Spreading Joy through Art
SEPT. 5, 2019
Jay Ramirez, an artist who grew up in Michigan, but now lives in Chicago, is hoping to spread a little joy with the odd monsters, dinosaurs and other creatures he creates.
Jay Ramirez, an artist who grew up in Michigan, but now lives in Chicago, is hoping to spread a little joy with the odd monsters, dinosaurs and other creatures he creates. While he has always been an artist, doodling and cartooning his way along, it is only in the last few years that Ramirez has focused on creating a collection of illustrated short stories called Stories from Left Field, and drawing a few comic strips as well as recurring blog entries. In this time, he also entered into a partnership with Palmer Printing, where he created scratch-and-sniff wrapping paper, along with holiday greetings cards featuring some of his comic art. According to Ramirez, that was the big break for him, and it led to a sea of commissioned projects coming his way. Recently, Ramirez just finished his first exhibition, featuring his acrylic paintings, cartoons, drawing in plexi frames and other kinds of art. When asked about JayDrawsThings, his website, Ramirez states that this website is an emporium of all his ideas and characters. He says that he specializes in animals and other wood creatures and that is reflected in his work, where there are a lot of interactions between animals and people. In a short film on YouTube, Ramirez explains that he loves drawing wood creatures, and he adds humor into his creative work. He uses the silliness and absurdity in his work to also showcase a certain amount of environmentalism. This Chicago artist states that while he is not an environmentalist per se, he does use is medium to show the impact that human detritus has had on animals. He attributes his success to his network of friends from the world of art and entertainment – DJs, club owners, promoters and performance as well as visual artists.