Featured Artist: JP Neang

 

Today I’d like to feature an artists that I have not done much work with in the past, but hope to in the future. JP Neang is an amazingly talented artists that works in an abstract style, primarily with with graphite and pastels along with various other mediums, that has worked as both an artist and as co-curator of large scale art projects across parts of northern California.

Forget Me Not

Drawing inspiration from the some darker shades of emotions, JP creates intriguing, amazing,  intricate, fluid pieces that incorporate anatomical characteristics into an abstract form can give you a little bit of an uneasy feeling, in a strange, familiar sort of way. This contrasts her cheery personality in such a way that opens my eyes to the ability of the artists to dig deep within themselves to places that they don’t always let others know about, and contrast their own self perception in order to find inspiration.

UntitledJP’s art alone is not all that I find inspiring about her; while having an awesome catalog of work, she has talents that transcend the studio. Along with being featured in galleries from San Francisco to Sacramento, she has worked with several California based fashion companies, even held the title of senior designer for a few (Soap Box Apparel, BE Eternal Clothing Company) and has been involved in the leadership and preparation side of events such as the Vallejo based “The IMpossible Dream”. Her current focus is deeply involved with creative education

JP was one of the artists I recently sat down with and spoke with about inspiration. While the conversation was mostly directed towards how the group dynamic plays into the creative process, some great insight about her own inspiration was shared, and as the policy of this site goes, I shall pass the knowledge unto thee, via the sound cloud player below:

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More work from JP can be found on her art website: jpneang.com

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