When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.
Jules Demetrius is a local painter who describes himself as a "skinny nerd, sushi freak, and friend to most woodland creatures great and small."
Demetrius has lived in Phoenix for more than 12 years and has shown his work at The Icehouse, 5&6, Blunt Club, Wet Paint, and he'll showcase his latest this weekend during Lambchop at the Monarch Theatre.
I came to Phoenix with ... two suitcases, a recently divorced lesbian, and an over-active frontal lobe -- all of which are still in my life to some degree
I make art because ... I have to. It's natural to me, like blinking or daily toenail growth. Fish swim. Flies fly. Arpaio profiles. I make stuff.
I'm most productive when ... my studio is clean, the kids are happy, my subwoofer is coughing, and I have stacks of fresh wood, new cans, blades, and some sour diesel
My inspiration wall consists of ... my memories. I'm not much on clutter. I keeps my shit nice.
I've learned the most from ... observation. Paying attention to cats that are higher up on the artistic food chain. I could drop a few names but they get enough pub. My turn please.
Good work should always ... make you feel something. As long as it pushes a button within you then the artist has done his job.
The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... patrons of the arts. More free walls. More art stores. Less cops. And several murals by that art kid.
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)
100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy 27. Jonathan Simon 26. Ann Morton 25. Kim Moody 24. Kevin Flanagan 23. Such and Champ Styles 22. Julia Fournier 21. Rebecca Green