49: Kyle Jordre

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Kyle Jordre
Kyle Jordre says he considers himself a "green artist." His paintings are created using "oops" paint (or paint that's been mis-tinted or returned and can no longer be sold at retail price) from local retailers, and when the paint is gone, he create pieces from all parts of the can.

"Acrylic/latex house paint became my medium when I painted my first piece about 8 or so years ago," says Jordre. "I was remodeling my house to sell and needed some artwork on one of the walls. So I went to Michael's, bought a canvas, and used the extra paint from the remodeling to paint the canvas. 'At least the colors will match,' was the thought going through my head, and that was how this all began for me. (My folks have that first painting hanging on their living room wall.)"

Kyle Jordre
I came to Phoenix with . . . the goal of becoming an artist. I had no idea of what that really meant or what that would entail ... I was uneducated and underexposed to that world and therefore incapable of knowing what not to do; who to talk to or which process to follow. I just jumped in and started to paddle. I believe it was my ignorance that allowed me entrance to the Phoenix art world and it is my hope that my work is what allows me to stay.

Kyle Jordre
I make art because . . . it feels like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I've had a few different careers, including 11 years as a middle school social studies teacher, as well as a corporate trainer at a technology company -- I've enjoyed my other jobs, although I never felt that "I love my job, and I love waking up every morning so I can go to work" feeling that some people talk about ... I don't have that feeling about being an artist, either. The important part for me is that feeling I mentioned before. I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm able to shut out all the spin and noise. Then I can sort through my head and thoughts and be purposeful in what I'm doing, or be a productive contributor within the circle(s) I am a part of at the time.

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Kyle Jordre
"Radio Flyer"
My inspiration wall is full of . . . music, stories, individuals, family, friends, you, me, everything around us.

I've learned the most from . . . observation, experimentation, and questioning.

Good work should always . . . create dialogue.

Kyle Jordre
The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . more people engaging in the dialogue created by Phoenix's good work.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee

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