, but if I’ve gotta choose NOW, I’m going with art! Soccer will always be in my heart though.

What art equipment can you not live without? 

My Sketchbook, a pencil, and brushes. I’ve also really become accustomed to using black and white acrylic paints. I’m okay doing without everything else. I can paint on anything, clothing, canvas, paper – so I just need my
essentials to express! I like to think that at any point, I could put what I need in a backpack and travel somewhere– those are all the things I would need.

What is on your music playlist right now?

Oh wow, such a range of music. I have everything from Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, to Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong. Then swinging over to a completely different genre – I have Pop Smoke, Dominic Fike, to Frank Ocean and James Arthur. It all really just depends on how I’m feeling in the moment. I have a tendency to make a playlist though and just listen to it over and over for like a week – so this list is constantly changing. I’m currently going through an oldies phase.

Favorite book?

My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Cuelho. My dad gave it to my back in 2008 and I finally read it for the first-time last year, 2019. It was such a moving story – I’m a big dreamer. I feel like the book really played into what I need to remind myself of: It’s about the journey not the destination. I have a tendency to always think about the end goal and move past the lessons learned along the way. For me it’s a reminder to value everything that is happening now. This is what is responsible for the me I am going to become – I just need to pay attention to it.

Favorite Movie?

This is such a tough one, how can I just choose one movie!? If you know me, then you know I love Midnight in Paris. I have watched it dozens of times. Again, a story about a dreamer that wants to give up everything and start
somewhere new. I always think about how cool that would be to just drop everything and move to Paris. Obviously with the current state of the world with the pandemic, that isn’t the easiest to do right now. But that would be a
dream and definitely hope to do that in my future! As far as an animated film though, Shrek! I can probably recitethe first half of that movie word for word.

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