Wild Colors with Jason Naylor
Jason Naylor is one of todays upcoming artists in New York, he has worked with many major brands creating graphics and mural installations. His style is full of color and we were lucky enough to get a quick interview with him about his past and learn what inspires him. Enjoy!
Where did your grow up Jason?
“I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mother is an artist, and she always encouraged me to paint and draw. I was in art classes all the way through school, and finally studied graphic design in college, at Brigham Young University. After college, I moved to NYC and began chasing my dream of being a professional artist.”
Have you always been a graphic artist or did you create graffiti?
“I have dabbled VERY lightly in graffiti, mostly drawing and sketching it as a style, and a few small throw-ups here and there, but for the most part my work is commercial or sanctioned.”
Why did you get interested in Lettering and what attracted you to these bold colors?
“Studying design in school was the beginning of my interest in lettering and messaging, and I love the nuances of how communication plays a role in visual expression. Words can be pictures, and vice versa. Regarding color, I’ve been through a roller coaster of styles and aesthetics, I’ve done lots of work in black / white, and I’ve tried my hand at lots of mediums. But I’ve always loved pink and black, and in the past few years, the other colors that complement it have sort of fallen in place. The main message I like to weave in my work is LOVE. Kindness, positivity and love are the on-going themes that I like to work with and I do with a very electric attitude and palette, because I don’t think its a passive thing – I think its a very bold thing. Love is an action, an energy, an effort, an attitude. And my version of it has edge and power.”
What was your favorite creative project of 2018?
“My favorite project of 2018 is a mural I painted in the Bronx that actually doesn’t have any words, just symbols. Peace & Love. The reason its my favorite is that it was an enjoyable light hearted challenge that I gave myself, which was to paint something WITHOUT words.”
Where can fans buy your work or maybe hire you for a project?
“My online store is in the works, and will launch in 2019. In the meantime, I can be reached through my website for commercial purposes, and of course you can always slide into my DMs :)”
Here is a fun You Tube Interview from Fresh New Yorkers with Jason.