Gregory Archuleta: “An Open Door”

Artist name: Gregory Archuleta

Featured Work 1: “City Circus”

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Gregory Archuleta uses his rich imagination and superb skills in drawing, composition and colorization to depict vivid and mysterious images. His works are organic, emotive and striking. His characters often appear haunting or haunted, wavering between reality and fiction.

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

Art to me is an open door to infinite ideas and creations that would otherwise not be expressed. Its a way to link the internal mind to the material world and a mental therapy in order to let yourself let go of the usual stresses and worries and express true feeling without boundaries or limits.

2. What did you make in the past and why?

One of my past project I was working on was a triptych of three women, all in monochrome; one blue, the others red and green. The theme was more dark since it was near Halloween. The meaning behind it was to express the feeling of solitude and emptiness — being alone with your fears. Though people create a happy image on the surface there are deeper complexities like fears, doubt and self criticism. I feel showing and acknowledging that allows people to be more comfortable with dealing with it.

3. What are you making now and why?

[In 2016] I was working on a set of digital landscapes painted in Photoshop, for the Pancakes and Booze traveling art show that took place in November in Austin. These ones are kind of like a 180 from the last set. Their landscapes are based on photos sent to me by people — it’s a way to express the simplicity and beauty of the world around us. I want the viewer to be calmed by them and to have a moment to let go of the daily worries; something just simple and beautiful.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

For the future, I hope to start showing more at conventions and to be able to do more commissions. I also want to eventually work my way up to having an article about me somewhere in one of my favorite art magazines, that would be a dream come true! Other than that, to just keep doing what I’m doing and work on more art.

5. What else would you like to say?

To anyone wanting to be an artist, all I can say is just do it all the time —  it sounds cliche but that’s the secret. Also, look at a lot of artists, its great to have others to look up to! Though being an artist might seem like a slow path at times, I find it the most rewarding as well.

Artist Supplied Background:

Gregory Archuleta is an illustrator who was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He got a lot of his inspiration through surrealist galleries, local artists and art magazines, such as Juxtapoz and then later, Hi Fructose. He went to college at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where he got his Bachelors in Illustration and learned new mediums, such as digital and oil paints. From there, he moved to Austin, TX where he is currently working freelance along with occasional art shows.

Find more of his work on Instagram, Deviant Art and Facebook.

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5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers
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