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Interview With JT Steiny

10:10 AM PDT on August 10, 2016

JT Steiny has been making art in the city of Los Angeles for years, including comics, watercolors, illustrations, and large scale paintings. His work has been featured in just about any art publication or magazine you can imagine, and he also teaches illustration at Otis College. He recently caught the eye of the nation by making the most amazing, and rudest possible portraits of Donald Trump. Those works form the basis of his show that opens this weekend (August 13th) at Daniel Rolnik Gallery called "Oh My". Please enjoy some selections of work to be displayed along with a Q&A with this LA-based artist...

What's Your Favorite Taco?
The truck on the corner of Olympic and La Brea while waiting for a bus on the way home from the airport, after being in Lake Tahoe for a week.

What is the most beautiful thing in the world?
Paper and mediums and nowhere to be.


What kind of art will you be displaying at your upcoming show at Daniel Rolnik Gallery?
A vomit of various sensations in a variety of indulgent attitudes accumulated as a series of serieses.
Lots of pen and ink and watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper, bristol and foam core.8.5" by 11" to 11" by 14”. Oh, and two 12 by 8 foot acrylic on canvas beasts. Some books as well.

All seeming to have some sort of sociopolitical slant.

What is your favorite thing about Donald Trump?
His ability to exist in oblivion. I think I want that, but I’m not sure.


What scares you the most?

What is one thing you would change about Los Angeles if you could?
Parking for me only.

Do you have a lucky number?
They are all lucky.

Have you become a graffiti artist?
I am a socially observational, highly semi-sophisticated, publicly exhibiting, embarrassingly respectful non-vandal.

No, I am not a graffiti artist.


Do you have a prediction for the election, and what will happen after?
Hillary will win and Don will go on and make zillions. Money loves assholes and he is now the biggest and most famous on earth.

Oh, and, the Westside of LA mentality will continue to breed and spread effectively its self-indulgent magic sparkle putty to others without intuition or innate kindness.

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