Member Feature: Q&A with Modo artist Jasper Murphy
We have four art vans on the road!
We’re excited to welcome our 4th art wrapped cargo van to the fleet, located right outside the Mergatroid Building (#1024) and already a favourite among local artists. We spoke to Modo member and artist Jasper Murphy to learn more about his creative vision and how it feels to drive your own art through town!
Interview with the artist
How long have you been a Modo member?
Jasper: I’ve been a member since 2010. I use Modo for appointments and stocking up on art supplies.
How did you hear about the Modo art van opportunity?
The Modo newsletter.
Tell us more about the design – how did you come up with the design?
I create shapes of various colours until a pattern starts to emerge that stimulates my mind. Once I’ve connected all the background colours, I draw based on what comes to mind—memories and imaginings. I pretty much allow my imagination to run wild, and follow whatever comes up. I’ll put in some smybolism and self-invented code to disguise a few things, which adds to the intrigue for viewers. When creating this piece I laid out the colours from darker to lighter tones, as a way of enhancing the composition and working with the shape of the van. Each van side is different so the entire piece creates a variety of scenes.
I grew up in a rural Irish town in West Cork, and we had to go to church every week. My style has been shaped by my time spent staring at the stained glass windows along with all the interlacing scenes represented in the cathedral-like interior. Ironically, I also grew up reading pre-Christian Irish folklore and mythology which fascinated me. They were full with tales of druids, voyages, battles and underworlds. These myths and stories weave their way into my work along with nature and all it’s mad and wonderful creatures. I think my obsession with questioning the metaphysical is the biggest driving force of my art and trying to understand the complexities of being human. As I create, I also ponder my own stories around identity, people and place.
I’m originally trained in graphic design, and have created large scale designs for clients before but this is a first for my own artwork.
How does it feel driving your own art through town?
It felt pretty surreal. My friend and I drove it to Stanley Park to photograph it. We had a great morning, and a tourist came to chat and offered to take a few photos too which was cool!
On the road
Have you seen Jasper’s rainbow van roaming around Vancouver? The Dodge Ram Promaster is the largest vehicle in our fleet, making it the perfect choice for transporting furniture, bikes, or moving heavy equipment. Plus: All Modo vans have commercial parking permits!
Book the art van for your next drive & share your pictures with our latest Modo art vans using #modoeverywhere on social media!
Are you a Modo member and artist interested in creating an art wrap? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.