Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Friedberg.
Zachary, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My love of art began as a child being raised by parents with a strong appreciation for art. Although nothing makes me happier than creating artwork, art remained a fascination and hobby while I pursued more “practical” professional goals. I began making art as a commercial hobby in 2002 when I created artwork, logos, and produced limited edition, collectible vinyl records for international touring musicians. My logo for Portland’s Toxic Holocaust has since become one of the most prominent logos in metal music today. Even though I sold my work, I considered art a hobby and remained focused on traditional career development.
In 2013, I took a break from my career to create the multi-sensory art project, Fart by Mail, which received press from publications such as Maxim Magazine, Buzzfeed, Business Insider, Fast Company, Popular Science, etc. and sold thousands of copies internationally. This project packaged the ephemeral fart as an olfactory, auditory, visual, and social experience that successfully spread worldwide. During this time, I painted on canvas for the first time and quickly developed my highly graphic pop painting style, which led to commissioned work for private collectors and the discovery that I would rather paint than pursue any other work.
In 2016, I began exhibiting my work regularly and have shown in such galleries as La luz De Jesus and The Hive Gallery. My artwork has been commissioned by such notable celebrities as Travie McCoy and David Duchovny and some of my Saturday Morning Tiki artwork has been licensed by Viacom International, Inc. for use on Nickelodeon Television. I primarily spend my time painting from my art studio in Santa Ana, California, and whenever possible perform with the theatrical sci-fi metal band Morbid Eclipse.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Everyone’s experience with artwork is subjective and personal. When I paint, I have two objectives in mind. The first is simply to enjoy the process for myself. Art is therapeutic and I can spend whole days lost in the paintings I am working on. The second goal is to create something that is aesthetically pleasing to a viewer. I’d like people to stop and be pulled into a finished painting wherever it is on display. If I got lost in the painting and the finished piece is attractive, then my art is a success. Of course, there is always a deeper message in everything I paint. However, this message is not necessary to enjoy the painting and may not be obvious to every person. I often explore themes related to escapism, nostalgia, and optimism/pessimism about society and the future.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
One of the best parts of putting your art in the world is getting to engage with other artists. Take the time to go and appreciate art you like in person. If you live nearby galleries, go to openings and talk to people in attendance. If you can’t make it to events in person, reach out to other artists you like and start a conversation. With social media, it has never been easier to meet interesting people with shared interests. I’ve met many artists online that have become incredible friends in real life.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I regularly exhibit in Los Angeles at art galleries and pop up art events. The best way to learn about exhibits is to follow my Instagram or sign up for my mailing list on my website. Even if you cannot afford an original painting there are ways to support your favorite artists. The best way to support an artist is to share their work with as many people as possible. Either share links to their art, share pictures on social media with their name tagged, or show up to their live events with friends. If you want to add new artwork to your home or collection, visit my websites and don’t hesitate to send me a personal message. I love meeting art enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Hive Gallery: 4/7-4/28
Garage Gallery: 4/20-5/25
El Cuervo Gallery: 4/28-5/26
Santa Clarita City Hall: 3/3-6/1
- Address: Santa Ana, CA 92704
- Website: www.speczacular.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speczacular/
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(c) Zachary Benson Friedberg