“I want making art to be my job, I want people to know me through my artwork”
AJ Redmond is a prolific artist who enjoys creating scenes that pay homage to his hometown of the past decade, Santa Cruz, CA. Born in Oceanside, California in 1989, and relocated to Santa Cruz, AJ has quickly become a fixture in his community by capturing the details of Santa Cruz’s most popular pastimes, bike and motorcycle culture, and landmarks.
AJ reports knowing that he wanted to be an artist since he was a young child and saw a mural on the wall of his preschool classroom. He proceeded to develop more technical skills in later years through art classes at school. In 2011, AJ joined The Claraty Arts Project, a Santa Cruz based organization dedicated to the empowerment and education of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, which has been a support in jumpstarting his artistic career. Since working with The Claraty Arts Project, AJ’s work has been featured at multiple exhibitions in the Bay Area, Southern California and most recently at the Art + Autism show in Dallas, Texas.
AJ exhibits natural talent in any medium he utilizes, his favorite being pen and ink which best demonstrates his meticulous eye for detail, “I try to capture details and textures to express the beauty in real life.” It typically takes AJ about a month to complete one of his sought-after ink drawings.
AJ employs an interesting process when creating his pieces. He will generally start in a corner or in the center of his piece and work out from this starting point to complete the piece. He typically utilizes a reference image to start from and then creates sketches and unique proportions for his drawings in his mind. Observers of AJ’s process can see that his eye is attracted to patterns not seen by most and he completes sections of his drawings using different shading patterns based on these patterns in sequence. The result is an impressive vision of a world that is beyond the perspective of most.
AJ hopes that joining ArtLifting will help him to better market his work and create a name for himself as an artist.read more
Prints by AJ Redmond
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