MAGAZINE

November 28th, 2019
Jesse Gussow

 

It’s all in the details. The Totally Righteous artwork by Jordan Oliver draws you in with the subject centered, surrounded meticulously with such beautiful colours that challenge your perspective. The whole image seems to be both the foreground and the background. His brushstrokes hold so much power, making intricate details and rough and thick lines creating a harmonious balance. Truly beautiful.

 


Where are you from?

I'm from a small town in Wisconsin called Menasha. We moved a bit growing up but mainly stayed there or Appleton (the city next door)

 

 

How did you get interested in art?

I've always been interested in art from an early age, but took it a lot more serious when I was in high school. Even more so when I was looking more at my future.

 

 

What inspires your artwork?

The passion for knowledge is what inspires me learning new techniques and trying them myself get me so excited!

 

 

How would you describe your style?

A chaotic approach to realism. I feel creating art isn't just you thinking of something and creating it! Instead, it's more you and the paper, both have a vision and you work together more like a collaboration.

 

 

When working on a piece what is your whole process from start to finish? How long does that typically take?

When I'm working on a piece they can take anywhere from 2 hours to 20 but I always start the same, with a pencil, then add the colors and tones. From there not focusing on any one part but more the colors in general, creating the item from that instead of actual solid lines.

 

 

What is your favourite dinosaur?

My favorite dinosaur would be a stegosaurus, I grew up watching land before time and spike was always my favorite.

 

 

Do you listen to music when creating art? If so what is your go to?

I almost always listen to music while painting whether it's live painting for a show or just painting at home. Although when I'm out I normally paint to electronic or jam bands as opposed to at home when I tend to listen to more relaxing music like a chill hop YouTube mix.

 

 

How many pieces do you complete a year?

Being that art is my full-time career and my only source of income, I paint almost every day. I'd say when I first started I did maybe 25 pieces a year and now I do about 100 or so.

 

 

What does your work say about you?

That it not only represents me but everyone in a way. You see I really try to capture true feelings and basic emotions in my subject matter, maybe even something like the concept of a memory. I want the person to see it and feel something relatable even if its a completely different feeling then how I felt or meant to express.

 

 

What is your perfect environment for creating?

My ideal environment is in the sun out in nature away from everything or in a quiet space by myself anywhere I can just escape and let my mind wander.

 

 


How has your artwork affected you? And other people?

My art has affected me a lot by teaching me patience and understanding. To remain calm and focused even when you don't know what’s coming next because you know your doing what you meant to be doing. I'm not sure how my art has affected others, but I know it means quite a bit to some the way they light up at something I created. They way they relate to them on a special level is something I can't explain and really keeps me focused on my goals.

 

 

Is there a artistic medium you haven’t done that you would like to? If so what is it and why that particular one?

I always loved the idea of body painting, I normally use people as my subject matter in art so it would be fun to have the subject be the canvas and see how it changes.

 

 

How have your grown from when you first started to now?

Every day I learn something new. When I first started it was all very basic heads and items laid out, but now there's a lot more depth and creativity with how I place things or add them. Its more a subject or story then a painting of different items.

 

 

Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?

I'm gonna go with Oreo. I grew up eating them with my school lunches so they'll always have a nostalgic place in my heart.

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