Meet Artist Paul Juno

Meet Artist Paul Juno.If you’ve taken a stroll on the Chandler Bike Path you will have seen artist Paul Juno’s
Meet Artist Paul Juno.If you’ve taken a stroll on the Chandler Bike Path you will have seen artist Paul Juno’s "Letting Your Mind Wander" mural.

[NoHo Arts District, CA] –  The NoHo Arts District is just one-square mile but what we do in this one-square-mile makes us a vibrant and creative neighborhood. If you’ve taken a stroll on the Chandler Bike Path you will have seen artist Paul Juno’s “Letting Your Mind Wander” mural.

The NoHo motto really should be, “NoHo is only as great as its people.” Without our dancers, actors, singers, musicians, visual artists and creative folks, we wouldn’t be an arts district.

So, we’ve asked Paul Juno some questions to get to know him better!

How were you selected for the mural? Did you get to choose the location?

The Department of Cultural Affairs puts out a Request for Proposals for muralists every couple years to create a roster of artists the city would like to work with. I’ve applied a few times and got accepted, leading me to painting 15 electrical box murals in North Hollywood last year, and then painting this current mural this year.

What lead you to create “Letting Your Mind Wander?” 

I’ve had this composition drawn out loosely for almost a decade, it’s a parody of M.C. Eschers ‘Reptiles’, where the drawing comes to life and wanders the scene. I’ve always liked this drawing and created a few of my own versions with my dog Picasso as the main character. Cut to this mural design, the owner wanted a ‘music’ theme and so I leafed through my older drawings for inspiration and saw the initial sketch. I took the drawing onto a canvas and fleshed out the colors and gave it more character. The wall is very long, so in addition to the main ‘focal’ point of the illustration, I added musical notes floating on the right side as well as different dog breeds, cats and even a squirrel on the telephone pole to give it a fun happy feeling.

Meet Artist Paul Juno.If you’ve taken a stroll on the Chandler Bike Path you will have seen artist Paul Juno’s "Letting Your Mind Wander" mural.

Can you give us more info on the type art you create/your background? 

I choose to utilize a variety of different mediums, including drawing, sculpture and photography, though my main practice lately has been fine-art painting. Subject matter and inspiration usually come from things I have witnessed, my local environment or is parodied off something in art history.

Do you prefer creating illustrations or the agate projects?

It’s weird. My days will go from painting realism with acrylics in one moment, starting an abstraction piece with oils in the next, then working on a mini sculpture that I think would look real cool afterward. I used to think it was detrimental to keep juggling so many separate genres of craft-making, but over the years I’ve realized I have way more fun being able to create in any medium, even if it’s new to me, and it’s best to not question it. Creativity is an odd beast, I don’t know how it works, but I do know that showing up everyday in the studio and being open to experimenting with your style will in the end fuel the next project in some unforeseen way. 

Do you have a favorite piece(s)?

I have many favorite pieces, and they range from intricate still-life paintings to quick drawings in a sketchbook. I like to look back on older work to see my personal progression because growth is exciting, it amplifies to myself all the hard work it has taken to refine a craft. I also create a lot of things that never get posted online, drawings or paintings I send solely to my friends or family that I’ll enjoy forever because it’s a visual time-capsule of that time and place.

What’s coming up for you – shows, more murals?

At the moment I am overly dedicated to a series of long-term paintings in which I create an overly elaborate still-life setup and faithfully paint it onto a single canvas for 40-60 days. I like these challenges because I can usually work on 3-4 different side projects while always having one main painting in the background. I get bored almost too easily, and hopping from one genre to the other helps keep everything fresh and exciting. 

For a visual portfolio of Paul’s work, visit pauljunoart.com or @pauljunoart on instagram. 

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What:

Paul Juno’s “Letting Your Mind Wander” mural

Where:

Satsuma Ave and Chandler Blvd.