Artist Jason Thielke on Warhol and Street Art
This week, I caught up with Denver visual artist Jason Thielke, whose show PSiLOVEU is on display at Limited Addiction art gallery (825 Santa Fe Drive) through February 9. Thielke's creates intricately-layered line depictions taken from his observations of urban landscapes and those who inhabit them. Heavily influenced by today's street art and contemporary design, Thielke's work integrates his myriad influences with the precision of truly fine art. Here's a quick-hit interview with the man himself and a slide show sample of the work he currently has on display:
Name: Jason Thielke
State of Mind: Content
How would you describe your work?
I'd describe my work as highly detailed line art. Traditionally my subject matter has been urban landscapes, but lately I've been focusing on figurative work.
Who are your biggest influences?
Gustav Klimpt is a huge influence. Mostly because of his use of design, shapes, crazy detail and color around and within his figures and landscapes. Ancient Greek black paintings usually found on pottery and vases are also big influences. I discovered these when I lived in Sicily and have been spellbound by white or red line work on black objects and figures ever sense. Andy Warhol without a doubt has influenced how I think about art and commercialism. In my opinion Andy Warhol deserves credit for the whole street art movement even though he never participated in or witnessed its existence. The guy was a messed up genius.
What's your favorite element of Denver's art scene?
Camaraderie. At least in my circle, everyone's in it for the long haul and wants to see everyone succeed. By progressing and hyping each others work the scene has grown. It's amazing what has happened in the last few years. Limited Addiction Gallery, Joyengine (Boulder), The 400, Indyink, Installation (Boulder), Plastic Chapel and The Fabric Lab are all new art hubs that are heavily driving culture on the front range.
How long can you go without painting before you start to lose sleep?
I can actually go without painting for awhile. As long as I'm drawing, building panels or etc. within a few days I'm fine. I usually need a week to rest after a big show though.
Who should I interview next and why? Lui Ferreyra because he's one of the best painters I know. Plus he has a show of landscapes titled "Grounded" up at Sandy Carson Gallery.