Justin Frehs’ patterned pop portraits draw inspiration from the colorful prints of Andy Warhol.
I am a watercolor artist, and I specialize in photorealistic portraits. My work is modern, with hints of Expressionism, Impressionism, abstract, and fine art.
Portraits of people with interesting backgrounds and stories. My inspiration comes from life and people, music, art, love, and pain.
I worked with several mediums in the past–pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paints, but I love and prefer watercolor.
Process is pretty much the same. I research my subject, then start with a pencil sketch, which I usually describe as just making notes on paper of where the paint should go. If I am satisfied with the sketch, I start painting, which takes anywhere from 8-16 hours, depending on complexity, size, and detail.
My father is an artist, and ever since I can remember, I could draw and paint. It comes naturally to me. I stopped painting for nearly 20 years while pursuing other avenues, but restarted my art career few years ago and haven’t looked back.
French Impressionism classics–Monet and Renoir. Andy Warhol’s pop art. I love color and always look for new ways to express them into life. I change direction every few months to stay fresh and to push myself.