I had the pleasure of meeting a legendary painter last night! Joshua Petker's star has been rising and soon will be a force to be reckoned with. I am so glad to be on this creative journey in Los Angeles watching all kinds of creative stars being born especially his! Joshua's paintings are haunting yet beautiful and have an essence of days and era's gone by. His own technique is impeccable and painstakingly perfected to his standard. His work is sought after and coveted by many collectors and is currently working on a myriad of art shows and fashion installations.
JP ~ "I used to say I was born in the wrong century. The way overly dramatic kids claim to be old souls living in the present day, I was convinced I was secretly an impressionist painter, meant more for turn of the century's demi-monde opulence rather than today's world of animators, illustrators, and monster movie artists. I didn't go to art school. I don't know all the proper techniques. I learned colour theory by doing graffiti, but the story of the graffiti-artist-turned-fine-art-painter has been played out since the mid-'80s. My own life seemed to be working against me. I was convinced I should have been born in 1850.Then I realized that I was approaching everything wrong. I live in Hollywood, this century's den of inequity and excess. I have eccentric colourful friends that rival the models of Degas and Renoir, I spend nights at Los Angeles bars that could rival those painted by Monet, and as this is 2007 I have access to neon pink and hot orange that I imagine even Van Gogh wouldn't know how to utilize. I am a contemporary painter interested in historic themes. There isn't anything wrong with that. I don't have any art school loans to pay back. I primarily paint women because I'm tremendously influenced by Klimt - and really focused on beauty."
Joshua Petker - Juxtapoz Magazine
www.joshuapetker.comHere is Joshua with my bestie Suzanne Marques of Good Day LA. We all went out last night on the town and had a blast. Her amazing blog is http://suzanne-marques.blogspot.com/