Paul Kellam is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Fl. He is best known for his Eastern world inspired characters and animation ready artworks. Most of Paul’s work is done digitally though he is skilled in several mediums. It is common to catch Paul with his sketchbook in his hands full of illustrations and ideas.
Paul believes he’s always known that he wanted to be an artist, recalling days of scribbling on wallpaper at the young age of 5 and trying to talk his way out of trouble. Though Paul says his exposure to art was limited as a child he has grown to be an impressive artist. He is continuing to hone his artistic skills and hopes to see Jacksonville’s art community spread and nurture under-served areas.
What do you believe is an artist’s role and responsibility?
I think all artist, regardless of genre, are responsible for visually narrating a concept. As artists I believe it is our duty to evoke a conversation among viewers. I find it incredible to see the power that a painting can have. An artist’s work can cause quite a bit of controversy if done effectively.
What inspires your style and characters?
I draw inspiration from so many different areas that it is hard to pinpoint where my inspiration come from. Much of my work is influenced by Eastern Cultures, fashion, lyrics of substance, forces of nature, animation, and unique personas.
What is your most important artist tool?
I would say my mind is my most valuable tool because it can make me or break me. If I can get into a good head-space I can create almost anything no matter what medium I am working with. I’m often told that I think too much, but it’s a part of my creative process. It's what make my art, MY art.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
I always try to provide a sense of escapism for my viewers. I want my viewer’s distracted from the world's current turmoil. I would love for then to experience something quirky, happy, and even something a little mischievous. .
What would you like to see happen in Jacksonville’s art community?
I wasn’t exposed to a lot of art while growing up on the Northside of Jacksonville. Sadly, until recently I wasn’t even aware of the huge creative community in Jacksonville. I think it would be great to see the art community branch out to all the diverse communities that we have. Opportunities to experience art of all varieties in each part of town would greatly improve our communities. I look forward to seeing our art community continue to flourish and bloom more diverse works.
What is your ultimate art career goal ?
My ultimate goal is to become an established character designer for animations and video games. I would love to create the next “Avatar the Last Airbender” or “Assassin's Creed”. The chance to inspire the next generation of creators would be a phenomenal accomplishment.
Where’s your favorite place to see art?
I love to see grand murals randomly placed throughout the city, they’re like Easter eggs to me. I create most of my artwork digitally, so it's nice to look away from the screen and behold something much larger.
To learn more about Paul and view a larger body of his artwork you can visit his website https://deericku.artstation.com/ . Also follow Paul on Instagram @deericku to view his latest creations and upcoming exhibitions.