What comes to mind when you think about fine art? Is it demons, hellish creatures or dark landscapes? If so, then you’re going to love J.R. Broshous. He's a full-time tattoo artist from Beloit. When he’s not tattooing, he’s taking his talents to fine art, but putting his own twist on it with dark imagery and things not typically seen in fine art.
He's bringing his dark and somewhat creepy creatures and dark-inspired paintings to DEVIATE where he hopes to introduce people to an underrated form of art that leaves people talking about it. See for yourself this year at DEVIATE.
How would you describe your art? Dark surrealism. Hellish creatures and landscapes.
Where do you find the inspiration for your pieces? Life, nature, the dark and macabre and everything in between.
How long does it take for you to do a piece from start to finish? It depends on the size. A larger piece could take anywhere from 10 to 40 hours, depending on details.
Is this your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? I am a tattoo artist by trade, so I am a full-time artist, but I do fine art on the side.
What are your future goals for your art? Continue to contribute to the dark art movement and help to increase awareness and interest to an underrated style of art.
What are you most excited about for DEVIATE? Being a part of a unique, local show with such a broad spectrum of artists.
What do you want us to know about your art, your design, or anything at all? Expect dark imagery that most people haven’t witnessed in person.
How did you find out about DEVIATE and why did you want to be involved? I am a local artist and think that it's a unique experience to participate in.
What is your background? How did you get into art? Give us a little history! I have been an artist all of my life. I started at a young age and had family members who were also artists, most importantly my uncle who taught me how to tattoo.