In conversation with Jake Fried

In this episode of Fakewhale Live, host Jesse Draxler chats with painter and animator Jake Fried about his work, influences, and thoughts on art.

At the beginning of the conversation, Jake explains how he got into the industry and how the process of painting became more interesting to him than painting itself. In addition, he discusses his work as an animator and painter, and how they are similar yet different.

Jake Fried then talks about the importance of online communities for artists and how Vimeo has been a great resource for him, and how his practice of painting and animating on a computer and how it has evolved over time.

In particular, Jake shares how he was fortunate to have mentors and teachers who took interest in him and helped him develop as an artist. He also teaches at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and he shares the joys and challenges of being a full-time artist, and how teaching helps him stay creative and motivated.

Ultimately, in the last part of the conversation he also reflects on the significance of his work and how it can be relatable to different people, and the importance of Optics and how it affects the way people see his work. Furthermore, he discusses his influences and Kafka’s influence on his work, his attraction to essentialist work, and his current listening habits. 

Jesse Draxler is an LA-based artist working in mixed media and digital formats to create deconstructed, distorted images.

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