Julian Montelongo

Artist Julian grew up in Torrance, where, in his teenage years, he began to draw, starting mostly with images from Zelda and Starcraft. He soon fell in love with...
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Julian Montelongo   “Every artist is as different as every human being. However you want to create yourself, that’s what you’re gonna do.” 

Artist Julian grew up in Torrance, where, in his teenage years, he began to draw, starting mostly with images from Zelda and Starcraft. He soon fell in love with the therapeutic aspect of art. After spending two years on the East Coast, Julian moved back to the South Bay, feeling the draw of the Pacific Ocean. He describes himself as an “ocean person,” saying the Pacific gives him energy and boosts his health. When he came back to the South Bay, his sister passed on some painting supplies to him, a gift from their grandfather. Working at a Ralph’s deli and unsure of what he wanted to do, the painting supplies provided him with a new direction: art.

Julian originally had gone to school for architecture, where he learned how to draw well and changed his style of drawing from being more focused on shading and tonality to having a more graphic style, with linework and lettering, which he likes to focus on in his artwork now. He challenges himself to bring the same feelings from the huge contrast of architectural drawings into his art pieces. While Julian loves the look of solid black and white architectural art, he finds it slightly boring, so he uses a limited color palette of yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, and phthalo blue. When he first started, his art reflected his personality ­ it was scatterbrained, and had no specific style. After selecting these three colors to focus on, he challenged himself to build them into his own personal style.

Julian has never considered art to be a reliable source of income. He says as soon as money’s on the table, the artist isn’t making art for the right reasons. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that selling art is a bad thing. He describes selling art as an act that allows people who chose not to become artists to experience art. People who see art and want to buy it do so because it feels relatable or provokes emotions or thought. He says that when people buy art, they buy an experience that they will feel, because really, when an artist sells a piece, they sell their own emotions. This applies to him especially; he calls his art his emotion because he says he’s not very good at speaking it.

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