Jenny Kim: Coffee Deer

Released Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PLEASE NOTE: We will be taking next week off for the holidays. Our next print release will be on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Enjoy the holiday and thank you for all of your support in 2011!

Coffee Deer, by Jenny Kim.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Puppies Behind Bars.

Jenny Kim is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Vancouver, Canada. She currently divides her time working as an in-house graphic designer at Aritzia, and working as a freelance illustrator. When Jenny is not working, she practices her ukulele, rummages through thrift shops, or attempts to master a new recipe from her brand new cookbook.

About the print:
This particular piece, Coffee Deer, was one of the four illustrations I put together to pitch a coffee cup illustration for a local Canadian coffee company. Inspired by coffee stains and Canadian/west coast animals, I created the series by combining charcoal drawings and abstract coffee-colored washes.

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?
I recently took a trip to New York City. It was my third visit in four years, yet the city never ceases to inspire me. Like most artists and creatives, I often experience inspiration blocks, but most of the time I let it be and wait for my next wave of inspiration (I do believe inspiration comes in waves). Occasionally, I will make random trips and go gallery hopping, snap photos of unfamiliar places and unfamiliar people, or just simply surround myself with new and fresh things. That usually helps to trigger the right side of my brain.

Why did you choose to pair Puppies Behind Bars with your print?
I’d like to pair my art with Puppies Behind Bars. I’ve always had a soft spot for dogs, especially service dogs. I see great value in training dogs for the disabled or explosive detection canines for law enforcement, and also in the contribution these dogs make to those people in need of their service, love, and companionship.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I think the greatest thing art has taught me is to see beauty in the most unexpected things and places.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I’d love to meet over coffee with artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Jaques Tati, Naoko Ogigami, Pina Bausch, Henry Darger, and Jean-Jacques Sempe.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
People should check out the works of Sam Weber, Micah Lidberg, Alex Kanevsky, and Takashi Iwasaki.

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