Colorado-based artist Joseph Martinez brings us his latest No Strings Attached, a follow up image to his beloved Fuck You Pay Me. Switching the focus from Mickey to Pinocchio this latest print was created with a mix of gouache and real money right in it. Be sure to snag this one while you still can, the edition will be set to the number closed and then they’re gone…
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece…
Joseph Martinez: This piece is the follow up of the Mickey Mouse we released. I have a few characters that I wanted to be a part of this series and Pinocchio was the next runner up.
1x: Was this piece part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Joseph Martinez: This is just a personal series that I have as a side project, it hasn’t been shown other than through the print releases.
1x: What materials were used to create this piece with?
Joseph Martinez: This is gouache and currency collage into it.
1x: When was this piece created and how long did it take to complete?
Joseph Martinez: This piece was finished up this year in January. I believe a couple days working on it here and there, as mentioned before its a side project that allows me to be distracted from oil painting.
1x: Tell us a little bit about your process and how the idea and execution came about for this piece?
Joseph Martinez: The process is pretty simple to start off with, I just lay out the silhouette of the image then I have to go in and lay down the line work for all of the triangles, picking the palette then execution. I eventually go back and change some colors afterwards that seem a little out of place.
1x: How long did this piece take to complete?
Joseph Martinez: I believe a couple days working on it here and there, as mentioned before its a side project that allows me to be distracted from oil painting.
1x: What do you feel is unique about this piece compared to some of your other work?
Joseph Martinez: Most of my work for a while has been realistic oil painting, and this one is a total different medium with a graphic look. I like the challenge of stepping away from blending colors.
1x: Describe these piece in one gut reaction word.
Joseph Martinez: Childhood.
1x: What are your plans for 2016? Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Joseph Martinez: Painting Larger definitely is one focus for me in 2016, I am also exploring personal works that I have been wanting to see made, experimenting with subject matters and being more honest with the work.
1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Joseph Martinez: Instagram @josephmrtnz