Jonathan Gold, an amazing illustration artist from Aspen and part of the Grimey Gatsby family, recently had a few minutes to sit down for a little interview with Hunt about what’s new.
When did you start in the art world?
-I have always been a doodler. Drawing has been part of my life since I can remember. My mother used to teach an art class when I was a kid so I can blame her partly for that. I always used to draw on the edge of my notebook in school which actually helped me focus on listening to the teacher. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school when I was selected to be part of “Senior Studio” that I thought maybe I had something going. The style that I have now really evolved and developed my Junior year of College in a painting class. The professor gave us a lot of freedom and let me draw while most of the other students painted. My professor, Alvin Gregorio, is also a working artists and was a huge influence in my art. When I moved back home to Aspen, Colorado people started noticing my work and wanting to show it and buy it.
What are your favorite mediums to work with?
– I am a huge fan of the pen and ink. I classify my art as black ink illustration with acrylic wash on paper. I mostly draw on my favorite paper of all time, Rives BFK paper which is made in France and has an amazing consistency to it. I also love going on the hunt for antique frames at thrift shops and in my Grandmother’s attic.
Where can we see your art?
-I have a show going on right now at the Meadowlark Bar which is located in Denver on 2701 Larimer Street. It will be up through the month of August, 2013. New work will also be featured in the Roaring Fork Open at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado which is located on 520 North Mill Street. This exhibition is on October 4th through October 27th, 2013. The opening reception is on October 3rd from 6-8 p.m. You can also view my art on my blog – Button Up Comics
What inspiration do you use for your art?
-Pulp horror, punk rock, comic books, old book illustrations, and the population of human beings in the world we live in are my major inspirations. I love going out into the public and seeing people interact with their surroundings, the lifestyles they lead, and the vices they participate in. Drawing, painting, and printmaking have become a way for me to capture what I witness day to day and year by year. For each vice that people participate in, there are countless personalities to accompany them, which I attempt to recreate through the concreteness of ink and paint.
Where have you shown this year so far?
-Besides the Meadowlark and the Aspen Art Museum my major showing was at the Gonzo Museum
located in Aspen. I was blessed to show my work beside some of my favorite artists including Ralph Steadman and Thomas Benton. I had a solo exhibition there which included 68 original and framed pieces. After the initial exhibition in October of 2012 I continued to show there all the way up until their unfortunate closing in April of 2013.
Favorite food on the road?
-Gardettos, Gatorade, and Gummy worms
Most grimey story I care to tell…
-My friends and I were robbed by crack heads when we were sixteen in South Beach, Miami. We were trying to buy some weed and it totally backfired. They ended up jumping in our rental car that my friends mom had rented and made us empty our wallets and started grabbing anything they could find that was lying around the car which included my precious Walkman. They demanded that we drive to the nearest ATM so we could pull out more money for them and they started smoking crack in the car. Somehow we convinced them that we would drop them off and come back later but we just gunned it after we got them out of the car. I have never been so scared in my life.
What music do you listen to?
-I listen to all kinds of music. The only music I don’t ever listen to is electronic music. I love old blues, old jazz, punk rock, thrash metal, rockabilly, folk, old country, and everything in between.
What can we expect from you this fall/winter?
-This fall I will be showing at the Aspen Art Museum in October. As for the winter goes, I will just be creating more work and skiing lots of powder.
Are you GGFam?
-I am GGFam all the way! A big thank you to Hunt for the interest in my work!
You can contact Jonathan if you would like to host a show, purchase a piece, or speak about a commissioned illustration at his email firstname.lastname@example.org.