JOE MUR

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?

 

San Francisco, 1973, US, CA. I currently live in Castro Valley a suburb in the San Francisco East Bay Area

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

My dad drew cartoons in high school, my brother drew on his homework and for his D&D characters, and I was put into art classes at a very young age and never gave it up.

 

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?

 

Such a hard question- I grew up when Vert skating was huge and then saw street skating become popular so I really look up to different guys for different reasons. But a short list of favorites are: D Way, Hensley, J Lee, Gonz, Burnquist (so many more!!). I skated hard for over 15 years, got older and slowed down during college. Recently I have been trying to get my old ass back out there so I can stretch my legs and feel 18 again. I also used to work in the skateboard industry for a small company my friend created called Trust Skateboards.

 

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

Another hard question, but overall I would say Picasso. I know he is almost everyones favorite but I have always appreciated his skill set and experimental attitude towards all art. He was a master draftsman at a young age and never stopped developing as he got older. Too bad he was a womanizing prick.

 

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?

 

I love movies, books, skate/snowboarding, Biking, and hanging with my friends and wife Shirene.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences?

 

My immediate family, Art Night friends, and the ZeroFriends art collective. All of those people have helped me grow artistically in one or another.

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

For drawing I usually choose pencil or ballpoint pen. For painting I primarily work in Acrylic or Oil, but sometimes work in watercolor and gouache. I like to experiment and usually pick the medium that best suits the project.

 

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

I'd like people to realize how challenging the skateboard is to design for. It's a long and narrow surface that has curves and holes, which also has a very limited amount of orientation options. This show was a chance to go back to my roots and design something with a better skill set. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the artwork everyone is going to create!