“This is a style I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now… “infrared images”. I want to try more of these in the near future. If you’re in the San Antonio area, drop by The Paintyard to check it out!”- Artist Statement about the featured cover art.
Paul Garson is a multimedia Artist who specializes in murals, airbrush, acrylics, digital art with many pieces based out of San Antonio, TX.
“Though Garson only began painting in his 30s, he quickly made up for lost time. In the past seven years, he’s created roughly 20 murals.
Garson started out painting on canvas, but he traded his brush for an aerosol can and airbrush equipment so he could work faster. He taught himself to create large-scale pieces with guidance from Soupè, whom he met while buying art supplies.
Garson’s works for SASAI includes a mural of a chimp grinning into a smartphone camera at burger joint Tycoon Flats — a good-natured jab at the selfie-obsessed and bait for same. On a pillar under I-35, he also created a wraparound Día de los Muertos-themed piece of a woman in calavera makeup surrounded by monarch butterflies.
Garson understands that some street artists have an issue with what they perceive as the commercialization of an art form that’s independent by nature. He has his own way of balancing things out, however.
“For every one piece they pay me to do, I do another piece for myself,” he says. “No one’s paying me. No one’s asking me to do it. I just go and ask somebody, ‘Hey, man, can I paint on your wall?’”- (SA Current 2019)