Jason Limon was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he continues to reside with his wife and two daughters. In early 2007 he moved from a twelve year career in graphic design to painting and illustrating full-time. He has had a recent solo exhibition at Bold Hype Gallery in New York city and has exhibited work in galleries across the U.S. and in parts of Europe. His art has been published in a variety of publications and have received awards and accolades from Communication Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Print Regional and Graphis Design Annual.
This is our 4th Run with Jason, you can his latest Run which is entitled Mimic at 1xRun.com. You can also see Jason’s past Runs in the 1xRun Archives. Read on for the 1xRun Thru Interview with Jason Limon.
1xRUN Thru Interview – Jason Limon – Mimic
1xRUN: What materials was Mimic originally printed on/drawn with?
Jason Limon: The original was painted with acrylic on canvas.
1xRUN: Is the original still for sale?
Jason Limon: The original is available directly though me. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/inquiries.
1xRUN: When was Mimic drawn/created?
Jason Limon: October 2011 – January 2012
1xRUN: Is there anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Jason Limon: This plant-form has overwhelmed a human body and has grown to reflect it’s seed.
1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution of Mimic came about?
Jason Limon: This plant-form has overwhelmed a human body and has grown to reflect it’s seed. I’ve been telling a story with my previous images that involves plant-life overtaking the planet. In the story I try to imagine how things would play out and how the plants might go about overtaking other species and how they may look if they begin to combine with those other species.
1xRUN: How long did the it take from start to finish?
Jason Limon: It took about four months between other projects.
1xRUN: What is unique about Mimic?
Jason Limon: I do my best to explore new elements and use of color to create images that people may have never seen before. I try to trigger the imagination of others so they may look into the work and set wonder into what may be happening in this painting.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this ?
Jason Limon: It is an instance in this story I plan on telling throughout my life. It is unique and different and is part of something bigger in the end.
1xRUN: Describe Mimic in one gut reaction word.
Jason Limon: Thrive.
1xRUN: When did you first start making art?
Jason Limon: I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, but after high school I had it set in my mind that I would work every day to develop images that might hang on walls to tell a story.
1xRUN: What was your first piece?
Jason Limon: The first piece I ever remember creating was in crayon that I did at about age five. It was me standing up on a hill with a big word bubble above my head that said “help!” in bold color. At the bottom of the hill was a police car with little lines drawn on the lights to represent flashing. Of course, I don’t remember what it all meant though, obviously, there was some rough moments growing up. In high school things were more abstract, then I focused on drawing in college.
1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?
Jason Limon: When I was a kid I loved cowboy art, Frederic Remington. I guess that’s the Texas in me. Later on it was the surrealist painters.
1xRUN: What artists inspire you now?
Jason Limon: Now it’s mainly a bunch of living artists that I’ve been fortunate to share walls with.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Jason Limon: I’ve had the chance to collaborate with my good friends, Colin Johnson and Dan May. I’d love to do more with a long list of artists I’ve shown with in the past.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Jason Limon: Oh that’s a tough one. I wouldn’t want to mess up any masterpieces :)
1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Jason Limon: I do listen to music. A big variety of all sorts of stuff (besides country and pop). I also listen to various podcasts, most about paranormal and sci-fi. Other times I have Netflix playing documentaries and movies, mostly about war history.
1xRUN: What was the first and last piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Jason Limon: I’ve done lots of trades growing up. I just recently started working on a wall of small art, some are purchases, some are trades. I think the first one was from the illustrator, Steve Adams. I’ll be looking to add some trades soon.
1xRUN: What else do you have currently in the works?
Jason Limon: I release some art, mostly small stuff every first of each month through my shop, thefirstof.com also I have a some other upcoming events:
April: I Like Soup at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
I have a few process shots on instagram@jasonlimon
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