Today we’d like to introduce you to J.C. Amorrortu.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Austin in 2000. Since I was a little child I was always doing something creative with music and visual art. There are two major early events in my life I can recall that changed me forever and motivated me to pursue my dream of being an artist. The first major event happened when I was 7 or so and I won my first painting contest; winning was not the important thing, but having my art appreciated was definitely special and fed my soul like nothing else.
The second major event happened years later when I was at my Aunt’s home. She had a color lithograph of The Mona Lisa hanging next to her bookstand. I was both scared and mesmerized by that image; her gaze, her face; the composition, the mystery, the technique. I couldn’t believe someone had created that with brushes, so I made a promise to myself that I was going to make art like that. Fast forwarding to my late teen years here in the United States, I went to college and got a bachelors in Graphic Design, which has helped me so much with color theory, composition and concepts. I do art for a living and I have my work in several private collections all around the world.
Please tell us about your art.
I make art that tells a story. Sometimes that story encompasses personal things and other times things that have happened in the past or are happening right now. I juxtapose the traditional with the modern. I was trained in traditional art techniques, but I am also fascinated by Modern art. We owe so much to the artists who came before us, so my art is a way to honor them, myself and the entire human condition. I am currently working on a series of big Oil paintings of local women showcasing and empowering them as goddesses. I am an Oil Painter who loves to break the rules. I use the finest oil paints and materials because I want my art to remain intact for centuries to come. I don’t paint in layers; however, my work is done Alla Prima (on sitting) because I like oil paintings to be fluid and not static. In addition, I enjoy painting custom work for clients. you learn so much by making a client’s vision come to life.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Sadly we live in a world where pursuing a creative or artistic path is very physical, emotional and financially challenging. I would advise artists to focus on one area; for example, I used to play in bands but I stopped to focus all my time in my visual art. If you want to do art leave your ego at the door and be prepared to be rejected. A book that I always go to is Steven press field’s “the War of Art”. Always follow your heart and never undervalue yourself and your work.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Follow me on Instagram @observ_er here I post everything from process shots to unfinished artwork. you can contact me and commission me a piece or buy something directly from me; I sell originals and archival prints of my work. I post everything about my upcoming shows and events here. I have a solo show in October at Caffe Medici (1101 West Lynn St. Austin, TX 78703, a group show in October at gallery Lucid (7101 Easy Wind Dr Unit 3101 Austin TX, 78752) and I will be a part of the East Austin Studio Tour in November.
- Phone: 1(512)921-1468
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/observ_er
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jcamorrortu/
- Other: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=57803975
All Images and photos by J.C. Amorrortu.