Angie Jones is a contemporary American artist residing in Los Angeles at the largest art colony in the world – The Brewery Arts Complex. For many years Angie worked as an animator in the motion picture industry. Feeling the need to explore traditional mediums Angie began a new direction and artistic career in 2007 and has not looked back since! Spending a few years experimenting with style and methods Angie brought her knowledge and experience of animation together with her learnings of the masters. Mixing new and old techniques to produce bold, striking work that is exciting, impactful and very impressive. Angie is exhibiting nationwide and has also delved into merchandise with her highly received Vanitas which incorporate oil paintings on skateboards. Thank you Angie for sharing your work with us.
Self taught or art school?
Short answer: Lots of art school.
Long answer: I believe in mastering a craft and art school pushes you outside of your comfort zone. But, school is what you make it. It’s up to you to do the work. My undergrad work at Atlanta College of Art was focused on electronic arts and digital animation. That got me my first gig working as a professional animator. I learned most everything I know about digital art making on the job working in animation, or on my own. Working in the motion picture industry for 20 years was the best possible opportunity to learn every nuance of creating a solid image. In 2007, I studied classical painting and drawing at the Kline Academy and LA Figurative Art Academy. Currently, I am finishing my MFA in painting at Laguna College of Art.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
This is a difficult question and would probably change often. I really love Francis Bacon. My cat is named “Bacon,” after him. At the moment, the Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pop Innocent or The Three Studies of Lucian Freud would top that list. Kupka’s the “Yellow Scale” is a close second.
How would you describe your style?
Neo Geo Expressionism.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
The Geffen Contemporary, The Hammer Museum, Martha Otero, LACMA, Merry Karnowsky, Ace Gallery, Michael Kohn, Skidmore Contemporary, Honor Fraser, Corey Helford, LA Louver, C.A.V.E., Subliminal Projects, Mark Moore… seriously, Los Angeles offers such a diverse art scene, it’s more like what places have I NOT gone to see art.
Viewing work in person is completely different than seeing a work online. Scale can be a big factor, and so can technique. For my own work, the viewer’s perception is created in the same way as an impressionist work. The closer you are to my works, the more abstract they become. The further away you stand from the work, the image reorganizes. The image possesses a specific reality between the object and the viewer. I adore going to any museum, gallery or show to see art in person.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I studied with Aaron Smith and Kent Williams in grad school and they continue to inspire me both from content and technique aspects. As far as a list of favorite artists, that would change every day. There is so much great work out there. Artists that come to mind are Buckminster Fuller, Nam June Paik, Franz Kupka, Antony Micallef, Peter Halley, Francis Bacon, Pablo Valbuena, Earl Kerkam, Van Gogh, Nicolas Grenier (especially his portraits), Quayola, Allison Schulnik, Philip Guston, Andrew Salgado, Connor Harrington, Kazimir Malevich, Carnovsky, and Cecily Brown. These are the folks that I suppose have influenced the direction of my work over the past year and a half.
What or who inspires your art?
Everything! Conversation, DTLA, Music, Media, Nature, Humanity, Life!
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My studio is located at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles. The Complex is the largest art colony in the world with over 300 artists in residence. Exposure to so many artists concentrated in one area allows me to have an outside opinion of my work any time of the day. Artists walk the halls of my building and we share ideas on a regular basis. I live in my loft, so I have to keep the studio fairly clean, but there are days when it’s a hot mess of paint and 3D printouts, books and the like strewn all over the floor. I have 15 foot north facing windows that help with light and my cat Bacon sits in his bed, ever the critic.
Do you have any studio rituals?
I don’t paint until noon. I need coffee. I read and respond to emails, surf the web, look at all of the links that came into my box and drink my coffee for a couple hours before I ever paint. My brain needs this time to ramp up. By noon I am standing with brush in hand. Music is another big thing. Once I have my spotify playlist going, it’s like a Pavlovian reaction and I know its time to paint.
What are you working on currently?
Representational portraiture is not the only focus for my work these days. I have new narratives exploring our role within a culture bombarded by flickering screens, technology and commercialism. Concepts associated with the history of art, technology and science fuse. The introduction of animal heads in place of the human face unite the inner beast with the sophistication of human body language, costume and gesture. I am also expanding the narratives to include more space and architecture. These ideas combined with symbolic space tell the stories. Introduction of more painterly strokes juxtaposed with the geometric shapes are helping me express the chaotic nature of it all. I am very excited about this new direction.
Where can we buy your art?
Collectors can always drop an email at www.stixandjones.com and if you are in the Los Angeles area, a studio visit can be set up.
What are your ambitions?
To stay happy creating and enjoy life. Expand my current work into other media using more of my film and animation background with 3D printing, projections and moving images.
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