The Fourhundred Magazine would like to present this week’s Artist Spotlight to Jeremy Wolff, a New York City artist with a detailed eye for bold color and silhouettes.
Our Editors had a chance to speak with Jeremy and gain insight on his perspective on pop culture, politics, and his artwork development.
The Fourhundred: What inspires you to create your art, where does the inspiration stem from?
Jeremy: Everything inspires me—sports, politics, music, even pop culture. In general, my inspiration stems from blending contemporary art with arising street art—and I say street art because I use spray paint in my work.
The Fourhundred: We’ve noticed the political figures you highlight in your most recent work. What was your inspiration for beginning to create these pieces such as Bernie, Trump, and Hillary vs Trump?
Jeremy: Right now I’ve been doing a lot of political pieces since it’s an election year. I try and stick with current events, and the election this year is huge with our two candidates.
The Fourhundred: It’s a controversial election.
Jeremy: Right, it’s kind of created a big scene and I’ve tried taking advantage of that and get on board with the media topic of discussion. I want people to look at my work and think about it, as well as how it makes them feel.
The Fourhundred: Out of all of your artwork, which piece has moved you the most and why?
Jeremy: I want my art to be on the edge like the “Biggie Trump” pieces. You don’t know if the piece is for or against Donald. You don’t know whether “it was all a dream” means “is this really happening?” or “this is happening and it’s a dream coming true”.
The Fourhundred: What do you think separates you from other artists?
Jeremy: I think it’s learning from other artists and creating my own personal style. Art is about studying what’s happened before. You can take other artist’s work as an example and build off what they’re creating. You’re able to create your own style while trying to remain relevant. I want people to be able to look at my work and say “oh that’s a Jeremy Wolff”, I want them to be able to tell it’s my work right away.
I think it’s also taking iconic things that people can relate to—like an athlete or musician, and putting them in a light of bright in your face color. That’s what I love, bringing that out and having people see it on canvas.
The Fourhundred: Lastly, you have evolved in such a short period of time with your artwork, where do you see your artwork going in six to twelve months after the elections are over? What are your goals?
Jeremy: I try and stay with what’s hot at the moment, it doesn’t have to be generally about politics. In terms of six to twelve months, I want to build my network up. It’s all about who you know while continuing to remain humble. If you keep building your work up, things will come.
Photos by: Antonio Griffith