Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Artist Interview: Paul Pena

What is your name: Paul Pena

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: Self taught (More like self plagiarized. I borrowed the heck out of my influences)

What is the style of your pieces: A mixture of sorts really, but mainly pop & abstract.
What is the medium in which you work: Acrylics and mixed mediums

What started you on your path as an artist: Charles "Sparky" Schulz

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Enjoyment and refuge

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Impressionism hands down

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I took the 'plunge' in the Summer of 2010 and have been lucky enough to be in a few small group shows. The atmosphere of the shows have varied greatly: one ranging from live music, a dj spinning, live body art, and dancing. While the others were more subdued: opening reception, artist introduction, etc.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: Usually a t-shirt, shorts, and pair of old Nikes
What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?
Being haunted by ideas, but not having the money or time to produce those ideas

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Good ol' ham & cheese

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Fell upon mixed mediums and it has helped me work on and understand depth and subsequently texture.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Roy Lichtenstein (painted his Drowning Girl as a mural in my first garage)
What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: Van Gogh's Woods and Undergrowth. Had me frozen in my tracks.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work:  We have a Jack Russell named Winston Churchill (after my fave world leader). He usually sleeps next to the easel while I am messing around with the art stuff.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us:
 Currently showing in a group exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. Just opened Saturday matter-of-fact and will run a month.   

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