Q+A: Justin Frehs

Justin Frehs’ patterned pop portraits draw inspiration from the colorful prints of Andy Warhol.

How would you describe your style?

I am a watercolor artist, and I specialize in photorealistic portraits. My work is modern, with hints of Expressionism, Impressionism, abstract, and fine art. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

Portraits of people with interesting backgrounds and stories. My inspiration comes from life and people, music, art, love, and pain.

What medium(s) do you work in?

I worked with several mediums in the past–pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paints, but I love and prefer watercolor.

How has your process evolved?

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.

What got you started creating art?

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.

What artists influence your work?

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.

"My inspiration comes from life and people, music, art, love, and pain."

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