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Art & Life with Randal Huiskens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randal Huiskens.

Randal, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in painting. As a young artist at this time, I had no idea how to market myself, and took a job in retail while continuing to paint. I moved to Chicago in 1990, and continued trying to market my art while working a series of retail jobs. At this time, my paintings were mostly post-Impressionism with some Cubism thrown in. In 1999, I started a website development company which I ran until 2012. Through all this, I continued painting and trying to market my art. In 2012, I had a realization… my art style had evolved through experimentation, and I realized I was moving towards more of a Pop Art style. Once I embraced the idea of being a Pop Artist, my work started selling on a regular basis, and I was able to close my business and become a full-time artist.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
To create great Pop Art, you have to present something that has been seen before in a new way. It is this fundamental realization that has led my artwork to evolve from 19th century style Post Impressionism into 21st century individual expression. I am influenced by both Pop Artists and traditional Fine Artists. In the beginning, for me, there was Cezanne. I was captivated by his use of color, a melange of different shades and hues suggesting shadow and light on the simplest of flat surfaces. By combining this concept of color with the method of divisionism and the subjects of Pop Art, I feel I am merging two disparate types of art… creating Pop Art with a Fine Art sensibility.

My artwork is about the act of painting itself. It also deals with the dichotomy of creating art that shows knowledge of the history of art and furtherance of that history, while also being art that anyone can view and appreciate. Thus, I incorporate accessible subject matter as a motif to explore more involved painting challenges. I strive to create works that the layperson can appreciate for their subjectual content, while also being works that the artist or historian can appreciate for the artistic issues explored.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Go to art openings to see new work whenever you can. This is a great way to network, meet other artists, and establish relationships with galleries. While one can have great success working from your studio and selling online, it does get lonely. Like any endeavor, getting out and getting face time with others in your field will help in getting exposure, and curb the “lonely artist”effect.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
At the time, I am not represented by any particular gallery, although I do have exhibitions in Chicago and throughout the Midwest from time to time. My work is available online through several websites:
This is my official artist website.
On this website you can purchase original paintings and signed prints.
On this website you can order custom prints of my work, and select any size, matting and framing you like.
This is my painting blog, where I show each new work on a regular basis

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Randal Huiskens

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