From Punk Rock to Hyperrealism: Aaron Nagel's Artistic Journey
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From Punk Rock to Hyperrealism: Aaron Nagel's Artistic Journey

Step into the captivating world of Aaron Nagel, an American painter and former musician, as he joins host Rob Lee on "The Truth in this Art" podcast. From his beginnings as the original trumpet player for punk rock/ska core act Link 80 to becoming a renowned painter with a hyperrealistic style, Nagel's journey is as eclectic as his art.

In this insightful interview, Aaron Nagel discusses:

  • His background and the pivotal moment that led him into the world of art.
  • The life experiences that shaped his creative sensibility and inspired his artistic process.
  • How his self-taught background influences his unique approach to painting.
  • The exploration of themes such as guilt and power, reflecting his views on organized religion and theism, and the powerful messages he conveys through his art.
  • Specific pieces or series in his portfolio that hold a special significance and meaning to him.
  • The non-negotiable aspects of creativity and collaboration in his artistic practice.
  • Tapping into childlike creativity and embracing the strangeness that makes him unique in his field.
  • His vision for the evolution of his art in the coming years.

Don't miss this illuminating conversation that delves into the intersection of music and art, unveiling the depths of Aaron Nagel's creative mind and the beauty of his hyperrealistic masterpieces.


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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Hosted by Rob Lee, "The Truth In This Art" podcast dives into the heart of creativity and its influence on the community. This arts and culture podcast from Baltimore highlights artists discussing their ideas, sharing insights, and telling impactful stories. Through these artist interviews, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the creative economy and artistic life in Baltimore. 

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The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.