What’s going on everybody, back with another post. This time I was able to sit down and speak with an artist known as The Lie. Jay Turner, or The Lie, graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg with a degree in Game Art & Design. After college he spent some time working as a package designer/illustrator. The Lie has a very unique style of artwork and has a cool story, so check out the interview below!
- What’s going on man, why don’t you introduce yourself to those who don’t know who you are.
– My name is Jay Turner aka Lie.
- Sweet, so when did you first start getting into Art?
-I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. I was always the kid in the group that could draw really well (looking back… I sucked, but maybe I just sucked a little less than all the other kids), so when I started being able to pick classes in school I took every art class I could.
- Haha, that sounds like a lot of Artists, we always critique ourselves very hard. What inspired you to create Art when you were younger, what continues to inspire you now?
- Awesome, I think I have that same exact mindset. So your name, The Lie, how did you come up with that name?
- Man, that’s a super cool way to look at it. I definitely dig the meaning behind it. I have a question about college, I currently attend The Art Institute of Chicago, you graduated from college, do you think it’s necessary to go to Art school or college to study art, or can you make it without a degree? What benefits were you able to receive vs someone without a college degree?
- That’s a great answer, I truly believe education is key, but in some cases with art, if you truly have the talent, you can make it without the degree…. I really like your artwork, but have no idea how to describe it. How would you describe your style of art?
-I’m happy it’s hard to describe because it makes me different, until someone asks me this question… I’m new to spray paint. I learned about how awesome it was only 3 years ago. Because I wasn’t taught by an OG graf guy or grew up using it, I kind of made my own technique as to how to apply it. So here it goes… I use traditional canvas painting techniques mixed with classic spray paint techniques, mixed with modern street artist techniques, with a comic, realistic, abstract, look to it with some minor classic graffiti elements. Haha, did I nail it?
- Haha there you go, you said it a lot better than I could have. What makes you The Lie, stand out from other artists?
- When it comes to art, do you think that artists should describe the true message behind their piece of art? Or should it be up to the viewer’s imagination?
- Jean-Luc Godard said it best, “Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self” Throughout your years of creating art, what have you taken away from it? What life lessons have you learned from creating?
1. Do what makes you happy otherwise what’s the point?
2. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it hurts sometimes. Plus, who cares? If you’re worried about it, then you’re making art for the wrong reason.
3. Don’t make enemies. You should be more concerned with being friendly and learning from people around you. You’ll get further and better faster.
4. The classic “It’s all about who you know.” Whatever it is you want to do, submerse yourself in it and start making friends. I’m a super quiet guy and am not really a big fan of meeting/talking to new people. I know it’s hard, but get yourself out there. Get noticed and be friendly.
5. Make shit happen. No one is going to do it for you. And, why would you want them to? You can do it, and better anyways.
6. Never give up.
- Those are all great lessons, I truly believe 4. is the best advice for people. Get out and network with people, you never know what that person can do for you. Last year at Lollapalooza I saw your artwork for the first time. How was that experience? Did they just randomly contact you to do those murals?
- Yeah I’m sure that was awesome, a festival like that you probably gained a ton of new fans. Paper Crown Gallery, explain a little bit about your gallery.
- Haha I love the I can do whatever I want line, so tell us, why did you create it and how can artists get their work into your gallery?
- Awesome, I definitely want to come and check out the Gallery sometime soon. What advice do you have for any new artists trying to make their brand successful, or just come up in the art scene?
- Bingo, there you have it artists, ^^ read that if you want to learn how to impress others with your art. What’s next for The Lie?