We had the good fortune of connecting with Graham Jewell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Graham, why did you pursue a creative career?
Going into a creative career was never really something I saw as a negotiable. My brain works in ways that are totally integrated within being creative and creating. Analytical approaches to things were never + still aren’t my cup of tea, though it is necessary for a lot of work that I do. I knew I had the eye for aesthetic and art, and it just came down to finding a position that I could utilize that unapologetically.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started making my collages for therapeutic reasons. A lot of my job requires me to be on my phone and computer, and making art was a great way to get a rest from that. It quickly became a wonderful addiction and I couldn’t stop acquiring more vintage magazines. I never had the intention of selling my art, but I got a plethora of requests and began my journey with 1022 Collections! It never felt like a challenge since it all came super naturally and I was creating for myself and myself alone. My art is a strong reflection of my love and respect for the human body, sensuality, nudity, and my fascination with vintage advertisements. My art could definitely be perceived as raunchy or too erotic, but that’s excatly what I’m going for.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast at Stowaway, brunch drinks at The Bindery, walks and hangs in Common’s Park, sunset drinks at The Source. Lots of photos and friends involved of course.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I credit a ton of my artistic opportunities to my supportive friends and family. My partner has always been incredibly supportive of allowing me to create in any field I am interested in, and continues to support me however he can. It helps that I am surrounded by a ton of creatives on a daily basis… Lily Walters with Mood Studios, Zach Hagy (who gifted me my first Playboy), Ben Gillespie (my loving partner) and the entire Boulder Media House Team, Emily Kaler or Kaler Collections, and so many more humans.
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