Javier Pinon Paints James Bond’s ‘Octopussy’ Into A Whole New Picture

New York-based artist Javier Pinon combines the real with the unreal, human with non-human, and the innocent with the provocative in his pieces. Mostly using collage as his medium of choice, Pinon is inspired by myth and legend as we see series depicting minotaurs and medusas in surreal landscapes. His recent series of women and octopi was so intriguing we had to get the inside scoop.


What is it about women that turns you on in art?

I’m a fan of fantasy and I love the girls of Frank Frazetta—beautiful, seductive and a little dangerous.

If you could have any woman as your muse, who would it be?

My wife has been my muse since the day we met. She inspires me every day to be a better artist and a better man.

What inspires you as an artist?

I take my inspiration from images that I find in old books and magazines. I enjoy plucking a figure out of its original context and building a whole new narrative around that image.

Your work is very colorful and Art Deco. Did growing up in Miami by the ocean evoke any of your work?

I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean, and my time snorkeling and collecting shells on the beaches of Florida taught me how to appreciate the beauty of the world around me. It also made me into a collector, and all of my work comes out of that impulse.

What was the inspiration behind ‘Octopussy’?

Octopussy was inspired by the mythology of Nymphs, and Sirens, and other goddesses of the sea. The title is also obviously a nod to James Bond and there are a number of scuba divers in these collages that represent that character.

What artist, dead or alive, would you want to sit with for dinner?

It would have to be Dalí. A wild surreal dinner party with melting silverware and food that bit back.

5 tips for young artists who want to make it?

1. Be honest and realistic with yourself about your goals.

2. There are a lot of ways to “make it” in this world so be sure the happiness you seek is your own, not someone else’s.

3. Look at art. Go to museums, galleries, studio visits with other artists. Art is a conversation and it’s important to look outside of your own work and be the audience for someone else’s.

4. Make the work that you want to make without compromise.

5. Above all, love what you do. If you’re not having fun you should probably be doing something else.

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