We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Fleischman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chase, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks is important for growth when talking about a career in art. For example, when I got my first mural opportunity in 2017 at Deep Ellum Art Company, my portfolio at the time did not consist of any paintings and solely featured drawings & illustration.

When I accepted the mural opportunity I had to quickly teach myself how to paint, how to paint in a large format, and how to paint on brick. All while hoping I didn’t crash and burn in a very public setting.

After completing the mural I stuck with painting and have been trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible, teaching myself new techniques and methods over time. Because of this, I have been quite fortunate with the opportunities that have continued to present themselves.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork typically focuses on sci-fi/futuristic themes, but I also try to mix in surrealism, humor and/or music into my work as well. I’m probably most recognized for my old, worn out looking robot paintings, and while those are probably my favorite thing to paint, I try not to stay too one dimensional and will sometimes test myself by painting other subjects or themes as well.

I wouldn’t say any of this came easy. It requires a lot of time and dedication to develop any craft. For the most part my art style and techniques are largely self-taught, but now that my portfolio has transitioned from drawing to paint, I feel my background in drawing has helped me develop my own unique style when it comes to canvas.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a homebody for the most part and love to grill and cook so most likely we’d start with a cookout at my place. If we were going out, then most likely the evening would end up somewhere in Deep Ellum at one of the many venues or bars to choose from there.

Another spot I’m fond of is Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery in downtown Garland. Great BBQ, live music, and good rotating selection of brews.

There’s some good spots to eat & drink in Addison as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife Momtaz has always been incredibly supportive of my artistic endeavors and I can count on her to honestly critique my work when I feel something looks “off” and needs another set of eyes.

I have also had a lot of encouragement and support from local artists and galleries in DFW, particularly in Deep Ellum. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Deep Ellum Art Company and Kettle Art gallery in Deep Ellum several times, so shoutout to John and Kari LaRue, Amber Crimmings, Frank Campagna and Paula Harris for allowing me to throw painted robots on your walls from time to time!

Website: https://chaseartist.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chasetheartist/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chaseartist

Image Credits
Headshot credit – Jessica Waffles (@eatmorewaffles)

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