THERE IS NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF!TJ’s philosophy is to explore the classical, the random in chaos, and to communicate the visceral nature of both the beautiful and the horrific. In much of his work he aims to challenge the status quo. He is known to operate under various pseudonyms for both published and non-published works to maintain maximum anonymity & freedom while creating controversial and poignant cartoons, paintings, and illustrations. The work on display here is not TJ’s edgy work, which is only for prying eyes who seek it out.
Among his influences, TJ names Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Andy Warhol, Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, Van Gogh, and the figurative work of Francis Bacon. TJ aims for his work to raise the questions, “what lenses do I wear?”, “how do I see the world?” and to convey a sense of urgency for unifying the human primal scream. Above all, he approaches life with humor, love, & truth.
TJ works across many mediums. His paintings have shown in group and one-man shows in San Francisco, and are in private collections in some of the finest neighborhoods in the city. He has been a regular contributing illustrator in nationally and internationally distributed social justice publications. While living in L.A., he created a series of ten theater drops for a production at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium “Follies”. His original designs are hand blown in Polish glass Christmas ornaments & sold, along with other works, on his Etsy site TJWalkupDesigns. TJ has also worked for Burning Man on one of the festival’s first BAT teams (Burn Activities Team).
His creative energy is unleashed audibly in his musical works. For almost two years, TJ stands in the top five (under a pseudonym), waning mostly between spots one and three, on a popular experimental music channel. In the early 90s, TJ played guitar in an alternative folk band in popular clubs in the L.A. area the Painted iD. He still plays regularly, although now for a smaller audience of his wife and 3 year old daughter.
Currently, TJ stays busy with Cinematography, Directing, and editing under his successful & reputable production company, Omnific Pictures. He has directed/produced/shot celebrity artists (Tommy Lee, DJ Sharam, Third Eye Blind, Magik Magik Orchestra, The Dodos, Geographer, Two Gallants etc.), Fortune 500 corporations (New Balance, Levi’s, Google, McAfee, Intel), a Golden Eagle Cinema Award winning TV program (season 2 of Discovery’s “Addicted” ), independent documentaries, and music videos (Death Valley High’s Multiply), parts of which were shot on Mare Island. TJ has also Directed at Universal Studios.
TJ’s newest endeavor in event promotion has given birth to TJ Walkup Presents Mocktoberfest, a curated Punk & Edge Arts Micro Festival which produces rock shows since October 2013. In partnership with the Mira Theatre Guild 501c3, the event will include live music performances, poignant films, and a docented art display to benefit music programs in Vallejo. More detailed information about this event is at mocktoberfest.org.
TJ works in a studio space on Mare Island and continues to find new inspiration to paint, draw, and create in Vallejo.
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