Wednesday, 26 December 2007

HAPpy neW YEar!!!FELiz+++2008!!!

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Interview with James Zar

q) Introduce yourself please…

a)My name is James Zar and I was born in San Pedro, California in 1941. I am, and have been, a professional artist for over forty years.

q)How did you get into art?

a)After graduating from high school I was sponsored by a patron to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. As a child I always felt the need to draw my experiences, thus art was as necessary to me as breathing. My ability to draw the characters I was portraying was recognized by my directress who introduced me to the then famous artist Keith Finch.

q)Who has been the biggest influence on you?

a)Keith Finch became my mentor and was like my second father. He let me study for free with him. During that time I began to understand that we form our own reality by our desires and beliefs, that art is about what is possible not what is accepted by social or religious dogma, that art is the celebration of the limitless possibilities of a life inspired by love! By adventure!

q)Are you ruled by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow what comes in your mind?

a)My tendency in my work is always aimed at the explosive energy of our life source. At different times I am enchanted by different themes or ideas. Most often in my fantasy work, I am attracted to the enchanting beauty of life symbolized by the seduction of spirit, in other words by the enchanting female aspect of nature. The mystical erotic inner desire that lures opposites into passionate fusion; this is not pornography or titillation, but a sacred longing to realize the oneness of our pure being! The different ways that my paintings are formed always comes from ideas that leap out of nowhere as free children of God. I always trust these ideas with a child-like faith and endeavor to bring them into reality through my art. In my art, everything is sacred – everything is innocent.

q)Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a)My medium is oil paint on Masonite panel treated with three coats of Gesso and then sanded smooth. The surface quality I get with panel serves my need for clarity and detail without obstructive textures.

q)How much does your environment have an effect on your pictures?

a)The environment affects my work greatly. Having been born in a sea coast environment has perhaps fostered a mysterious aspect to my work. The ocean is a limitless and flowing song in my heart.

q)Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to certain types of music while working?

a)My studio space is always in the home where I’m living. My wife is a writer and we constantly visit and share our current projects with each other. I used to rent a separate studio but felt it dissected my time; I like being in one place living with my art.
I used to listen to music while I worked but the older I’ve gotten, the more I enjoy the lush silence of my painting which is a meditation to me. Hence I can listen to my inner ear to the sounds of colors and the tones that the forms I paint issue from.

q)Who are your favorite artists?

a)My favorite artists from the past were the Flemish masters. They demonstrated the most astounding techniques I’ve ever seen.
The drawings of Michelangelo are pure power! John Singer Sargent’s paintings were flowing beauty. Of course my own teacher Keith Finch was a master of illusions and abstract forms of a musical quality. Current American artists whom I admire are Howard Turpning, and David LeFfel. And I love the paintings and techniques that my son Chet (whom I call The Great Chet) creates – . Of course as great illustrators there is Frank Frazetta and Boris. As for sculptors I think Maurice Lowe is great. And my good friend Morris Smith is one of the greatest abstract painters I’ve ever seen. Since I love all kinds of art styles I could go on forever.

q)When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you personally, for your art, and for your business?

a)I’ve only recently started using the Internet with my site (which The Great Chet set up for me) and I’ve also got my blog and these two things have opened up my ability to share my work with people all over the world, and that thrills me. And the opportunity for more sales through new collectors and new galleries obviously increases.

q)What books are on your nightstand?

a)THREE MAGIC WORDS by U.S. Anderson, THE NATURE OF PERSONAL REALITY and SETH SPEAKS by Jane Roberts, KRISHNAMURIT’S NOTEBOOK by Krishnamurti, TO THE ACTOR, by Michael Chekov. Those are the books stacked on my nightstand but also, Alex Grey has written an important book for artists: THE MISSION OF ART. Oh, and another inspiring piece of work is THE SECRET

q)What’s playing on your stereo?

a)I love the music of my oldest son, Rick ( He's a wonderful musician.

q)Any interesting “rituals” before you start creating?

a)My art day goes like this: wake, meditate, walk with my wife, rest, workout with weights, breakfast, a short journal session while watching the ocean, the trees - in short I fill up with the outrageous abundance and beauty of the earth and then I sit down to work on my current painting. We live in a magical world if only we stop and become inwardly quiet and receive the spirit of “All There Is”.

q)What is your favorite color?

a)I always tend toward stark highlights of aqua blues and violets but against a background of deep browns and golds.

q)What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there one, or is it more about the environment – maybe the right mood?

a)I come to my work with the greatest energy and clarity in the morning hours.

q)What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?

