Floridian based, Multi Medium artist Jeffrey Sincich’s work is the kind of art you have an instant reaction to! Whether it’s by strolling past one of the retro styled murals he & partner Josh Stover , of J&S Signs, have created in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL ;or his unique 3d ceramic installations that leave a substantial impact on you. The positive themed art may allow you to have a new thought/ idea about community, or a fresher perspective on something you’ve seen a million times.
If you’re a Florida native, you’ll see the bits and pieces of the state that have crept into his work that don’t involve the cliché palm trees and sunshine. As you’re reading this Jeffrey is likely working on something new. He might be painting another mural , or he could be out biking. Whatever the case I’m sure he has a smile on his face. Vocalizing his true dedication to growth and expansion ,Jeffrey expresses he is indeed, “starved to keep creating” ,and “always looking for more opportunities to create and travel.” Thankfully we got to pull Jeffrey away, for a moment, to speak about his inspirations and thoughts behind his beautiful art.
First lets start with the obligatory question: What really inspires you?
The environment around me, the people I interact with, what I see while riding my bike, positivity and travel. I am inspired by interacting with things first hand.
When did you decide to become an artist/ how did you make it happen?
I wanted to be an artist in elementary school. I forgot about it until high school when I took a ceramics class. Then I started college as an art education major. After the first two years, I realized that my studio classes were what I was truly passionate about. I spent as many hours in the studio as I could and applied to every art related opportunity I could. I was accepted into shows across the country, a residency in Montana, assistantships at art schools in several states and awarded a grant to travel for inspiration. All of these experiences have kept me interested and excited to keep making.
How do you get your ideas? Do they come to you all at once, or in pieces?
They come in pieces at random times, but usually piggy back off of one another. I usually do not make things based on my first idea of them. They change over time and evolve into different ideas once I start making. I hardly ever make something that looks exactly like my original idea, which I feel is a good thing. It usually becomes more interesting!
I would assume being a multi medium artist can be tough,
how do you decide which medium/mediums to use for your art?
It depends on each piece. I started out in school using just clay, but over time I started adding mixed media elements. These elements, often recycled wood, metal or other found objects, can dictate the direction of a piece or help emphasize a specific idea I am trying to get across. I use materials that viewers can relate to and interpret personally. Every material carries meaning, feelings and stories with it.
It seems as though you’re able to look at objects ,i.e: flannel pajamas, wood, metal – and know exactly how to transform it into art piece. What is your favorite medium to work with?
I enjoy using clay, wood, metal and found objects in conjunction with one another. Each piece requires different materials that work together in a unique way.
What’s your favorite piece that you’ve created?
I cannot say I have a favorite, but the piece titled Expedition Antarctica Beaver Unit is near the top. I am fond of using humor to tell a narrative and this piece does that for sure. It uses a range of materials from clay, Patagonia fabric and reclaimed wood to tell a story. What I have the most fun making is the murals I am working on with my friend Josh Stover, my partner in J&S Signs. We are creating positive message murals around St. Petersburg. Public art is great because it reaches a large audience and is a wonderful outlet to convey a positive message. One of my favorite things is creating in the public because of the conversations that happen between bystanders and us.
Collectively your art evokes its own unique style – how did you acquire this particular style?
I have been interested in the nostalgic side of things since I was a kid. I grew up going to garage sales every weekend with my family. Rummaging through old treasures made me appreciate the way things used to be made. I have carried this vintage aesthetic with me to my art. When painting, we use traditional sign painting techniques which definitely have a vintage, retro feel to them. We are inspired by old advertising and logos when creating our type-based murals.
The feel of Florida, from a Floridians’ perspective is quite evident in your art .
How do you accomplish this ?
That piece was inspired by Florida’s rich history of tourism, kitsch souvenirs and advertising. There are so many interpretations of Florida created by visitors near and far. I was inspired by these “constructed realities” to create this view of Florida. A souvenir is a place holder for an experience. The Florida Skunk Ape. Loved this piece! If you didn’t get to see the “real” skunkape while visiting, why not just bring home a statue of one?
Do you create solely for yourself?
What do you have in mind/ think about when you’re creating? Someone? Something?
A certain idea pertaining to relationships nostalgia, tourism, any of the things you mention on your website? I create because it feels right. I enjoy using my hands to express myself. It is my way of getting my ideas out to the public. When making the murals, our goal is to reach our community and spread positive messages. I believe public art is a great way to push positivity into the world and put a smile on people’s faces.
How do you approach murals differently than 3D art?
The murals require a different kind of planning. They are each based on the unique architecture of the building. We strive to make the design fit into the space perfectly. For example, the You Are My Sunshine mural was created based on the light fixture on the side of the building. We used the phrase because the light is always shining and layed out the words so that “shine” was lit up by the light. The murals are also based on the location, so the phrases are often inspired by the neighborhood or people that surround the wall.
How long does it take you to create your art? Do you have a specific approach, or a daily routine?
It varies piece to piece. Every day is different! It usually starts with a cup of coffee, a smoothie and listening to music. The rest is whatever goes! Some sculptures can take a few days, some weeks. I often let them sit while working on others and let them develop over time. The murals can take anywhere from two days to two weeks, depending on the scale of the project.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Right now I am listening to Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs and Woods on repeat.
What keeps you going as an artist? Music, food, guilty pleasures?
I truly enjoy making and couldn’t ask for anything more.
What are you “STARVED” for, as it pertains to art?
I am starved to keep creating. I am always looking for more opportunities to create and travel. I would love to travel to different cities and states to paint murals and show my work.
**To see more of Jeffrey Sincich’s of J&S signs , murals & ceramic work, and where you can locate his art in person check out his website.