Phoenix Artist J.B. Snyder: 100 Creatives
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 16. J.B. Snyder.
Lee Lusby Meet the artist.
Knowingly or not, there's a good chance you're already familiar with J.B. Snyder's work.
The artist and prominent downtown Phoenix muralist has covered plenty of the Valley's walls, including those of Modern Manor, Gringo Starr Street Bar, and The Dressing Room, with his trademark saturated, geometric works.
But these days, Snyder's up to a whole lot more than painting.
He owns and operates art store Fifth Street Paint Supply, just south of Roosevelt Row, and is working on opening a new gallery space nearby. He says his days are typically packed with trips to the hardware store, hitting up concerts with friends, spending time with both his girlfriend and his dog, Buster, and cooking.
Courtesy of J.B. Snyder
But that's not to say he's leaving the mural-making life behind anytime soon.
"I've been working on a few commission pieces and murals and experimenting a lot in the studio," Snyder says, noting that he's been spending hours in the studio on a daily basis. "I'm doing an indoor mural for The Pressroom [and] also planning a large-scale mural to go up before the Super Bowl in January."
Keep an eye out.
I came to Phoenix with my car, a U-Haul full of stuff, and a need for a change from fast-paced LA.
I make art because I enjoy making people smile and brightening this bleak landscape.
I'm most productive when it's dark out, not too many folks are around, and I have some reggae tunes and a cold one.
My inspiration wall is full of my friends' tags and color palettes.
I've learned most from most importantly my family, but also a lot about art, and the art world from my partner in art crime Zachary Dean Glover.
Good work should always be consistent, bold, and representative of now!
The Phoenix creative scene could use more cool land owners that offer afforable spaces to people like Quincy Ross, Lalo Cota, Tato Caraveo, and others working in the downtown area. More professional galleries working with local artists, besides that I think we are on the up and up!