March 08, 2019 2 min read 2 Comments

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.

bunny!XLV chicago street artist
IG: @bunny_xlv

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.

bunny!XLV chicago artist painting
IG: @bunny_xlv

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!

bunny!xlv costa rica mural
IG: @bunny_xlv

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PakRat Ink was created from an obsession with street art. Fueled by a desire to make and create something different, this is the first streetwear brand of its kind. Our city focused brand collaborates with local street artists to transform their street art into unique streetwear pieces. Each design begins with an actual photograph of the mural so all of the beautiful, real life details from the artwork are captured. From the texture of a brick wall or wooden fence to the weathered paint chippings, we see the beauty in these imperfections and use them to create something extraordinary. We produce everything in-house at our location in Chicago to ensure the highest quality possible. Find Out More.

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Marc zimmerman
Marc zimmerman

August 25, 2019

I’m In tamarindo today would love to visit gallery nimbu for an article I’m finishing on Chicago Central American artists you can call me on what’s app at 8326031433 we’re at hotel suizo capitán but leave tomorrow noon. Send me address tel number y when we can meet late afternoon or tomorrow morning Marc Zimmerman mzimmermam1939@gmail.con

Marc zimmerman
Marc zimmerman

August 25, 2019

I’m In tamarindo today would love to visit gallery nimbu for an article I’m finishing on Chicago Central American artists you can call me on what’s app at 8326031433 we’re at hotel suizo capitán but leave tomorrow noon. Send me address tel number y when we can meet late afternoon or tomorrow morning Marc Zimmerman mzimmermam1939@gmail.con

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