Jeremy Enecio was born in the Philippines, and moved to the United States when he was four. Fast forward to 2011, and this multiple award winning artist current lives in New York city and works as a freelance illustrator, gallery artist, and with a solid base in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Jeremy most recently had a solo show entitled “Embodiments” at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. Take a look at the short interview, and the images, then make sure to check out his homepage and keep checking in for new work.
Creep: You graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, can you tell us a bit about your experience there?
Jeremy: I loved it there. Of course, like any school, it had its ups and downs, but it really made me the person/artist I am today. MICA is more of a fine arts school, so a lot of traditional work was taught there. But it was also focused heavily on contemporary art. This fine arts influence could also be felt within the illustration program. I think that’s a really good thing for students to have in any art field.
Creep: What was your art like before you went to college? Is creating art something you have always done?
Jeremy: As most other artists would probably say, I’ve been drawing since before I could remember. Most of my work before college was fantasy based. I stayed away from elves and dragons, instead, trying to create my own mythologies. I’ve always had a preoccupation with tribal societies and how they look and interact. That’s always seemed to be a starting-off point for me when drawing.
Creep: Who are some of the artists that most influenced the style of you work?
Jeremy: I’d say the top of my list would include Phil Hale, James Jean, Kent Williams, Lucian Freud, Sam Weber, Zdzislaw Beksinski and tons of others. I’ll throw the Pre Raphaelites in there as well.
Creep: You work in both traditional materials and digital, which one do you prefer, and what hurdles did you have to overcome with each one?
Jeremy: Digital is definitely easier and faster, but they both have their challenges. When working digitally, I need to focus on how the texture is reading, and whether or not I’m achieving the right traditional feel. And obviously, when working traditionally, I can’t undo, or make quick color corrections, so it’s harder to experiment. I do prefer working digitally for quick turnaround jobs like video game concept art or editorials. But there’s just nothing like the satisfaction of holding a traditional piece in your hands.
Creep: You have been showing your work in galleries such as Gallery Nucleus, who are some contemporary artists you would love to show alongside?
Jeremy: I’d definitely love to show with artists like Andrew Hem, João Ruas, and (cross my fingers) Phil Hale.
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Jeremy. Make sure to check out his homepage, Blog, and twitter feed after looking at the images below.