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Interview: James Tran

Artist. Art student. Tattooist. James Tran’s paintings and tattoos are fantastic work. Check out our interview when you click the link.

"Born in Colorado, raised in Los Angeles, living in San Diego. Parts are from Vietnam, but assembled in America. Multi medium artist with a focus in figurative oil painting. Currently finishing my B.A. Fine Arts at San Diego State University, should have graduated a few semesters ago, but man, that studio space is super nice. I apparently have a steady enough hand to be a full time tattooer at Full Circle Tattoo also!”

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Caroline
Archival pigment print, 11”x17”
2013

Caught
Ink and colored pencil on board, 8”x10”
2012

Or squeeze too tight.
Archival pigment print, 13”x19”
2012

Descent to the Netherworld
Acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas, 4.5ftx12ft
2013

Website: laurenwessel.com

Work in progress/process blog: laurenwesselart.tumblr.com

Interview: John Lee

John Lee is a Memphis-based artist and art professor. I was impressed by his various but equally impressive illustrations. His answers to our questions are something worth reading. Check out the rest of his work on his website and read the interview after the jump.

"John Lee is a backflipping, southern-raised illustrator living in Memphis, TN. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an instructor at the Memphis College of Art."

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Interview: Isabella Rotman

I sat down and got the opportunity to chat with Isabella Rotman today. Her sense of humor and good nature made our conversation very enjoyable. Click the link to read the full interview.

"Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and printmaker from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. If any of the above categories interest you please visit ThisMightHurt.Tumblr.com. Isabella’s Comic’s are self published and available at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities, and by e-mail request.”

Photo credit: Bronte Price

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Interview: Lauren Napolitano

I was extremely drawn to Lauren Napolitano’s intricate patterning. Her work is visually appealing and she gives a great interview. Read our conversation and take a gander at her work.

“At age 17, I lost every possession I had accumulated in my short life span; ever since I have been a collector. My mission is to document and observe the world around me as if I have never seen it before. I take notes. Collect things I find during my travels. Document my findings. Notice patterns, Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record and follow what I am drawn to. It brings me immense joy to create space for what has been left behind. To preserve the history of others.”

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Interview: Nina Palomba

You can see Nina’s personality shine based on her honest and personal answers to my questions in this interview. She delivers great insight and inspirations about art.

“I am an illustrator of sorts from the wild west. My illustrated world, inspired by classic cartoons, is consumed by mainly black and white imagery. Everything I create is off the top of my head, never sketched out. Whether that be a toy, an illustration, comic or installation. Depending on what I am trying to achieve in a new piece, the material I use to complete my vision will change completely. To constrain any idea to a specific medium is very limiting, not all ideas can be developed as just a drawing or painting. I like pushing how far I can take a single idea to see what crazy things will come of it and where the final product will take me with future projects. “

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Interview: Adrian Wong

After I interviewed Miyamura, I got the chance to interview Adrian Wong. I reblogged his work before, it’s pretty awesome. He was pleasant to interview and he’s also about to graduate from SAIC as well. Take a look at his website and his work. Oh, and our full conversation after the link.

“I am an artist currently based in Chicago, born and raised in the Bay, California. My paintings are introspective explorations that involve a reminiscence of my repressed yet nostalgic past. I decontextualize these experiences and memories in an, ultimately, rationalized and detached mentality in order to convey these events in a way that is not of emotional attachment, but of interest and understanding. This approach to art making—that is, this inspection of my self and the paint on a surface—is to create work that may communicate both to the viewers’ visual experiences as well as their sentiments.”

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Interview: Lauren Wessel

Hello. I had the pleasure to meet and interview Lauren Wessel and talk to her. Hit the jump to read the interview. 

"Lauren Wessel is an artist from Louisville, Kentucky. She recently returned from studying abroad in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, at the Burren College of Art. She is in the process of getting her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."

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Interview: Amara Leipzig

Amara Leipzig’s awesome. Leipzig’s a young, hard working artist about to graduate from SAIC. Leipzig was a delight to talk to and meet. Check out our full conversation after the jump.

"I am a Chicago-based cartoonist, printmaker and bookbinder from Los Angeles, CA. My mind sees each idea that I wish to explore through a story I might tell and so no matter the project, some kind of narrative is always present. Drawing from personal experience, interaction with others, and my fascination for physics and scientific representation, my characters navigate through worlds filled with ruins, mysterious pools, emanating rays, and barren landscapes. You can find more of my work at amaraleipzig.tumblr.com.” 

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