Next up in our Prints & Inks artist profiles series is Jp King, a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, designer, publisher and writer. Through print and paper, Jp takes an inherently experimental and socialist approach to culture. His work explores contemporary mythology, masculinity, garbage, and collective activity, which is manifested in collage, installation, murals, and multiples. He founded and operates the micro-publishing studio Paper Pusher, which champions the Risograph, a digital printing system that uses a process similar to silkscreening but produces high volumes. He is chief designer and literary editor at the art subscription Papirmass, alongside his wife and frequent collaborator, visual artist Kirsten McCrea (also a featured artist at Prints & Inks). A graduate of Concordia University, Jp is continuing his investigation of the intersecting fields of art, media and design as part of his Master of Arts degree at OCAD University. He was named a Top 30 Under 30 artist by Blouin Artinfo Canada in 2013.
Here’s what he had to say about his work: