Released Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Allez!, by Josie Portillo.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Pablove Foundation.
Josie Portillo was born, raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles where she works as a freelance illustrator. She enjoys going for walks with her Doxle, playing soccer, and making cannoli.
About the print:
"Allez!" is French for "Come on!" or "Go." It is a common term shouted or written on the roads by fans as encouragement for cyclists during races. Sometimes, in our everyday lives, we need to hear these words of encouragement when we are confronted by obstacles, in order to push ourselves to the top.
This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.
What has inspired you recently?
Recently I've been inspired by words, phrases, and books. I recently read Strange Pilgrims By Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and it opened up a realm of so many ideas for illustrations.
Why did you choose to pair The Pablove Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with The Pablove Foundation because I was really touched by the story of Pablo Castelaz and all the other children who have battled childhood cancer.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I see art transform the world around me all the time. I feel that artists of my generation (and previous ones too) are very concerned about the issues going on around us, and that they try to keep their work relevant in making positive changes to address these issues.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
If I magically had the powers to bring Pablo Picasso back from the grave so that he could be my personal art mentor, I'd do it in a heartbeat. He had a unique, revolutionary way of communicating his ideas visually, that I could only hope to learn from. He also had the cutest little dachshund named Lump, who could follow us around everywhere.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Two artists everyone should check out are Anna Topuriya and Eunice San Miguel.