Aaron Elvis-Jupin merges everyday imagery with vivid color and form. Elvis-Jupin finds fascination in small quotidian moments and the possibilities that arise when you combine dissimilar subject matter onto the same plane. His paintings pulse with energy and a liveliness that is both intriguing and uncanny. Elvis-Jupin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and is represented by Fischer Parrish Gallery.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from originally and when did art enter your life?
My name is Aaron Elvis Jupin, I’m originally from Fullerton California. I always remember drawing when I was a kid with my cousins. My dad is a photographer and my uncle is an animator/painter but watching cartoons as a kid is when I feel that art entered my life. That was my first introduction to drawing, color and the abstraction of reality. Trying to draw cartoons and apology letters to my mom for getting in trouble in catholic school was how I expressed myself and practiced my technique.
What techniques are you using in your work?
Collage, airbrush, photography, drawing and a lot of tape, trying to play with sculpture but we’ll see how that goes
What other artists most inspire your practice?
Larry Sultan, Larry Johnson, Sue Williams, Steve Kahn, John Wesley, Ray Johnson, Sigmar Polke, the Chicago imagists.
Do the figures and symbols in your work hold special meaning?
The figures and symbols are usually mundane objects that I feel a personal connection with. Whether it’s from a personal experience or the type of emotion that this particular object evokes when placed next to something familiar to create a comparison. A lot of the objects are things I see constantly and feel drawn to subconsciously. I think of it as an intuitive way of choosing what goes in the paintings. My work focuses on the way we personify objects and is meant to be subjective based on the viewers connection to depicted objects that often feel nostalgic. Through my paintings, I try to glorify each of our connections to the mundane and ordinary.
Where do you find inspiration for your source material?
I find inspiration everywhere. From old pornographic magazines to the internet (a lot of stuff on there), photographs I take, photographs friends send me, cartoons, movies, books on domestic settings, nature and insects. To be honest everywhere and everything inspires me, nothing is really off limits as long as I feel some kind of personal connection to it. Once something catches my eye I begin looking for it in all different settings.
What artistic movements do you draw from?
Surrealism, Pop Art. I think those are such broad movements, I’m really just interested in a particular few that fall into those categories. Is macro photographs of bugs and plants an artistic movement?
What are you most excited for this year?
Just excited to make work. There are some upcoming opportunities but nothing is really settled yet. I Just look forward to exploring the work I’m making. Excited for some friends who have shows this year, hopefully get to go to those.
At the end of every interview, we like to ask the artist to recommend a friend
whose work you love for us to interview next. Who would you suggest?
To pick one person is so hard. Some who I feel are really amazing: