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Anonymous: Yo. Mainly I just want to say your work has been an inspiration for a few years now, on and off always finding myself coming back to admire. But here's a question . . . obviously terminology and splitting hairs is bullshit, but did you ever see yourself going the 'Picasso' route - strict gallery artist? Maybe it's a kinds fake and snobbish position these days, but there is that weird aura about artists like that who never did much illustration and always expressed their singular view instead.

I basically am a “strictly gallery artist”. Pretty much all my money comes from selling original art through fine art galleries.

I have done exactly 2 commissions in my life: one picture for Newsweek when they did an article on Thomas Pynchon and one page for China Mieville’s “Dial E For Evil” for the final issue where they had a different artist on every page—basically as a favor for China because he’s a friend and a fan.

I am not, in principle, opposed to doing commissions—and I like the idea of books or other projects where normal working people can afford the final product—but it’s hard to find people who want something interesting done.

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jwill213jwill213: I really enjoy your work and had a question about works like Skin Diamond, Mandy Morbid, on our couch. Do you start with a photographic reference or are your pieces freehand?

They are all done “freehand” in the sense that I do not trace or use projectors or anything. However: sometimes I look at photos I took when I draw and sometimes I look at what’s in front of me in real life. Whatever’s convenient.

And if it’s a like a turtle with planets for eyes then, obviously, I made that up.

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I’ll be in a show with Raymond Pettibon, Marcel Dzama and Nobuyoshi Araki and others opening June 28th 5-7, Richard Heller Gallery, LA. See you there.

Anonymous: would you make a painting for someone? for sale.

If it was an interesting job.

Also note: I have received many offers. So far, none have ever been interesting.

Nadia Nitro (detail) acrylic paint on paper

Nadia Nitro (detail) acrylic paint on paper

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