Art can be an amazing ride, for both an artist and the people their art touches. Once one learns that they have any type of artistic talent, and they pursue that talent because it becomes a part of him or her self, that is a powerful thing. Joshua Mays, whose home town is Denver, Colorado, is such a phenomenon. Here are some of his explanations and encouragements. He has a show in Denver, Colorado tonight (see details below). If you enjoy modern artistic expression, this is a show worth viewing.
Describe your style...
I would describe my style as constantly deteriorating and decaying and
layers peeling away to reveal something even more interesting and relevant
underneath. At least, that is what I’m hoping for.
How did art manifest itself for you?
When I was about 3 years old, I saw the artwork of an older cousin of
mine. When I looked at his drawings I didn’t see pencil lines on paper, I
saw faces looking back at me. That was a very powerful point on my
What classes/instruction have you had relating to art?
Elementary, middle school, and high school art class. I also attended
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Community College of Denver.
But my technique has developed mostly from drawing almost everyday since I
was 3-4 years old, when I am not in class.
What influences have you had?
I've had lots of them. I am frequently influenced upon by walking,
talking, traveling, painting, graphic design, music, food, just about
everything. As important as creating is for an artist, it is equally as
important (and challenging) to maintain and steady flow of inspiration.
Keep the fire burning hot.
What would you say to the young artist in grade school?
One, “Keep drawing.”
Two, “Yes, you can do this for a living.”
Where can your art work be viewed or purchased?
You can find my work in various places in Philly, Denver and California.
Go to Soldren.com and contact me at Joshua@soldren.com and from there I’ll
lead you the closest dealer.
When and where is your next show?
I’m have an opening in Denver June 25, 2010 at Blackbook Gallery. The show’s
called The Nova Code and it’s a collaboration between myself and Denver
creative mastermind, DJ Mu$a. After that I’m hoping to go back to Mexico
City in 2011 to exhibit. I’m also organizing a touring exhibit with BigUp
magazine beginning next year. Plenty of conversating going on as well.
I’m having a lot of fun. I would recommend to my friends and family and
people I have yet to meet, spend more time enjoying yourself. Your life is
only getting shorter. Stay tuned for you will see more of me.
Blackbook Gallery is located at 555 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado 80204.