Get To Know Artist Jeremy Fish
By Abdullah Wali — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
Jeremy Fish is a Saratoga bred, San Francisco-based artist who has made a career out of taking all things cute and making them, well... weird. In the 2000s the 'Silly Pink Bunnies,' a group started by Jeremy and his skateboard friends, started as a way to poke fun at gangs and have an excuse to cause some mayhem. It's now become a full-blown staple of his artwork with Silly Pink Bunnies popping up all over San Francisco including most recently a giant crowd-funded bronze bunny statue that now stands guard in front of the new Haight Street Art Center.
Of course, there are several reasons why we love Jeremy but possibly the greatest one is his drive. Below read our interview with Jeremy and see part one of something we've been cooking up with him.
Tell us a little bit about your background. When did you first realize you could make a career out of art?
My family is all from upstate New York for generations. My Mother, Father, and Sister all attended SUNY Albany. I was only ever any good at art class growing up, so it was either off to art school, or continue parking cars and bussing tables in my hometown. I moved 3k miles to San Francisco for art school and skateboarding. Through a friend I skated with, I was able to land a job screen printing artwork in the skateboard industry after I graduated from art school. That was officially the day I realized I could make a career out of art.
Can you pinpoint a pivotal moment that changed the trajectory of your career?
In the early 2000's I was invited to participate in a series of group shows around Europe. I was able to travel extensively, share my work with a large new audience, and make friends with some interesting European artists. Through some of those relationships, I am fortunate enough to continue to show my artwork in galleries in many of those cities and countries around the world to this day.
Your work is described as ‘where cute and creepy meet’ what does that mean?
I enjoy the tension created by two great tastes that don't taste great together. Something so cute it attracts you and so creepy it repels you. It is that push and pulls that I strive for in my drawings.
When you want to make a new collection, where do you start? What’s the most difficult part?
Concept. To put your foot down and decide on a concept, is always the most difficult part of starting something new. Once I have a concept I am in love with, it makes the ideas, research, and the sketches flow like water.
What is a typical workday like for you?
Climb out of bed, pet my cat, and brush my beard. Go to Caffe Trieste (the oldest espresso bar on the West Coast), respond to emails, and wait for the wife to wake up. Run errands, gather supplies, take meetings, and eat food during daylight hours, draw and paint in the night time when life and the world is quiet.
Why did you want to collaborate with Death Wish?
Because Death Wish was smart enough to hire my lifelong homeboy Thomas Dragonette. Also because I grew up in Saratoga Springs, and I am very proud to see a successful independent young business from the area that has nothing to do with horses, old rich people, funky water, or organized crime.
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