Another talented New Yorker has graced All Public Art to inspire you, our readers to stick to your passion and love for the arts. Born in February 6, 1976, Justin Winslow is undoubtedly a gift in the art industry. He has been creating remarkable art pieces since he was a child and he is not showing any signs of stopping anytime soon.
He has quiet mastered street art that if you're in New York, you might have stumbled to some of his works, especially the one featuring his own cat- Gus. He is an amazing visual artist, especially when it comes to drawing and illustrating cats. Justin Winslow's love for animals definitely cascades to his materials. Read his interview below and we're sure that you'll find yourself empathizing more on animals while being inspired to draw and paint on a canvas or an empty wall.
An Interview with Justin Winslow
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Justin: I'd say it was always in me. I've drawn pictures since I could hold a crayon, really. Then I went to school for it and was classically trained.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Justin: Escher, Haring, Warhol... I'd say they're all artists I admire.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Justin: I'm not sure. I better get to thinking about that, shouldn't I?
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Justin: A sense of empathy for an animal, another living creature, or even a human when you look in their eyes.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Justin: I'm not sure I have a divine "purpose." It's just a big numbers game. It's a game of cat and mouse.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Justin: I like to keep the process as easy and stress free as possible. The happier I am, the more productive I am. I enjoy a little meditation before and during creating a piece. Breaks are good to step back and evaluate the big picture. The magic is in the final details that make a piece all come together and pop. If I start overworking a piece, I try to stop myself.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Justin: It's historically fascinating when you start seeing artists referencing other artists and movements within pieces. Unfortunately, it's largely been a boy's club so we're experiencing the world with one eye closed. I think things are changing now. There needs to be more cats.
APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Justin: Draw or paint every single day. Put in those 10,000 hours of practice towards mastery.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Justin: More public art, and hopefully commissions and contracts
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Justin: Selling yourself short
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Justin: I have a relaxing drink or smoke.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Justin: Lisa Frank, Dali, Wayne White, Hello Kitty
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Justin: Lately, my cat muse, Gus.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Justin: Managing the business end of things.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Justin: It's a wonderful spiritual release and it's a luxury to be able to do it.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Justin: I wish I had known how much of a "box-checker" you must be to get into the gallery scene. The right schools, the right programs, the right contacts...
APA: What is your creative process like?
Justin: Fun but chaotic, hard to snap out of once I've started.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Justin: Knowing when to stop. Overworking can ruin something. Simple is better.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Justin: Hieronymus Bosch
Featured photo taken by: Jeff Beler