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Artist Decoded by Yoshino

"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art." - Yoshino
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Sep 8, 2015

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression.  Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it's core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application.  Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books.  After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator.  After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils.  Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.

In this episode we discuss...

  • His love for authors such as J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac.
  • The pros and cons of traditional art schools vs. atelier's
  • Being patient while developing as an artist and creating your own reality
  • The importance of fleshing out imperfect ideas and the power of ignorance.

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Sep 3, 2015

Casey Baugh is a New York based painter.

His work can be described as narrative impressionistic realism.  Specializing in oil paint and charcoal, he began painting at the age of 13 and began selling professionally at age 17.  When he was only 21 years old, Baugh began showing in galleries and after four years of studying with artist Richard Schmid, he had his first solo show at age 25.  He has made several television appearances and has been featured on the covers of many publications, including The Artist's Magazine, American Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector.

Baugh's art has evolved over time to become more narrative.  Though still maintaining figures as his prime subject matter, he is telling more stories, and his series and exhibits are becoming more thematic.  On a constant quest to push new boundaries, he is persistent in experimenting with his inspirations and artistic translations, pursuing more complicated compositions and achieving grander shows.  Experience with electrical engineering as well as video and movie-making has attributed greatly in his use of props, set building, lighting, and translates to the overall harmony of his visual layouts.

In this episode we talk about...

  • His relationship with his mentor, realist artist, Richard Schmid and how that relationship has impacted his career.
  • Thinking outside the box and not sticking to traditional educational formulas.
  • Being fearless and freely exploring uncharted territories.
  • The importance of coming up with tangible ideas before you put a paintbrush to a canvas.
  • Balancing artistic freedom and financial stability.
  • Working with what you have even if you don't have the right tools.

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