Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jesse Quam - Painter

American Gothic
Jesse Quam

Name: Jesse Quam
City/State: Callaway, MN
Email: info (at)

Bio: Jesse Quam is known for doing surreal, abstract, cartoon-infused carnage that stimulates the visual cortex and transcends your mind to a place of none existence. His unique style is influenced by primitive video games from the seventies, pop music, and average everyday people.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I’ve been creating abstract, cartoon-infused carnage for the past ten years.
I’m currently working on ten new paintings 30 inches x 30 inches, acrylic and spray paint on canvas. I’ve been creating art full-time for the past five months. I’ve had more time to focus on style, depth, and color.

The Harvest

How did you decide to become an artist?
I’ve been an artist my whole life. But, I was given the opportunity to create art with Richard Mock in North Dakota at the Plains Art Museum in 2000. Richard Mock said to me “You’re a fucking artist.” It stuck! It also helped hearing those words of encouragement from an amazing artist.  Richard Mock

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
“Good luck!” -Judy Chicago

The Invasion

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
 I’ve struggled a lot with this for the past ten years. I’ve made it a point this year to put more time into using social networking on the internet to promote my work.

Where do we go now?

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Rob McBroom
Nick Howard
Rudy Fig
Sara Kathryn Udvig

We’re Here

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
BeanstalkProject Mural in Northern Minnesota

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

I Love Minnesota

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Ten new 30”x 30” paintings projected to be finished in early 2013.

Jesse Quam

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