100 Creatives

Phoenix Artist J.B. Snyder: 100 Creatives

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 16. J.B. Snyder.

Knowingly or not, there's a good chance you're already familiar with J.B. Snyder's work.

The artist and prominent downtown Phoenix muralist has covered plenty of the Valley's walls, including those of Modern Manor, Gringo Starr Street Bar, and The Dressing Room, with his trademark saturated, geometric works.

But these days, Snyder's up to a whole lot more than painting.

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He owns and operates art store Fifth Street Paint Supply, just south of Roosevelt Row, and is working on opening a new gallery space nearby. He says his days are typically packed with trips to the hardware store, hitting up concerts with friends, spending time with both his girlfriend and his dog, Buster, and cooking.

But that's not to say he's leaving the mural-making life behind anytime soon.

"I've been working on a few commission pieces and murals and experimenting a lot in the studio," Snyder says, noting that he's been spending hours in the studio on a daily basis. "I'm doing an indoor mural for The Pressroom [and] also planning a large-scale mural to go up before the Super Bowl in January."

Keep an eye out.

I came to Phoenix with my car, a U-Haul full of stuff, and a need for a change from fast-paced LA.

I make art because I enjoy making people smile and brightening this bleak landscape.

I'm most productive when it's dark out, not too many folks are around, and I have some reggae tunes and a cold one.

My inspiration wall is full of my friends' tags and color palettes.

I've learned most from most importantly my family, but also a lot about art, and the art world from my partner in art crime Zachary Dean Glover.

Good work should always be consistent, bold, and representative of now!

The Phoenix creative scene could use more cool land owners that offer afforable spaces to people like Quincy Ross, Lalo Cota, Tato Caraveo, and others working in the downtown area. More professional galleries working with local artists, besides that I think we are on the up and up!

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson 28. Tyson Krank 27. Mikey Estes 26. Anwar Newton 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick 24. Tato Caraveo 23. Jorge Torres 22. Laura Spalding Best 21. Shawnte Orion 20. Mike Olbinski 19. Christina You-Sun Park 18. Jon Arvizu 17. Anya Melkozernova

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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