Local Artist Josh Brizuela, aka Bask, Discusses His Inspirations and Big Plans for 2013

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Courtesy of Josh Brizuela
Phoenix is full of creative forces who (lucky us) call Downtown home. These artists fill local galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, hair salons, you name it, with their artwork and continue to put on killer art shows every First and Third Friday.

Josh Brizuela, who runs his own art company called Bask, showcased his work for the first time in downtown Phoenix last month and is quickly breaking into the Downtown arts community at young age. We sat down and talked with him about his first show, who inspires him, and his plans for the future.

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Courtesy of Josh Murphy
Before last First Friday's art exhibit, Brizuela's art had only existed in the virtual world, on social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. He managed to turn showcasing his art online into a successful art show debut in just a year's time.

Brizuela is 19 years old. His parents moved to the States from Argentina before he was born, where they raised Brizuela and his four older siblings. Brizuela says he shares his artistic talent with his mother and his brother, both of whom draw and paint.

"My mom always did watercolors, and tried to get me to when I was little, but I was never really that great at it," says Brizuela.

Brizuela says he started drawing when he was about 5 years old, but invested more time in art when he was a sophomore year of high school. Ultimately, it was his lack of interest in his classes that helped inspire him to get back into his art.

When describing his art, or giving it a name, the artist doesn't have an exact answer. His fans have called it surrealism. But Brizuela says his newer work has parted from description, although to what he isn't sure.

"I don't even know how I [make art], I just put on music -- I really, really, really love music -- and I just listen to it and think, and something will just come out," says Brizuela. "I don't really sit down to draw, I sit down to think about something. I don't know if it's meditation, but it's something like that. And then, by the time it's all done, something is there and I just have to polish it up."

Brizuela started to experiment with acrylic paint markers and regular markers, in addition to his originally used pens. He doesn't use digital programs, unless he feels like changing or manipulating the colors he used to draw.


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