A St. Louis artist is turning heads with what he even describes as behavior that’s slightly obsessive. From his incredibly prolific amount of work, to his “hands on” approach to building a new gallery, Jared Minnick is getting attention.
The story begins with his painting. Minnick had an artistic flair when he was younger, but let it fade. He picked up his paint brushes again back in 2012 as a hobby, painting a few pieces over the next two years. Then, he says, came 2014. “In fourteen a switch happened,” he says. “Between 14 and 15 I did over 100 paintings. It just consumed me. I started doing it every weekend. Every Friday and Saturday night.”
And it didn’t stop. He now has some 280 completed works, along with 50 more he is working on. Those numbers don’t include countless others he started that simply didn’t make the cut. It’s a lot of work which takes up a lot of space. Cue the next obsession.
Two years ago he and his wife bought a building on Hampton Avenue. It is essentially a business duplex. On one side, they’ve housed their surveying business. Yes, Minnick also runs a business full time as his “real job.” They saw the other side of the building as the spot to put the paintings. This would become the 31 Art Gallery. It would be a home for all his work, and eventually other artists, as well.