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Joe Sorren

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Interview With Joe Sorren


By Adam Szrotek

Please tell us about your roots.

I was born in Chicago and have long ears.

Do you remember your first art encounter?

Yes, it was at the Chicago Art Museum. Amazing.

Are you artistically trained?

I got my BFA from Northern Arizona University.

It looks like you create your own reality in your works. Would you like to be a part of it?

Um...I think I would need glasses to be there.

Where do you think your inspirations come from?

The local food mart, and finding shiney things on the ground.

Do you remember your dreams?

You know, i don't usually. But the other night I dreamed I was sleeping in my bed while sleeping in my bed. Very strange.

Do you think, they (dreams) play important part in our lives?

Not so much for me, but for others, sure. They seem to.

Is your art a reflection of your experiences or rather desires?

Good question. Probably a bit of both.

What medium do you work in primary and why?

I have recently switched to oil paints, mostly for the smell.

I know your are involved in music. What was first ,music or art, and is there any connection between them?

I became interested in music when I was a teen. Ideas definityl bouce between the two as far as feel goes.

Do you listen to any music while painting?

Yes, and books on tape sometimes too.

Is there any schedule in artist's life?

Usually early morning until dinner, and sometimes back at night.

Do you sometimes give up on your work and never finish it?

Yes, from time to time a painting gets crushed in the dumpster.

Do you like commision work? Please tell us about the process of it and how much freedom you have.

I love making commissions. I ask for full freedom to do something I can believe in, otherwise the work turns out stale.

Is hard to find a cheerful faces in your works. Is there a reason for that?

I am not really sure about that.

Do you think your characters would be able to walk with such big heads?

I hope not.

What are you trying to achive through your work?

A believablilty that this could all happen.

Joe Sorren
Interviewed by Adam Szrotek

 



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Joe Sorren


 

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1970, Joe Sorren grew up around Phoenix and later Flagstaff, Arizona. He started painting in 1991. In 1993 he received his BFA from Northern Arizona University. For the very first time he was notticed in 1997 as the gold medal winner in the Society of Illustrators of New York competition, and again this year when he won the gold medal in Los Angeles. He is also well know for creating the mural on outdoor wall in downtown Heritage Square in Flagstaff. It’s 40' x 60' and it took 9 months to complete the project. His award winning illustrations have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Print, The Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz, Step-by-Step, Art Now, Communication Arts and have been used by Warner Brothers and Atlantic Records. Since his first solo exhibition in 1995, Sorren has exhibited his work in various group shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Detroit. Joe Sorren's work is in collections worldwide, including those of David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and Nike Brand President Mark Parker. He plays also as the drummer in the band called Sparkleface. Joe Sorren currently works in Flagstaff, Arizona where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.


 

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