Artists ~ Jon Kopfenstein ~ Riverside

Artist’s name: Jon Klopfenstein
Shop name: Purple Periscope

A collection of Jon Klopfenstein's works, ranging from his earliest pieces to his most current will be on display from November 6th through the holiday season at The Courthouse Center for the Arts.

1. Tell us about your work
I am a self-taught artist, with a special passion for creating one-of-a-kind canvas artwork and mural designs using combinations of acrylic and aerosol. I like to describe artwork as a modern take on a retro style - bold, bright pop art paintings with a hint of graffiti.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Being a Pisces, I've always been drawn to aquatic themes, and when my wife and I were developing the business, we liked the fun and playful nature of a purple periscope that would provide an alternate view from a subterranean esoteric realm...also, my last name is impossible to pronounce, let alone remember. After all, Andy Warhol had "The Factory".

3. How did you come to be a professional artist?
Within the first year or two of painting, I found incredible support from my local arts community, and with e-commerce, I was able to start selling internationally within my third year as an artist. The business continues to grow, and I am excited for my upcoming projects!

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Inspiration is all around, but I suppose it's a certain quality that an image has when it catches my eye. I am inspired by the use of bold colors to make a high-contrast, and get the canvases to have a heavy pop feeling to them, to make them appear almost as if they are three dimensional.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I recently discovered that I enjoy making larger paintings, and "getting my hands dirty". Being an artist means constantly evolving and trying new methods, and I look forward to how my individual path unfolds.

6. What’s your best seller?
My painting of John Lennon, entitled "Good Day Sunshine". It was a painting I did early on in my career, and I have sold more variations of that piece than any other.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
My wife and I just relocated to Riverside 6 months ago, but I spent the first 10 years of my life growing up here. I'm happy to be back!

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love being surrounded by water, and I'm much closer to my family now. Rhode Island also offers an evolving arts community with centuries of rich artistic history. Coming back to Rhode Island has breathed new life into my artistic passions!

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Everybody has an inner artist, and everybody has the ability to perpetually develop their own style and incorporate their own story in their work. Don't give up, everybody has something to contribute!


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