Interview with Jonathan Bergeron aka Johnny Crap
No Comments | April 27, 2011
What’s your name?
Where did you grow up?
Beloeil, a suburb of Montreal in Quebec.
Where do you live now?
How old are you?
What is your educational background? What, if anything, did you study?
I am a self taught artist, who studied graffiti, punk/harcore album covers & skateboard deck art on his own time.
How do you make a living?
It’s a 50/50 split between “Fine” art & band shirt designs.
How long have you been making art, and what role does that play in your life?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember but I really fell into art when I started doing graffiti in the early 90’s. Around 95 I picked up the brushes when my mother gave me her set of oil paint.
I am now lucky enough to say that art is what I do, my personal escape & on top of it it’s my “Job”.
What does “art” mean to you?
That’s a tough one. Not sure how to answer that.
What role does drawing play in your work? Is it a means to an end, or an end in and of itself?
I love drawing, I even sometime prefer looking at drawings from other artists more than their paintings. I find that it gives you a better insight to their true personality.
& there is no end.
What would you consider your “style” of art to be, if you have one?
I would fall into the Pop-Surrealist category…
What’s your weapon of choice? What medium and drawing tool do you prefer to use?
For drawings, I always love pencil but most of my inking is done with a simple Pentel Pocket Brush pen. Rives paper is also a favourite.
Are there any people that influenced you that stand out? What current artists do you follow?
Todd Scorr, Robert Williams, Rick Griffin, Jim Phillips are old faves, and right now I really like Craola, Martin Wittfooth, Travis Louie & Viktor Safonkin’s artwork. I have a terrible memory of names, I could probably think of hundreds but can’t remember anything that isn’t an image. Haha.
What are you currently working on?
A couple of commissions, including a Mona Lisa/Calavera mash up for another artist as well as a couple of themed paintings for group shows at Gallery 1988.
What would you tell aspiring artists?
To keep at it. Try to find their own thing & to push it. It’s not easy, lots of ups & down, especially if that’s all you do, but at the end it’s worth it because you do it for yourself by yourself.
What websites can we find you on?