Artist Spotlight - Bunny!XLV
James Nienhuis A.K.A. Bunny!XLV is a Chicago based artist originally from Costa Rica. We got to hear how what started from a love of comic books grew and evolved from there.
How did you get started with art?
I started at a young age, I was more attuned to comic books around then so I started making up comic book characters based off of Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and the far side.
Are you self taught or did you have formal training?
I started out being self taught and then I did attend an artist college in San Jose, Costa Rica after I moved there after high school. I moved back to the US and have an associate degree in graphic design and a BFA from SAIC.
How do you describe your particular style of art?
I usually describe it as inspired by wabi sabi, which is a Japanese term to describe finding beauty in imperfections found in repetition. So it’s a blend of that and usage of gestural lines and bold characters.
What do you do to help get yourself out of a creative block?
Usually I’ll try to attend art shows or go to the museum. Those have mainly been the Art Institute, Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. But a good vacation certainly helps too, seeing new things in general.
What is an obstacle you've overcome that you're most proud of?
Opening an artist studio in Pilsen, it's provided a forum to showcase work and keep on working on new projects.
What's one piece of advice you wish you knew when you were starting out?
After high school I wish I just went for it to be honest. Or that I wasn’t heeded by the notion that it was impossible to become a working artist.
What's one of your goals for 2019?
Getting more walls, and opening an artist studio/gallery in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Stay tuned!
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