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Skinner

  • POW Chats: a Conversation with Skinner

    Skinner is a world-renowned, self-taught artist hailing from Northern, Ca serving up intricate and involved paintings inspired by horror, comics and the generally strange. We chat with the ultra chill creative about inspirations, finding his way and what's making him happy these days.

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    1. Hey Skinner. As a self-taught artist, can you describe your early days of toying around with illustration and how that transitioned into a career?
    I was painting a lot and having little shows here and there, doing some illustrations, but mostly paintings and [playing] music. I worked at an art program for people with disabilities, so we would paint together all day and I'd have shows here and there and eventually did stuff in San Francisco and San Diego.  I was kinda figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. I was in bands and making a ton of art. I'm glad I took the risk to do art for a living, but I miss them so much. It started really spiraling in 2006-2007 until I quit my job in the middle of the recession in 2008. Figured it would be a super challenging time to start, so if I could make it then, then I could make it anytime.

    2. How do you feel your creative processes have changed over the years as you've adapted to your on rhythm and style?
    Well I'm kind of a constant worker and everything changes. If I'm doing paintings for a show, I get a whole collected vibe and idea, conceptually of what I'm going to do for it. I surround myself with the idea and start going. If I'm making a music video/short film, I do the same thing; I take on many many, new skills and challenges constantly so I'm always learning a new rhythm. Cartoons, toy design, murals, writing treatments for films or stories/books; I'm always a student.

    3. I understand you're from Northern California. What was it like for you growing up there as an adolescent?
    AI grew up in Auburn, California, which was a small, kinda trippy little town. It was ok;  great for being creative and enjoying the rural environment. Then I moved to Sacramento after high school and lived in some punk houses and learned what I wanted to do was be creative in some capacity. Oakland is where I've lived for the last 4 years and it's incredible!!

     

    4. You once stated in an interview "I'm trying to do my best to balance making enough money to live, so that I can have enough time and space to preserve what I love about being alive…” My question -- without getting too personal -- is how are you doing these days balancing having enough time for the things you love about being alive? And while we're on the topic, what's giving you joy these days?
    I think about my art in a kind of logical way. I'd like to just do what I want and have the world support that, but the truth is, I've learned that if you don't have an expansive view on things, that you can find yourself in a narrow corner. That's why I do so many different things. There are people that like different aspects of what I do so I have no problem accommodating them if it means I can in turn, live as an artist. I'm not romantic about my position as an artist. I get to do a large amount of my own interests creatively, so I have no complaints. Things that bring me joy these days? Epic narrative fantasy paintings, reading and painting backgrounds for my animation.

    6. Where was your head at when you were in the process creating "Azathoth Invoked?"
    I was incredibly excited about showing that piece at the Illustrators Club in Providence that H.P. Lovecraft wrote about in his story "Pickman's Model." I'm an intense fan of cosmic horror, weird horror and Lovecraft.

    7. In regard to art, what plans or projects do you have coming up that you're looking forward to?
    I'm looking forward to wrapping up this music video for High on Fire next month, starting on my new paintings, releasing new fucked up toys, painting murals and writing treatments for videos and comics.

    8. Completely unrelated to work or art, what do you have coming up for yourself that you're looking forward to?
    I'm exercising a lot, and I'm excited about riding my bike a lot and laughing with my wife and hanging out with my friends. I have eternal work to do, but I love the moments I spend with my friends.

  • Out Feb. 18th, Skinner Releases "Azathoth Invoked"

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    World renowned, self-taught artist Skinner is hitting us with his very first Prints on Wood release. Titled "Azathoth Invoked," the print is set to release for a limited time beginning February 18th.

    Skinner is a super unique artist within the industry, not only because he is a true-to-the-core self-taught artist, but because his entire way of tacking his career is so strategic, yet care free. Admittedly, Skinner thinks about his work in a pragmatic way: separating his joys of life and the little things from his art, which is his passion as well as his '9 to 5.' For him, creating and producing work as a full-time artist -- and living the fast-paced, multi-faceted life which follows -- is payed off by his ability to piece out free time to enjoy the little things in life at his own leisure.

    Before even becoming a professional artist, Skinner worked with disabled peoples, teaching/practicing art. Being surrounded by differently-abled people for nearly ten years of his working life, he's truly become someone who has mastered the art of thinking outside of the box and finding bliss in commonalities, the mundane and the overlooked.

    Also hailing from a music background, the artist spent years free flowing through various bands, living in punk houses in The Bay Area, and generally not knowing what his next move would be, until realizing creative pursuits were at the forefront of his career goals.

    With these realizations made, his career had begun. Now, Skinner is a celebrated ambassador for the arts, a world-traveled street artist and an equally visible gallery artist, with shows having taken place around the world.

    As "Azathoth Invoked" gears up to release later this week, be sure to head here to find out more information about the 11x16 in. fine art print and make your purchase. Additionally, an edition of 10 24x36 in. prints of "Azathoth Invoked" are available for purchase as well. You can learn more about the large scale print here, andddd be sure to follow up on the POW blog for an exclusive Q&A with the artist in the coming days. See you then!

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