Growing up surrounded by creatives, Aaron Elvis Jupin didn’t have much choice but to become an artist himself. “I always remember drawing when I was a kid with my cousins,” said the California-based artist in an interview with Art of Choice. “My dad is a photographer and my uncle is an animator/painter,” he added.
But according to Jupin, it was actually watching cartoons that had the most impact on his creative upbringing. “Watching cartoons as a kid is when I feel that art entered my life,” he says, adding that this was his first introduction to drawing, color and the abstraction of reality. “Trying to draw cartoons and apology letters to my mom for getting in trouble in a catholic school was how I expressed myself and practiced my technique,” he adds.
A love of cartoons and caricatures still prevails in his art, with his paintings mimicking the playful line work and animation of everyday objects. But Jupin’s work is also clearly influenced by artistic movements like Surrealism and Pop Art, as well as macro photographs of bugs and plants, and digital art in general.
Having earned a BFA from the Otis College of Art and Design, his work also includes illustrating, sculpting, and experimentations with different mediums that include collage work and “a lot of tape.” “Nothing is really off-limits as long as I feel some kind of personal connection to it,” he says. “Once something catches my eye I begin looking for it in all different settings.”