Artist Proof Interview with Artist: 2H Joseph McSween
Global Location: US
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start?
JM: Well I’m 27 and I’ve been making art as long as I can remember. Both of my parents were artsy so i guess it runs in the blood that way. My art hasn’t always been the same of course, I studied all different kinds of styles. So now Its kind of a mash-up of a lot of different techniques and style I’ve learned over time.
AP: Where do you currently live and work ? And how does this influence your work?
JM: I live in Seattle. It usually influences me poorly, I usually just end up partying drinking all winter with friends. It’s really dark here and I need sun to feel productive. So I try and play catch up during the summer, or I just go to the beach and lay around with some bikini bunnies ha ha.
AP: Did you have formal training if so what? If your self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training?
JM: I taught myself, I wouldn’t be able to compare what I prefer between the two because I haven’t had any formal training.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work?
JM: I mostly work from a home studio. I also have a french easel so I take that around and paint at my girls place etc. I also like to work outside doing murals,tagging inside random buildings, doing installations. I’d like to go paint some trains again soon
AP: What are some of you favorite design projects/exhibitions you have worked on to date?
JM: Painting in Hawaii for 2 weeks was really fun. Also painting live with Public Enemy and Redman in L.A. was pretty epic.
AP: What is your medium of choice?
JM: I like acrylics,spray paint,Oils,pen & ink, pencil, wheat-paste, I guess I like most mediums and try to explore. I really would like to get into tattooing soon.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
JM: I use various technique’s I’ve learned in order to achieve certain looks and feeling in my work.
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years?
JM: I would like to see my work progress to a new level. I’ve been doing mostly commissions lately for private collectors. This hasn’t left a scheduled without lot of time for personal experimentation in my work. So I hope to be able to explore more soon and raise my art up a few more notches in the art world.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011?
JM: I have 2 shows this month, one at Flat Color gallery in Seattle and one at Together Gallery in Portland put on in collaboration with ThinkSpace Gallery in L.A. I also just signed on with a new gallery opening in April in San Francisco called Artifact. So I’m really excited about the people I’ll be working without there, quite an experienced background in art and business so that should be a good partnership. Were going to be working on shows, clothing , and new ltd. prints coming up so stay tuned for big things. I’m also starting my own print line out of my studio, working on album art, the list goes on and on, basically just trying to expand as always and do more projects than I have time for yada yada yada.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
get in the technology loop, check emails and all that other crap we have to do to survive now
draw or paint
hang out with my girl and go out with friends to a dive bar and cut the edge off
wake up and do it all over again.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.