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Meet Chris Estrada of Farewell Transmission Prints in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Estrada.

Chris, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My interest in art and becoming an artist blossomed as my involvement with music, specifically punk and hardcore music, deepened. Starting with flyer designs for local shows, the creation and implication of art became a necessity to further my interests, as well as a means of expressing myself creatively.

Being unable to find an accessible channel of creating band merchandise became the launching point for teaching myself how to screenprint, which ultimately led me to study printmaking as a fine art. It was the D.I.Y. attitude of these music scenes that I found most appealing and instilled in me the understanding that opportunities won’t always be presented to you, so it’s important you create with and take advantage of the skillset you have at hand.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having grown up in an area with very little opportunity for artistic expression, it became clear early on that you were responsible for the creation of whatever path you wanted to follow. I was fortunate enough to find like-minded individuals interested in creating a community that would help facilitate growth as an artist. Relocation from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of nineteen allowed me the experience of total isolation from the art scene I had been involved in nurturing, as well as a unique glimpse into a culture that was entirely separate from my own.

Observing generous support for local artists and independent businesses in Salt Lake ran completely contrary to my own experiences growing up in Lake Elsinore, California, and provided a more community-based mindset that I have tried to apply to all facets of my life. Putting myself through college in my late 20’s may have been less than ideal, at times, but allowed me to face my study and pursuit of fine art from a much more mature standpoint, that I believe has helped shape the artist I am today.

Please tell us more about your art.
I am a multidisciplinary printmaker and the sole proprietor of Farewell Transmission Prints, which serves as a catch-all for whatever creative outlet I choose to pursue, at any given time. These interests range from gig posters, album artwork, garment design and printing as well as fine art prints. The ability to pursue these different avenues and the At the time of this interview I am preparing for my first solo exhibition, entitled “Knowhere To Go” which will have on display a body of work focused on the visceral reactions viewers have to the familiar sights of an Anytown, USA.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Throughout my whole life, my mom has been unrelentingly supportive in all of my artistic endeavors and her encouragement in my creative pursuits have existed for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite childhood memories is painting holiday ornaments with my mom and siblings, and though some of my color choices and painting techniques may have been “unrefined” as a child, she still lovingly hangs them up each and every year.

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