We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonny Warren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Since moving to Atlanta in 2010, I’ve been making art for gallery shows, events, murals, and personal commissions. At the beginning of 2020, I decided to turn my art practice into a business in order to elevate the work as more than just a hobby. Doing so has not only been a huge confidence booster in selling my work, but it has also opened me up to new opportunities to work with other businesses on a more professional level.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The inspiration for my work comes from observations of human interactions, adversity, and personal experiences which are distilled into symbolic and iconic imagery. I started out using pen and ink as my medium as a desire to simplify my workflow because of limited space. Working with limited materials at the beginning forced me to really think through concepts and how the medium plays a role in elevating those ideas. Even within the medium, there are a lot of variables like line thickness and paper types, so there was a lot of trial and error in finding materials that worked best for me. Over the years, I’ve gradually welcomed in other mediums including creating digital work and murals to take my concepts further. A lesson I’ve learned along the way is that working within limitations early on in the creative process can lead to stronger results. The path is the goal!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them for a walk through Cabbagetown to see the Forward Warrior and Stacks Squares murals. I would also take them to some of my favorite art galleries, including Kai Lin Art and Notch8. For food and drink, I would take them to Argosy for a Plancha burger (Impossible version too!) and beer. I would also hit up Buford Highway for Korean BBQ at Hae Woon Dae BBQ and book a karaoke room at Karaoke Melody 2.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Yu-Kai Lin, the Owner and Director of Kai Lin Art. He played a pivotal role in giving me the confidence to truly value the work I create.