Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Falcinelli.
Joe, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but my passion for Art really took off after my father passed away in 2002. The art class at school became a sort of sanctuary to me. I would skip my other classes just to come work on my projects. Instead of perusing art as a career I chose to find a different outlet for my creativity and a steadier paycheck at a bakery making pastries. It wasn’t until my wife and I got married in 2014 that I finally had a chance to dive back in to my passion for creating art. Since then I’ve been plugging away in my tiny studio producing my unique blend of street, stencil, and pop art on whatever the paint will stick too.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Recently, I have found an affinity for taking object that people may think is worthless and giving it new life. Vinyl records, old windows, ceramic tile, and reclaimed wood are just a few materials I have been recycling in to one of a kind works of upcycled pop art.
Most pieces start by painting an abstract background with multiple layers of paint using many different tools and techniques. I will then find an interesting image I can deconstruct in to two separate stencil layers. After the sketches are drawn and the stencils are cut, I lay the stencils over the canvas and spray paint the images on top of each other to recreate the image.
When choosing an image for my pieces I like to find subject matter that will make people happy or laugh a little bit. Some of my work will depict old pop culture references from my childhood and inspiring people who have influenced me in one way or another throughout my life. But, there is no better feeling then when I see someone look at my work and I see them smile or chuckle.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
One big challenge artist face, and one I struggle with from time to time, is that there are so many of us out there! How do I stand out from all the hundreds of thousands of amazing artists out there? The answer in my opinion is simply to do work, work, and more work! You have to work at selling yourself and your art to as many people as possible, then do all that over and over and over again. Artist need to find out who they are as artists and market themselves as such. Run it almost like you’re starting a small business, find your style or niche and then create your brand. That means creating something that is uniquely represents you, then create logos, business cards, social media, and websites to start promoting you brand. Having a strong work ethic is one major key to becoming a successful artist and overcoming the challenges of standing out from the crowd.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see and pick up my work right now at The Evanston Pop up Gallery in Downtown Evanston, IL. As well as online at BakerjoeArt.etsy.com. You can also stay updated on upcoming events and other news by following me @BakerjoeArt on Facebook & Instagram and my website www.bakerjoeart.com.
- Website: bakerjoeart.com
- Email: BakerjoeArt@gmail.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/bakerjoeart
- Facebook: facebook.com/BakerJoeArt