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Jon Henry Justice


I will use any medium that can properly portray the story I want to tell. To me art is all about telling stories. In my paintings I generally use acrylics, inks, oil pastel. I will even use watercolor, or markers. I break the rules most of the time, doing layers out of order, and things like that. Recently I have tried to get simple, and only use black and white. I usually gravitate towards paint and mediums of that nature because I can really feel how it will go down on the surface I am working on.

When making a composition I usually have a vague idea of the elements I want. Most of my pieces of art highlight characters, but the setting still needs to make sense around them. In the past I would think of a word like "building" or "bicycle" and build a piece around experiences, or ideas I have with those things. Recently though, that technique has seemed a bit shallow for me, and I have really been trying to dig deeper into myself. This digging deeper has really slowed me down and made me rethink a lot of my art. I see this as a good thing though, because this can only make my art better.

I would say that when I first started painting, artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele were two of my biggest inspiration. Then later on I discover more eastern artists. Artists like Hokusai, Takashi Murakami, Aya Takano, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yue Minjun really stand out to me. I never got super into Western painting. I find that a lot of Western paintings lack the qualities that Eastern paintings have. Many Eastern painters paint the joints and muscles of the body completely differently, and I'm drawn to how they are portrayed much more. I also find now that a lot of Western art now is caught in a sort of limbo state where it's drawing a lot of inspiration from Eastern art, and to me just looks like a cheap knock off of the real thing. I draw inspiration, but I also try to change, and adapt it to what I like. I think that in order for Western art to progress it will need to do the same thing.




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