Jasmine Becket-Griffith

by Horror Sleaze Trash on December 13, 2011

Nymph with Monarchs - Lowbrow Gothic Art by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a traditional painter working exclusively in acrylic paints.  Her artwork is well known throughout the world and can be found in many collections, books, magazines, lines of merchandise, and of course galleries.  Jasmine’s trademark wide-eyed female figures feature prominently in her paintings with elements of gothic, surrealism, fairytales, historical reference, fantasy, occult and lowbrow themes.  Jasmine lives in Celebration, Florida with her husband/assistant Matt and their cats.  She has been a professional painter since 1997 and her online gallery can be found at strangeling.com
Gothic Skull Fairy - A Candle in the Dark - gothic fairy  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

HST: Your work is a very solid mediums right, original acrylic paintings on wood or masonite panel. Do you feel this process adds to the paintings general style and final feel?

JBG: I do – I think that working with very physical substrates like acrylics and wood panels gives a lot of my work a feeling of depth and substance. Creating a painting layer by layer with my hands sometimes feels more like building or sculpting (on a very 2-dimensional scale of course!).

HST: The woman are always very stylized with exaggerated features. Is this a purposeful effort. Are you saying something here about woman in general, or rather a personal style of drawing?

JBG: : Most of my work is heavily stylized intentionally. It is somewhat an exaggeration of how I naturally tend to draw – a lot of my characters are somewhat caricatures of myself, self-portaits of a sort. I think a lot of artists tend to paint themselves to one extent or another and the features I identify with myself are amplified in my paintings.

Tiki Art - Amara and the Book:  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

HST: I love the historical and cultural mashes with the cutesy wide brim faces of your females, the placement and setting of time is classic in a surreal way, would you agree?

JBG:  absolutely – I like to think that a lot of my artwork takes place in a surreal/dreamlike setting that is very much outside of normal time & space. While some elements are realistic or may hearken to a specific era, I like to juxtapose them with contemporary influences or complete fantasy/fairytale themes. That’s part of the fun of painting, getting to illustrate situations that couldn’t really happen, and getting to portray them in a way I find beautiful.

Gothic Alice in Wonderland Pictures & Lowbrow Art: Alice in a Da Vinci Portrait  by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

HST: You have work all over the world, in many galleries, how do your husband Matt and your cats deal with being assosiated to such a wanted woman?

JBG: Ha! Well, the cats actually get to be a part of it – they often go along with us on the road – they are well-traveled for cats. Matt is however a very integral part of my operation – he’s up before dawn everyday building stretcher boards for canvases, framing paintings, loading the van for gallery deliveries, processing orders, etc. He is a workhorse and takes care of the physical side of moving the product so I can focus more on the actual creation/painting side of things. It’s a lot of work & sometimes unwanted stress on him but he enjoys being able to work at home, with his wife all day!

Steampunk Halloween Art:  A Clockwork Pumpkin by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

HST: You love animals and the mythological, what would be a perfect hybrid of a mystical animal and an animal of real life?

JBG: : Oh wow – how about an octopus-dragon – nothing could defeat him!

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