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Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Whitaker.

Blake, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am originally from Seattle WA where I graduated from the University of Washington School of Art in 2006 with an interdisciplinary visual arts degree. In 2011 I moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of creative aspirations that weren’t fully clear. I jumped from job to job, working on my art on the side, until deciding to go back to school to obtain an MFA in 2014. I attended CalArts’ experimental animation MFA program and graduated in the spring of 2017. After graduation, I have been working in my studio, mostly on visual art related to painting and animation. I work full time as a professional muralist and have completed dozens of murals and decorative art projects in the greater Los Angeles area. I’m currently engrossed in my personal practices and spend much of my free time working in my studio located at Little Tokyo Art Complex in DTLA. I’m currently very excited about my practices and where my art is headed.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a visual artist who creates 2d physical work such as paintings and sculptures and an animator that works with both character-driven film and experimental installation, such as projection mapping and light visuals. I hop back and forth between the two and find interesting and unique ways to express myself in both media. Thematically I’m influenced by classical mastery of painting and illustration from the 19th century. My paintings look to explore old and sometimes cliche themes of natural beauty and Eden like euphoria with a sense of humor.

I’m deeply involved in trying to push my technical aspects of my paintings as far as I can. I gravitate towards classical themes like the landscape and figure, and I use that as a means to evoke an emotional response from the viewer, hopefully, positive and nostalgic. I do this by focusing on lighting, perspective, composition, color and other academic tools of picture creation. I feel these foundations when mastered, are great ways to express an artistic vision.

I tend to push my self into more exploratory work when experimenting with 21st-century technology like projection mapping or installation. When I work with that media, I tend to create with a more loose aesthetic and freer form of expression.

I want to be in a calm and relaxed state most of the time, and I think my art is reflecting that more and more. This probably explains my direction and ideals of my practices, I hope the viewer and can join me it my fantastical bliss.

How can artists connect with other artists?
You can go to openings of shows or galleries. You can also join a community studio where you can be in close proximity to other working artists. Both are good ways to network. Being alone is ok, I’ve learned to separate my social and work life in a way that feels balanced to me.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I post most of my work on Instagram @mcblizzyb and you can DM me for prices or commissions,

My side project Baked Potato Cartoon is also online but is different than my fine art practices. Check it out for some stoner nonsense fun.

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