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CHOPPING BLOCK: JASON LIMON

If you're a fellow sufferer of Trypophobia (the irrational fear of objects with small clustered holes) like myself, then every time you see unholy displays such as the inside of a cantaloupe or a lotus seed pod, you want to grab the nearest rock and smash it like a frustrated cave man trying to ignite a fire.

This proved to be a huge point of contention for myself when I was assigned to research the work of Jason Limon for this interview. On one hand, his work is awesome and he's teamed up with Prints On Wood to offer an upcoming timed release! On the other hand, the hundreds of tiny little circles in most of his paintings made my skin crawl while my left eye twitched violently.

Alas, I had to man-up and cast my neurosis aside because if I didn't, who else would get this article done? (I'm the only one around here who knows how to use they're, their, and there correctly.)

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JL1(Photo Credit: Kidrobot)

POW: Even though the imagery in your artwork is quite provocative, given your abilities, it seems that you like to pull your punches so that it's not truly disturbing and almost kind of cute. Is this in any way intentional, and if so, why?

JASON: That is true. I don't want stuff to come across too shocking or obscene, but I also don't want it to be on the hokey side. For me, I think it's just about getting a viewer to examine a piece and bring on a variety of emotions — to question what is happening in the painting and how they feel about it. Should they be a little disturbed or laugh? As to why, I guess I'd say that may come from me always questioning life and reality. As a kid you always wonder "what if" and as an adult most of us stop asking that question after learning the actual "parameters" of the world we live in. I continue to ask "what if" and try to imagine how things can be without those parameters.

JL2DARK SPIRALS by Jason Limon

POW:  When I was a little kid, certain visuals in movies such as Roger Rabbit (Judge Doom), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Large Marge), and The Thing (the whole damn movie) would haunt my nightmares for years to come, though looking back on it now, I find those same visuals kind of funny.

As the father of 2 children, did you / have you ever shielded them from any of your paintings until they were old enough to see the humor and beauty in your work?

JASON: I can see Large Marge and Judge Doom being funny now, but you're not still scared of The Thing? I love that movie, it still creeps me out a bit. My kids have watched that movie (and others I thought were amazing when I was young) and they don't at all have the same reactions I did, of course. We were lucky to live through those movies and watch the whole industry change and develop over time.

I never felt I was painting anything vulgar or too much for a young mind to handle. I haven't hidden any of my art from my daughters. I leave them in the open while I work so they can have a look any time. I do enjoy their reactions to my art and sometimes intrigued by their questions, some which spur further exploration on my part.

JL3FOLIAGE by Jason Limon

POW: Every artist refines their work over time until they find the niche they feel most comfortable working in. What experiences as a young artist would you say guided you into honing your nature-based style of surrealism?

JASON: I didn't really begin honing my painting skills until after more than a decade of working on a computer to make art so it took me a good while to "loosen up". I had grown up drawing a lot and that helped, but what has guided me most with developing a style is just that: loosening up and allowing things to come out as they do naturally. Early on I started to develop a story involving the planet and plant-life, exploring how nature becomes dominate again and balances the world out. I referred to quite a bit of nature while producing that series of art.

OriginsORIGINS by Jason Limon

POW:  I've read that you studied Graphic Design in college, which afforded you the ability to apply those skills in a commercial environment. What aspect of working as a Graphic Designer inspired you to pursue it as a profession, and what in particular about the profession inspired you to ultimately focus your abilities on fine art instead?

JASON: I did work as a graphic designer for a good while. I believe that part of my life helped me develop my use of color and a love for typography. I drew a whole lot in vectors (Adobe Illustrator) and no matter how much I did I could never get the same effects that I could by hand. It all started to feel somewhat stifling and I craved doing things by hand again after some time. As a designer I would also flip through tons of illustrator promo books which did influenced me to get more serious about painting.

JL4CATCREEPER ON THE PROWL by Jason Limon

POW: In regards to your timed release with POW: Catcreeper On The Prowl, can you tell us a little bit about the Catcreeper? Why did you paint him? What does he want with all those cats? Does he eat the cats after he catches them? :(

JASON: At the start of this year I decided I would focus on stories of the paranormal to help induce a large amount of monsters or cryptids to be unleashed. In this case I had sketched out some ideas for a humanoid swamp creature and this is where it lead me. Really it is just thinking about things in reverse. If a cat decides to claw at a fish and eat it, does anyone care about the fish? I've had a few comments from people wondering why I hate cats. Some of the comments come across as being kind of angry. The truth is I've always liked cats since I was a kid and had them around growing up and still have a cat in our home now. The thought of a giant fish monster getting some revenge on cats is just funny. I wouldn't think that the Catcreeper would eat a cat, but only has lots of fun scaring and being a nuisance to them.

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CATCREEPER ON THE PROWL will be offered as an 11 x 14 limited timed release, signed and numbered by Jason Limon. This 3/4" thick print will be offered on bright white and retails for $100. CATCREEPER goes on sale on Monday, April 28th @ 12 pm, and continues through the week ending on Saturday, May 3rd @ 12 pm.

For more information on Jason Limon, visit his website at: http://limon-art.com/

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