The MINI Interview with BIG Exclusive Artist Josh Peters

Name: Josh Peters
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Images from top to bottom:

1. Le Douanier Rosseau, La Bohémienne Endormie, 1897.

One of the first paintings that I fell in love with as a child.

2. My mother and me, circa 1970/71.

My mother is the one who gave me an appreciation for art.

3. Alberto Rey Transitions 96 x 192, Oil paint, tar, dry pigment, acrylic paint, chalk, graphite
Collection of the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, NY

This is a piece by my first teacher, Alberto Rey, made around the time when I met him.

I can never remember a time when I was not making art. The moment I picked up a crayon I started drawing. For me, being an artist was never a choice, it is just who I am. I am wondering how you view yourself as an artist. Is it something that just is or something you sought out.

It’s not something that I sought out, its something that was always there (though I didn’t know it until I was 17 and came into contact with an amazing teacher, Alberto Rey).

Is being an artist part of your day job or do you support yourself some other way?

It is part of my day job in that I teach art.. also in that I sell my artwork, though that was a larger part of my income before the recession.

What does being an artist mean to you, how it is a part of your everyday and how it influences your choices and navigation throughout life?

It’s not really a profession as much as who you are. The sacrifices are such that it has to be a compulsion.

Thanks Josh! – Kelly Lynn Jones

Josh Peters Print 1

Josh Peters Print 2

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