April 8, 2010
Enter former fridge artist Jason Thorpe–whose work has evolved from childhood drawings of celebrities into sought-after, finely crafted paintings. All with a little help from a friend.
Having put art on the back-burner for years, it wasn’t until pal (and local art star) David Garibaldi encouraged him with a box of paints, that Thorpe began to pursue a career as an artist.
His art-deco infused, cartoon-inspired portraits depict mostly fabricated characters in nightclubs, bars, and cafes. His process? When an idea strikes, he immediately makes a sketch, reworking it several times before putting his acrylics to a custom-built canvas.
Colorful and dark, modern and retro, his work is as vibrant as the people he’s inspired to paint.
Looking to see a Thorpe up close? Check out Denim Spot; 1050 20th Street, Space 170.
Next time your kid tapes up a Popsicle stick and construction paper creation, you might wanna give ‘em some paints.
Jason Thorpe; www.thorpe-art.com