Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Featured Artist: J. Spencer Shull

Meet J. Spencer Shull from Columbia, South Carolina. “It's the capital of South Carolina, but the arts community is not really up to par. (We) would love to move to a bigger city with more innovative thinkers.” He and his wife Kelly run an art collective named Jellykoe.
Garden by J. Spencer Shull
“For the most part, I am a self taught artist. The majority of my work falls under the umbrella of pop surrealism and lowbrow. Some of my creations have been turned into creepy/cute plush creatures thanks to my talented wife Kelly.” Spencer has been creating art for many years but only recently became serious about selling and perfecting his style. “I am 29 years old, and the older I get, the more I've stopped caring about what other people think….I'm glad my paintings have been so well received, but at the end of the day, I'm glad that when I look at them, they make me happy too.”
The Studious Homunculus by J. Spencer Shull
Spencer paints on a variety of materials: wood, antique books, bottles, cigar boxes, and more. “I like the idea of turning something that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill into a work of art that someone can hang in their home and cherish.”

Where Pies Go To Die by J. Spencer Shull
Spencer sells his work at various art festivals around the United States, has his first gallery show coming up in April, and sells online at www.jellykoe.com. He lists his favorite artists as Mark Ryden, Edward Gorey, Gary Baseman, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali. “Our walls are currently adorned with work by Jason Levesque, Deona Fish, Gus Fink, and Chris Hamer. We also have a ton of Mark Ryden in almost every room…I have a picture of Andy Warhol with a quote reading ‘Art is what you can get away with.’ I find so much truth in that.”
Mooseboy by J. Spencer Shull
Spencer says he’s a “perfectionist to a fault,” and that he “will sketch out an idea four or five times. I want all the shapes and colors to fill the space just right…I draw inspiration from a lot of social issues and stereotypes. I also like to imagine things that I've never seen but would like to see. I try to blend child-like naivety with harsh reality and adult concepts. I love dark humor and a lot of it creeps its way into my work.”

Yum by J. Spencer Shull
Make sure you check Spencer out:
as well as on DeviantArt, where I first found him

1 comment:

  1. awesome, really like this, thanks for introducing this to me :)