Nathan Jurevicius Returns With Peleda Mask

1xRUN Thru Interview
Peleda Mask by Nathan Jurevicius

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, when was it drawn and created?
Nathan Jurevicius:  The owl pattern was originally derived from a design I did many years ago as a collaboration with illustrator Andrea Kang. The shape of the head is based on a Korean face mask.3633402546_75680fc29b_o1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?    
Nathan Jurevicius:  Peleda is the Lithuanian word for ‘Owl’. I’ve been developing the world of Peleda for many years and have been using various sections of this pattern over that time. I was given some herbal Korean face masks from my friend/collaborator Andrea Kang and they have a skull-like appearance to them. I roughly drew the shape digitally and placed the pattern on top.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?     
Nathan Jurevicius:  It’s a fusion of 2 cultures (Lithuania and Korea). My heritage is Lithuanian and owls feature a lot in my work.Face-Maskwebowlmaskprocess1xRun: Why should people buy this print?    
Nathan Jurevicius:  This is the first time an owl mask has been released as a screen print.

1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.     
Nathan Jurevicius:  Chaos.1xRun_Nathan_Jurevicius_Peleda_Mask_Web011xRun: When did you first start making art?  What was your first piece?     
Nathan Jurevicius:  At 6 my dad sat my down outside his art studio with markers and paper. I sold the drawings to people passing by for 50 cents. Professionally I’ve been creating art since high school (worked freelance for designing for a silk screening company). My first piece was titled ‘woman with a fly on her nose in a phone booth’ (age 6).

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?  What artists inspire you now? 
Nathan Jurevicius:  Our friends had a Hieronymus Bosch calendar on the back of their bathroom door. I’d spend hours in their looking over it.  My dad (potter/painter) has always been a big inspiration and encouragement.  I love sculptors – Barbara Hepworth is a favorite. Francis Bacon’s paintings are really inspiring.  Picasso is always a favorite.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work?
Nathan Jurevicius:  I listen to lots of audio books. I’m currently going through Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ series for the 4th time.


1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?  Any deceased artist? 
Nathan Jurevicius:   I’d love to collaborate with George Romero on a project. I’ve always wanted to do a crazy horror film and he has such a great sensibility. For the latter, River Phoenix. I’d want him as the lead actor in the horror film.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? The last?
Nathan Jurevicius: I think it was a piece by Jeff Raglus. I still have it stored at my friends house in Rhode Island. The last was a pencil sketch by Junko Mizuno. peledawindupweb1xRun: You are crazy busy lately, catch us up on what you’ve been doing? 
Nathan Jurevicius:   I’m collaborating with my brother on a tv and game for the ABC in Australia (will be completed later in 2013). I’m also creating a series of illustrations for the ‘Electric Daisy Carnival’ music festival.Jurevicius Austrailia1xRun: Where else can people find you?    
Nathan Jurevicius:  WebsiteFacebookTwitter