Painting The Blues Away

A recent graduate from the New York Studio School in Manhattan, Case Jernigan is on a mission to get his art in the public domain. His work ranges from detailed, miniature drawings to large impressionistic paintings that play boldly with both form and medium to create eye-catching pieces of art. It gets better: the works are actually affordable enough for any New York City apartment. His art was most recently on display at the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, but you can check out all of his work here

NYC-APS: What advice do you have for artists just starting out in the New York art scene?

CJ: See everything you can. Oh, and get your nose half an inch away from a Pieter Bruegel painting from the 1500s at the MET so you can see the original graphite marks underneath the painting, and just feel inspired. 

NYC-APS: What’s your process as you’re conceptualizing and creating your pieces?

CJ: There is no predefined process. Recently I’ve been focusing on the contrast between a larger dispersed shape, like an overarching macro shape, and then something much more minute and detailed, so I can physically move the piece into another  plane or dimension of the painting. This mode of thinking has laid the foundation for how I approach my more recent pieces, but it’s not a strict guideline or process.

NYC-APS: I like that there is no set process because a huge criticism of art in our modern age is its reproducible, cookie cutter nature that makes it about as unique as a pair of Nike shoes.

CJ: Yeah I agree. And sometimes it’s easy to fall into that trap when you have certain hand skills but you’re not really challenging yourself and I think you’re missing something fundamental, too. I’ve been there before and remember having whole armfuls of canvases that I would just throw away. So sometimes I have to push everything out of my head before I can even start, or I’ll do something totally different and use other mixed media such as coffee or tea to tone the paper so I can create a different feel to the canvas I’m about to work with. 

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