Interview with Artist and Illustrator Joe Granski

From strippers and porn stars to protesters, cosplayers, and super heroes in the making, Joe Granski’s work gives a peek into sub-cultures outside of the mainstream.

Joe Granski is a painter and illustrator who is local to the DC area. His portraits explore the way people use images to present themselves and how those images are, in turn received by others. He has recently displayed his work at DC’s Artomatic.

Dennis, Matt, and I have known Joe for many years and now, he sits with the crew of Unified Pop Theory, Red Bull in hand, ruminating about the creative paths he has taken and what calls “artistic causality”. We found him to be a walking contradiction. Congenial with a bit of arrogance. Opinionated and at the same, a creative recluse. Listen to the interview.

Joe talked about Daniel Huot, Scott Burdick, and the craft of painting, but he was a bit reticent to show any of his works in progress. However, he had posted a demonstration on painting nudes in the Old Master’s style and we found several of his painting studies.

Study for Deidre

Seeing a work as it is being created gives immense insight into the creative mind– from colors to composition. With a bit of prodding, there was a hint of a promise of doing a time lapse of Joe’s process.

Study for Abbie

To learn more about Joe’s work, visit his website at

Tate Srey - Tate Srey is an artist and an engineer. He is a nerd who likes to lift heavy things and put them back down again. He loves to run and swim and build things. He makes his own wine and beer, and dies a little inside when he has to pay more than $5 for draft. He has a natural affection for people with a teacher's spirit-- those who will share their knowledge and experience with others. Some men just want to watch the world learn. Tate can be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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