We’re excited for our third art series exhibition! We’d like to invite you to our Chelsea showroom from 5-8pm Thursday, June 23, 2016. With artist, Jared Long.
Jared Long is an artist from Long Island, New York, specializing in mixed media arts, primarily working with acrylic, spray paint and ink.
Interview with Jared
F&S: What are you currently working on, or what are you currently obsessed with?
Jared: I’m currently working on a mural for a gourmet deli opening up in my town and two commissioned pieces.
F&S: Tell us a bit about the process of making your work
Jared: My process changes a bit with each project. If it’s a commissioned piece it’s all about making my style work with the subject the client is looking for. Most clients have a very strong idea they want me to visualize for them. My challenge is to keep true to their concept while creating a piece that is mine as well as theirs. When I’m creating pieces for a gallery or an event the process changes completely. I try to draw inspiration from my surroundings and everyday life. Sometimes I’m inspired by a certain song or image that I then interpret in my style, other times I’ll just draw in my sketchbook and see what comes out. I always try to capture the vibe of the space or event where my work will be, creating pieces that make sense for the clientele and the energy of the situation.
F&S: How do personal experiences and relationships influence your work?
Jared: Personal experiences and relationships never have a direct impact on the way I work. I am not an overly emotional person so I rarely create something because of the way I feel. Creating art is always a positive experience for me.
F&S: How do you keep your creative spark/What keeps you fascinated?
Jared: I like to try new techniques and work with/on a variety of mediums and surfaces, trying to always better myself and learn something new from each piece.
F&S: What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Jared: Figure out what direction you are trying to take your art and don’t stop until you reach your goal. Don’t let people tell you what your work should look like; the style that you work in is what is going to make you stand out from other artists. Don’t change it because of what someone else thinks.
F&S: Was there an artist you admired when you were young that inspired you to be an artist yourself?
Jared: Alphonse Mucha really opened up my eyes in terms of combining illustration and typography creating unique layouts. Because I studied both graphic design and illustration I often use page layout and other visual graphic techniques to help with the composition/flow of my artwork.