Michael Giurato

Featured Aritst

Queens based, Brooklyn-living 20-something year old artist boy struggling to make nice things.

What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
I’m the illustrator for Jenkem Magazine (
www.jenkemmag.com) and recently they came out with a hardcover Volume 1 of their best released/unreleased work. I had a number of illustrations published in this volume. Seeing your work online feels good, but nothings as good as having a physical copy.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve been working on an animation that I started earlier this year and hope to have completed by the end of the year/ in the process of making prints of earlier works available for purchase/ finishing the set-up of a website/ releasing personal and collaborative zines/a group show in 2017. Staying busy as hell.

How’d you get started as an artist?

I’ve been a chronic doodler since I was little. Filling up the margins of test and homework, post-it notes at work, napkins at restaurants, if I’ve got something to draw on and something to draw with I’m good. I can’t say I know when I started but I know that theres no chance I’ll ever stop.

Who or what influences your art?

Too, too many to list. Illustrators like Michael DeForge, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns. Artist friends like Edward Salas and Jayme Lemperle. The mundanities and excitements of every day life. Probably above all else I find inspiration in the song “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy.

What is your creative process like?

I find its best to start by drawing a very light circle somewhere on the page. I’ll then spend 45 minutes finding a song I want to draw to. When I’ve decided on a song I’ll start to draw and accidentally spill my coffee all over the page. After hanging the page on a clothesline to dry, I’ll take the now dry piece of paper, crumple it up, throw it in the garbage and do a lap around the block on my hoverboard.

How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

It’s a great opportunity for exposure! After browsing previous Collective Artists Brewing Series artists I’ve discovered a number of artists/music acts that I really like. It’s a whole new community to be a part of and I’m honoured to be apart of that community! And if you love a good tasty craft beer there’s no better place to have your art immortalized! Yes!

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