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Jet Treacy

I view painting as a step back from the constant scrolling through social media and a way to reconnect with the human familiarity of mark-making. This involves connecting what I see with the physical action of making marks. I have been working on breaking away from my self-taught, refined painting technique and instead embracing the materiality and agency of paint through raw brush strokes. In my portrait investigations, I am particularly interested in a candid profile with the subject turning away. I find that this approach feels more tender and shows more vulnerability than a direct gaze.

How would you describe/define yourself?

I describe myself as a fine artist, primarily an acrylic painter.

When and why did you decide to choose painting designing as a career? 

Painting became my primary medium when I was studying Art and Design in college, around 2014-2016. During this time, I experimented with many mediums such as watercolour, but I found acrylic paint suited my technique better. Since college I have been pursuing acrylic painting as a side hustle and passion, taking commissions and selling originals through a local gallery and my online shop.

What according to you is a favorite part of being a Paint Artist?

My favourite part of the painting is the materiality of the paint. It's playful and buildable and if you hate what you painted, you can just cover it up with more paint. I like the layering process of painting and seeing the build-up of previous brushstrokes through the pentimento. 

What inspires you as an Artist? How do you visualize your muses?

One of my main inspirations is my environment and the people that inhabit my environment, friends and family. I also stay inspired by keeping up to date with contemporary artists on Instagram and seeing what they create fuels me for my next work. My main muse if my partner who has appeared in many of my recent paintings. I work with reference photos and I take a lot of photos of him as I spend a lot of time with him, so naturally he appears in a lot of my compositions which stem from my phone photo album. I rarely ask for him to pose as I'm drawn to candid poses in my paintings. 

What’s your signature painting element? And why?

I'm not sure if I particularly have a signature element in my work, but in my current paintings I'm attempting to be more conscious of not over working the piece and letting more raw brushwork be on show to the viewer, so I guess that's a current element you can see in recent work. 

The painting you created are best without any doubt, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such painting?  

This painting was created during a playful and experimental period of self portraits. It's painted from a selfie I took with a filter which had a delayed effect causing multiples of my face in the image. I thought this imagery would have an interesting effect translated with paint, resulting in a distorted self portrait and identity. 

What’s the best piece of artistic advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

 'Let the paint be paint', this is something I heard at Art School which really resonates with me still and has influenced my current painting technique. It's almost like a mantra to me now, something that repeats in my mind when creating. I think it helps me to not overwork paintings and enjoy the materiality of the paint more. I'm not looking to copy an image photo realistically, I am translating my personal view of the world or image through the paint.

As we all know job of a painter is very tough. So how do you keep your mental and physical health fit?

I practice yoga daily which has helped my mental and physical health massively in recent years. So sometimes I will take a 15 minute yoga break in between painting. I also think it's very important to take breaks away from your creative practice and not feel guilty for doing so. As artists, you're a sponge to the world and the media you intake, so even when you're not physically creating, you are still contributing to your practice from what you're exposing to your mind. Films, books, music, walks in nature all contribute to your practice and can help to get out of an art block. 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career and hoping to make it big as a Paint Artist? 

Try not to compare yourself to other artists, use them as inspiration. Follow your gut feeling when creating. It is hard work so be kind to yourself. Look for art competitions and open calls, especially the free ones! Keep prolific on your social media if you can, the algorithm is against you but keep uploading, its a great way to keep track of what and when you finished an art piece and to look back on your art journey. Upload for yourself not the algorithm, stay true to what you want to create. 

To whom would you like to give credits of your journey till now?

My friends and loved ones for their constant support, the people that have commissioned me and supported me and I give credit to myself for sticking with creating after so many years, it's tough but there's something in me which wants to keep painting and produce artwork, so for that I am thankful.

Anything you wish to share or quote in your interview?

No one creates art like you, you are one of a kind. Follow your artistic vision! 


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