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Life & Work with Josh Fay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Fay.

Hi Josh, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been an artists, it just became more official when I went to art school. That’s where I learned how to think about art and hone my skills. I did art shows all the time, helped run the student gallery and soaked up everything that community had to offer before moving to Minneapolis. I mainly make commission based work, but I’m trying to take more time to make work for myself.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t really like the idea of “natural talent” because it overshadows the hundreds of hours poured into the practice and the learning and the constant grinding, but I’ve always been naturally inclined towards art, both the making of and the eye for. Drawing and painting is what I do best. It might be the only thing I do that I can honestly say I do well. While everything else in my life seems to be a constant struggle, this isn’t.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Nowadays I paint mostly. I dabble in screen printing, but it’s too process orientated, so it’s more laborious to me. Painting is what I love. I like taking nothing and making something. It’s like a magic trick. I like to mix the occult, mythology and pop culture references. Most of my commissions fall somewhere in that realm. I don’t enjoy painting the ordinary. I don’t like to paint what is, I’d much prefer to paint what isn’t. I’ve been studying the occult and mythology since I was a small weird kid. It informs most of what I do so I’m constantly looking for new sources. I’ve been working at Ramen Kazama Select for the past (almost) four years, so I’ve been delving heavily into Japanese folktales about the Yokai and the Oni.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Everybody loves a good shirt in Minneapolis. People are not afraid to stop you on the street and engage you about your dope shirt or your cool jacket. People in Minneapolis are all artists and musicians. Everyone I know makes art and music. Right now I can hear a house show somewhere in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Minneapolis has its issues, mostly stemming from a police force consisting of people that don’t live in Minneapolis. Jack booted thugs more inclined to hurt bipoc than to protect and serve.


  • I charge $25 an hour.
  • Paintings generally take between 4-8 hours.

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