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Today we’d like to introduce you to Hutch Heelan.

Hutch, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I did some pretty advanced stuff in kindergarten haha… Before I had formed any concept of what art even was, I would draw things that I’d seen on the old 3 Stooges VHS tapes we watched as kids. I moved on to emulating Bart Simpson and Andy Capp style cartoons, and also consumed a ton of MAD Magazine throughout my childhood. MAD really got me interested in the grotesque illustration style (I particularly loved Basil Wolverton’s awful illustrations).

I come from a family full of artists and creative funny people, so I also had all of those influences to grow up around and absorb. My Mom was quite a wonderful artist, and she and I would often collaborate on fun projects like making funny little bizarre dolls, marionettes, and all sorts of stuff. She was also very supportive of my art and always made a point to get me fresh art supplies for my Birthday and Christmas. My choice of medium eventually branched out to music, where I played bass and recorded records with several bands and also put out two records of my own songs. The art and music then led me to develop a strong interest in film, which I saw as a great way to incorporate sensibilities from all of the art forms I love. All the while I’ve also informally practiced my comedic skills and my creativity with words… I think creativity in writing may reveal itself to be my favorite form of them all.

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 typically create paintings or illustrations, which would mostly fall somewhere into a “Pop- Art” or “Low Brow” art category. I’ve also done quite a bit of sculpture and ceramics, but the bulk of what I create tends to be 2D. Most of the time I’m not consciously thinking of conveying a particular message with my work. I think it often is just something that bubbles up from my subconscious. From time to time there is a more specific message I aim to get across, whether political or more often some sort of social commentary. I also just love random funniness, which is what I often go for. I really love people watching. LA has lots of different characters to observe in your day to day, and you see types of people you could have never dreamed even would exist in this world. Often my work derives its comic value from the physical characteristics or stylistic choices that my characters have made for themselves. What’s the deal with that haircut? Oh, I see, you’re wearing THAT t-shirt with THOSE rollerblades AND smoking a cigarette? People do funny things, and sometimes even some of the sadder stranger parts of how we live can be funny.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Explore whatever piques your interest and don’t limit yourself to one medium or style… But then, contradictorily, I’d say after you’ve sewn your wild creative oats for a bit… Maybe try to hone in your focus and not chase so many impulses. As someone with a broad range of creative interests and disciplines I’ve developed, it has been both a blessing and a bit of a challenge. The more interests you have the more spread out and unfocused you can become. So yeah! That’s something I’ve been working on a lot lately is getting a bit more laser-beam. Haha.

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?
It’s been too long since I’ve been in an art show, and I’ve had good success when I’ve been involved in shows… So that’s something I’m working on getting together now. I don’t currently have anything on the calendar for exhibitions, but as things come up I will share the info through my Instagram, etc. Anyone interested in following my art or buying a piece from me should follow me on Instagram @hutchheelanart and browse through the shop link in my bio. At any given moment I’ve got 20-30 pieces up for grabs through there, with new stuff coming in regularly.

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Profile pic of myself is a photo by Matt Cosby

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