1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this original piece, is it still for sale? What materials did you use to create this image?
Jason Freeny: This digital version was created in 2008 using Maya and Photoshop. It took approximately 3 weeks from start to finish.The original painting was sold in 1992.1
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Jason Freeny: This was one of my earliest conceptions as an artist. Originally created as a painting in 1992 in a series of works depicting how the mouse might eventually die. In 2007 I wanted to create an animation of this piece and spent a good two weeks doing so. This image is a still of the final frame of that animation with some lighting alterations…
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Jason Freeny: The original painting was sold to an anonymous art director at Disney studios. This was also my very first manipulation of a recognizable character.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Jason Freeny: To help support my sculpting habit.
1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Jason Freeny: Ouch.1xRun: It’s been a little bit since your last release with us, what have you been up to so far in 2013?
Jason Freeny: My sculpts have taken on a life of their own. A solo show in Los Angeles with pieces being grabbed up by some very notable collectors.
1xRun: Nychos is another artist that we work with frequently, I heard rumblings that you two were going to work together on something, any truth to that?
Jason Freeny: I met Nychos online after discovering some of his graffiti work. He has a very unique style and excellent execution. He shares my love of looking at things in 3 dimensions, exploring both the surface and interior of objects and characters. We tossed around a few ideas on a collaboration but have yet to nail down the best approach…
1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Jason Freeny: I started professionally in 1992. My first piece was a cover illustration for International Tattoo Art Magazine titled “Fates that Await.” I got paid a whopping $100.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Jason Freeny: Early on: Dali, Escher, Gearge Petty. Now: Robert Williams.
- 1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Jason Freeny: Robert Williams. For the latter, it would be Claes Oldenberg. Giant puffy anatomy? Yes please :)
- 1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Jason Freeny: The first piece was a screen print by Frank Kozik. Yes I still have it. The last was Crayon Eater by James Jean.
1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Jason Freeny: Website – Facebook