Who are you?
Hello! My name is Jesse Ng and I am a visual artist based out of Brooklyn, New York
How did you get interested in art?
I got interested in art at quite an early age, I was given a lot of paints from my parents and was drawing Sailor Moon obsessively throughout my childhood. I eventually went to NYU for studio art with a concentration in painting.
How would you describe your style?
My style has always been evolving but it is now focused on objects and landscapes. My pieces are a combination of diagrams and painterly abstraction, they're usually a push and pull between natural and architectural elements that construct a visual narrative.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything can really set off a spark for me whether its a phrase from a book, a color palette , architecture, textures.... I conciously try to absorb as much as I can.
My sources come from natural history, epic and domestic landscapes and scientific illustration. Im pretty excited by diagrams and the idea of abstracted concepts that are explained with the simplicity of lines and
How is the creation process for you?
I work in a lot of different ways, sometimes I'll work with photos ive taken as reference but most often I will start with an initial idea then compile photos, science books and sometimes objects like minerals or plants. I'll make a
starting sketch then work sort of improvised process from there. I'll even start from color combinations I'm really interested in without having a any formed vision
What are your favourite materials to work with?
Oil painting has been my main background, its a great material for slow layered pieces but I've also been into the efficiency and brushstrokes that come from water based paints like guoache. Colored pencils are also a very
underrated medium and have been loving using them in my recent work
Who are your favorite artists?
There are countless artist that I look up to! But have always come back to Jorinde Voigt, Lois Dodd, Winston Chmielinski, and Fairfield Porter. Architectural design and technical artists from science illustration and natural history are also very inspiring.
What do you do besides being an artist?
I work as a freelancer in post production and retouching for photography.
What are the best advice given to you as an artist?
This may not be the most useful advice but It has helped me a lot over the last few years. Treat your art practice similar to a sport, you have to exercise, set a routine to improve. In order to create work you have to set
yourself a flow and but I also think its okay to allow yourself to become frustrated