a)At this time in my life my focus is mainly upon the seduction of the spirit of “All There Is” represented mostly by exquisite females caught in quiet reflection while posing in classic yoga/meditative poses. But I’m especially pleased with my latest painting which contains portraits of me and The Great Chet called WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

q)Your contacts…

a)The question of contacts in art is an ever shifting process. Right now I am in a show in Santa Monica California at Blink Digital presented through The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, California. And you can find a list of galleries I’ve been associated with on my web site.
In closing, I would like to say that, for me, the open ended adventure of the human spirit is best demonstrated in the realms of fantasy or dream art work. The reflection of the awareness of life lived at the highest level of love, joy and wonder is my purpose in all my work. To share this with everyone is my dream.
James Zar

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Merry Xmas!!!Happy Hanukah!!!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Interview with Jon Todd

q) Introduce yourself first please?

a)My name is Jon Todd. I am a low brow artist from Toronto, Canada. Over the years I have developed my own unique style influenced by Low Brow, Asian,Mexican and Tattoo art forms.In the past year my works of art have been shown in galleries and magazines across North America. Some of the cities include: Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Arizona, and New York City. My works have also sparked interest internationally.My goal as an artist is to push the boundaries of society's view of fine art,through a persons clothing on the street or a unique painting in a gallery.

q) How did you get into art?
a)I started painting at a young age and ended up attending Sheridan College for illustration and printmaking. As I was going through school I was inspired by the underground street art culture of the Low Brow movement.
q)Who has been the biggest influence on you?
a)I have been influenced by Low Brow and Pop Surrealist Artists like Jeff Soto,Shepard Fairy, Jeff Garcia, and the Clayton Brothers. Recently, Martin Wittfooth and Mark Ryden have inspired me to put symbolism into my work. Like them all, I wish to produce eye catching artworks that are thought provoking and interesting to interpret.
q) Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow what comes in your mind?When I am working on a new painting I usually start with a simple naive sketch,nothing too detailed. I don't like to be restricted to a solid rough drawing.When I can work free on the final board sometimes "Happy Mistakes "happen. These can be unexpected but can really improve the visual appeal of my paintings.
q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a) I prefer to use acrylic paint in my pieces because it drys fast and it can handle a good beating. I like to rough up my paintings by sometimes scraping them with a knife. Also I collage old papers and patterns into my works, so I am more of a mixed media artist then a traditional painter.
q) How much does your environment have an effect on your pictures?
a)I am always affected by my surrounding environments. I pick up inspiration formy works from dirty weather beaten walls, sun baked rusty trucks etc.. All of these colours and textures can be transfered to my fine art.

q) Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to certain types of music while working?
a)My Studio space in located in the basement of my house. The walls are covered with old antique frames, Mexican wrestler masks, drawings and paintings. I have traded and collected over the years. I prefer to listen to the beats of OmegaOne, Ratatat, and Tortoise, but I must alway listen to WeFunk Radio while working.

q) Who are your favorite artists?

a)My favorite artists are Egon Schiele, Martin Wittfooth, Jeff Soto,Mike Giant,Mark Ryden, Harvey Chan, Shepard Fairy, Chris Mars, Alex Gross, Clayton Brothers,Joe Sorren, Gary Basemen and Jeff Garcia.

q )When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?
a) I have been using the internet as a promotional tool for my personal website. The past year I have started using new web programs like Myspace, Facebook,and Youtube for advertisement purposes. All these programs help get your art and name out there.

q) What books are on your night stand?

a)I like to read the monthly issue of Juxtapoz Art Magazine.

q) What's playing on your stereo?

a)Most of the time I like to listen to bands like Radiohead, Protest the Hero,Wolfmother, Rise Against, and Alexis on Fire. But sometimes I like to mix it up with some classical, jazz, salsa and funk music.

q) Any interesting "rituals" before you start creating?

a)Always listen to We Funk radio while working .

q) What is your favourite colour?

a)My favorite colour is actually a Dirty Sun Baked Turquoise Green, which I use in a lot of my works.
q) What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is thereone, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?

a)The best time for me to work is late at night because most people are asleep and there are less distractions. Sometimes I will work12 hours straight on a painting when the mood is right.
q) What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?

a)Currently I am pumped to work on my new paintings for two major international shows in December 2008. The first is a solo show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles CA. The second show is a two person show with my good friend Martin Wittfooth at Windup Gallery in Mesa AZ. I am planning on producing a total of 50 works for both shows. I have also started designing custom limited edition hoodies and t-shirts for Elliptic Clothing.

q)Your contacts.

a)Artist: Jon Todd
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