Five questions to Jacob Futhey

Five questions to Jacob Futhey

Jacob Futhey was born in St. Louis in 1983 and currently lives in Chicago. At a young age, he loved to have a camera in his hand, and in his teens, he began working in the darkroom. Over the years, he kept a camera in his hand, working as a pet and portrait photographer. He shot for a magazine and for news stories but grew bored of figurative work. He began studying abstract painters, to learn more about composition and color. This led him to paint. He painted for a few years and continued taking photographs. Then, he began to merge mediums. How did you get into art?

My uncle handed me a Polaroid camera when I was young. He showed me what button to push and then told me to take a picture of him. I got excited and jumped while pressing the button. The picture came out a blurry mess. That’s where it started.

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

Abstract, curious, colorful. I combine mediums and experiment often, there aren’t limitations to where it can go. How do you go about developing your work?

I habitually have a camera in my pocket and walk a lot in the city. I look for lines and colors to make compositions with. I then make prints and add to them with various mediums. Who or what influences you?

I have been and continue to be influenced by many artists and musicians but what influences my work most are the colors and compositions in everyday life.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

Over the last few years, I’ve been focused on painting, mixed media, and photography. Only recently have I begun to combine them. My work will keep expanding and there are endless possibilities.Learn more about the artist: