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Art & Life with Jeremy Kyle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Kyle.

Jeremy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story begins as struggling child with dyslexia who was naturally drawn to creativity. I was surrounded by friends and family members who were natural academics. I didn’t fit in, and I certainly didn’t fit in at school, I failed English and struggled with math. but I excelled in the creative arts.

When I wasn’t painting and drawing I was playing hockey and basketball shooting hoops with my cousins in the weekends wearing my Chicago Bulls singlets and Air Jordan sneakers. Little did I know that a few years later the Bulls would become one of my biggest clients where they approached and commissioned me to paint a series of artworks for their 50th Anniversary, and also a series of feature artworks for their Presidential Suites at the United Center. Furthermore, I even receive a personal letter from Michael Jordan.

My story is a long one, and somewhat interesting, from being featured on various TV interviews and News Papers outlets, to painting for the United Nations; at the end of the day I attribute my success to my faith in God. (Psalm 37: 4-5). I am a struggling academic, but I believe when we commit our dreams, abilities and weaknesses to God, He opens impossible doors and gives us the desires of our hearts.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a specialist in watercolor and ink mixed media, and I couple that with my background in design. I understand what makes an image really visually powerful (the design elements and principals: color, balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast, space….), and apply that to the way I create my paintings. I absolutely love the liquid medium as they are firstly difficult to master and secondly, they can create so many layers of texture, depth, color variation and vibrancy. The typical subjects I focus on are sport and animals, but I love political artworks too as I have a keen interest in this area, and I find that art is a powerful medium to express my thoughts and ideas.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success is a relative thing to each individual, it depends on where you are at. At the beginning of your career success is possibly just having a website and a basic online interest in your work, experimenting with various mediums and subjects, and seeing what the outside world engages with. For others who have been painting for years success might be selling 2 – 3 paintings a month and have a handful of regular clients. Everything I believe is in proportion to where you are at in your career, and also what goals you have set for yourself.

A couple of thing which are essential for success are:
– A consistent brand & logo which people can identify your work online and in public
– A website + social media + a clean gallery showcasing your work
– Actively painting and putting your work in the public eye
– Hear out people’s feedback and their ideas. Don’t be prideful.
– Be prepared to learn new skills & go into areas you’re unfamiliar with. Say yes, learn later. – Be Humble, be open.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The easiest place to find my work is online here: www.jeremykyleart.com – or on any social media under @jeremykyleart. Should you wish to support my work you can follow me or buy my work on my website.

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Image Credit:
Jeremy Kyle / Artist

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