J Massullo

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in northern Virginia, mostly. I moved around a good bit.

How would you describe your artistic style?

It changes depending on the medium and what I’m feeling at the time. This mural is really graphic, almost like an illustration. I do a lot of murals like this, but I also paint somewhat realistically and draw with pen, too.

Do you have a preferred medium to work with?

I tend to like murals. I like being outdoors where it feels like a physical activity. Spray paint is a lot of fun, but you can’t always do that, so I often paint and draw.

Is most of this mural spray paint?

The gradient fill is spray paint. It’s the best way to blend colors quickly. Yet, there’s no way I could do spray paint over the gradient and cut the lines like that without ruining the flow, so the black outline is acrylic brush.

What attracted you to Satellite Park and to Mural Durham?

I kind of stumbled into the last Mural Durham. I met the guys who were doing the side wall of the Arts Annex by chance, and they wanted to add more content to their tags, so they invited me. While we were doing that, Amy Unell talked to us about painting these dishes.

Are you working on any other projects right now?

Yeah, I have another work in progress that I need to finish. It’s a commission for the City of Durham on the Ellerbee Creek Trail. There’s a new greenway trail underneath Highway 85, and the exterior has been commissioned by myself and another artist.

Do you have any favorite places in Durham?

Anywhere I can spray paint, really. Honestly, I’d have to say that this is turning into my favorite place.