What’s your name?
Hi! Im Jared Flores aka Jared Circusbear
Where are you located?
I make work from my home studio in North Hollywood, California.
Day job or full-time artist?
I am blessed to have the collector base to be a full time custom toy and pop art artist. I currently show with Gallery 1988 in Hollywood.
Any random things you want people to know about you?
I’m a huge fan of pop culture. I have a lot of fandoms but my most revered are Star Wars, Disney/Pixar Animation, and Pokemon. I’m especially stoked about the new era of Star Wars that is about to be unleashed on the world later this year. Its pretty easy to notice my pop culture affinity in my work, a lot of time spent figuring out who to translate characters to vinyl molds.
How long have you been painting toys?
I have been an artist all my life, and I have been making toy art for over two years now.
Anything specific you’d like people to know about your toy work (style, influences, special techniques, etc.)?
I have a classical training in oil painting. I actually had the privilege to study under some very skilled painters especially in the field of realism. I feel like this gave me a good knowledge of color and light that I implore within my work to achieve some pretty cool Trompe l’oeil effects. Essentially what that means is when I haven’t decided to make an element of a piece sculpted, I can trick the eye with paint effects 😉
Do you take commissions?
A great deal of my artwork that goes out is to collector homes. If you are interested in a commission, please feel free to hit me up. I’m always game to chat about a commission design.
Best way(s) for people to contact you/see your work?
My website www.jaredcircusbear.com is my online hub for all my social media as well as a full gallery of my work. I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, FlickrFlickr, so if you want to add me on any or all of those the links are on my page.