Here at The People's Printshop we're truly honored to be releasing our first print with acclaimed artist Jason Limon. We sat down with him to ask him a few questions about art and life. Take a look below:
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in San Antonio, Texas and that is where I currently remain.
What are your first artistic memories?
I believe it would have been something my older brother Steve may have been working on when I was about five years old. He was the one always drawing things around his poetry. That would have led me to drawing my own things.
Has your style evolved from graphic design to now?
Yes, quite a bit. I did graphic design for a good while to support my family, but I had always felt it was really restrictive and rigid on the creative end. I had, for a long time, tried to lose that feeling so that I can become looser with my art. I still feel a bit of that rigidity, but have found ways to make it more interesting for me by adding lots of details.
Could you tell us a bit about this week's release with us, "Prowess?"
The idea behind that is a recurring theme. It is about being a gentle person and having to put on a fierce face when you go out into the world. I grew up with feeling I was weak but later realized that it wasn’t weakness that defined me, but kindness. Still, being a part of everyday life requires lots of strength and that is what is being portrayed in this piece.
What is a normal day like in the studio for you?
I try to keep the schedule of most working people; I get started early with painting. I am typically working on larger paintings to meet gallery show deadlines, while in the background working on smaller pieces to make available to my collectors as well as thinking of ideas for merch. I am constantly scribbling ideas for future paintings on the side while I am painting. Those things will get fleshed out when it comes to starting up a new painting. I designate one day a week to fulfill any orders, typically prints. I end my day painting at about 6pm then hang with my family for the evening. I will also often head back into the studio later at night to do a bit of painting when everyone else is sleeping.
What is the hardest part of creating a work?
My mind wanders a lot in terms of wanting to explore styles and subjects so I think the hardest part is trying to be consistent and being sure everything I create falls in line with everything else I’ve done. I intentionally set up days to consider my direction with art. I sit in the studio reviewing my art and think about the elements I’ve enjoyed using versus those that I don’t and I make sure to correct and add new things as I go forward.
And what is the most rewarding part?
I try my best to put out stuff that I like and the most rewarding times are those when other people relate to what I am saying. I will often get comments about how my art has made someone feel or affected them in some sort of way. It feels strange to me at first that I could affect anyone with art, but overall it does feel good knowing that it means something to others.
When you're not working in the studio, what are you up to?
Lately I am building. We moved into our home six years ago and ever since I have been constructing. I built the studio I work in, I’ve improved the house throughout and have made a few furniture pieces. It is something I have grown to enjoy with time and have expanded my tools to continue constructing.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I am consistently doing my best to expand my world as an artist. I intend to paint bigger as I move forward, as well as translate some of these images into dimensional form. I love painting and it is something I see doing for the rest of my time.
"Prowess" will be available Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 1PM Pacific in our shop.