Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Jared Konopitski
by Bree Garcia
Artist Bio: I am an artist living and working in Sacramento, California. I work in many mediums, however, primarily with acrylic paintings. My work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums across the US and Internationally including; The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA. I have had my work featured in Color Ink Book (2013), Papercut Magazine (2013), Arcana’s Steampunk Originals (2013), Heavy Metal Magazine (2012), Catapult Magazine (2012), DisColouring Book (2012), Penumbra eZine (2012), Juxtapoz (2011), And Wow!cool! Psycho Nurse Calendar (2011). I have also worked for clients such as Universal Studios, The Art O Mat, and TurningArt. In addition, I have curated numerous gallery shows and corporate art seminars. In my spare time I enjoy facilitating art workshops, with focus on early art education.
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
JK: I am inspired by all things beautifully weird, such as monsters, the bugs living under the rocks, creatures in jars, ghosts, all the nooks and crannies of nature. But I am also inspired by comics, cartoons, noise music and neon anything. So I try to paint the way these things make me feel. Sometimes it comes out fun, sometimes scary, sometimes cute, and sometimes ugly. But I love it all. I prefer painting with acrylics on wood. And after the acrylics are laid down, I love to go over everything with black Ink. The black ink brings out the detail and gives the whole painting a better sense of flow.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
JK: I believe I must share this talent with others. Show those in this town and beyond that art can be fun. That it doesn’t have to be perfect and it can be a gateway to all kinds of adventures. I want to show people that art is accessible to anyone and can be used to solve more problems than most folks realize.
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists or those pursuing a career in the arts?
JK: Practice, practice, practice. Never stop creating. Try to figure out how the artists you admire paint, then put your own spin to it. Do not be afraid of rejection. Rejection will happen. Show your art everywhere you can. Amazing opportunities will arise with passion, persistence, positivity and a good work ethic. And above it all, have fun and love what you do!
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
JK: Jill Allyn Stafford, because of her collages with great meaning and composition, and she has a heart of compassion for others and she is ALWAYS giving back. Corey Bernardt, Stephen Williams, Shaun Burner, Waylon Horner, Andy Steele, Jared Tharp and everyone at the Sol Collective Colab for making some high quality work. John Stuart Berger, Skinner, Cinder, Shane Grammer for being early inspirations. Gary Pruner, for teaching me color. And anyone in Sacramento that keeps creating, that keeps the weirdness alive, and has inspired me during this crazy art ride. Waaaaay to many to list, but they all mean a ton to me!
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
JK: I enjoy visiting the Crocker Art Museum. They have had amazing shows filled with modern day masters to art legends. I learn a lot from their exhibits and really love what they are bringing to the Sacramento area. And also, I love looking at the back issues of all of our comic book shops in town. There is a whole history of art sub culture in there that just makes me happy.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
JK: Check out the galleries and such off the beaten path. There are many amazing things happening at Exhibit S, The Temp, Dragatomi, Verge, Empire Comics and more. Go to these places, meet the people and see what is happening creatively in our city.
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