viernes, 12 de septiembre de 2014


I've always loved drawing for as long as I can remember. I have pictures of monsters that I did at the age of three and I feel most at home with a pencil in my hand. I also work in acrylics, oils and occasionally digital... but everything always starts with drawing. I went to college for a few years but left when I started doing more illustration than actual homework assignments. I became a professional freelance artist in 1988 and have worked on many publications, games and projects since then. Beginning with TSR, Dragon magazine and later progressing into ccg's such as Magic: The Gathering and Rage.
In 2001, with the prospect of a child coming into view, I decided to get serious. I renewed my efforts, began seek out my own, self directed, education and build a stronger discipline. I allowed myself to obsess on what I love to do.
In 2010 two major things happened. I wrote, illustrated and published a young adult novel called "The Witches' Kitchen" for Little Brown and I met Guillermo Del Toro and was asked to do pre-production concept work on the film "At the Mountains of Madness" (which is currently on hold). Most recently I've done concept work for Guillermo's "Pacific Rim," Darren Aronofsky's film "Noah" and book cover work for TOR. In 2013 I was honored to be the recipient of the Spectrum Gold Award for concept art.
I still just draw most of the time whether anyone pays me to or not... occasionally I write and now I am beginning to paint, again.


                         Autoritratto in notturno


                                          Two Flying Figures


JOAQUIN JARA, Barcelona, Spain, 1977 Joaquin Jara is a multidisciplinary artist. All of his aspects, from interventions in natural and urban environments to painting, sculpture, and experimental movies, converge on a common objective: -understanding the creation process of the portrait as a piece. Within the internal processes which shape a creation, we can witness a dialog between matter (used to construct), intentionality (energy that generates the work), space (in which the expression is executed), and time (the transformation element). These processes and the dialog between them generate a performance in itself, due to unexpected events, which become an existential question; overcoming thought, which is nothing compared with the image of the world captured emotionally, an image that appears as a revelation. The portrait is displayed as an object subject to internal and external forces, those of the environment, which generate constant changes. Therefore, it will be a representation of the subject processes. An instant inside a sequence of images in continuous transformation. An image saved, which does not illustrate identity, but testifies it. An image without a possible conclusion, as it resides on instability. 


"I was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation.
My inspirations have been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that my grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where I was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day.
But most of all, life is my inspiration. The way I comprehend it, and myself. People are my inspiration. The state of a human soul - dreams, longing, love, pain - that is what my visual images are about. 

I have been exhibiting my artwork internationally since age of 15." JB