SIGN PAINTER

An established artist studio in South Central Los Angeles

SIGN PAINTER

Monday – Friday (Full-time, hourly)

An established artist studio in South Central Los Angeles seeks an experienced painter to join a growing team in the role of SIGN PAINTER.

ABOUT:

Through the creation of sculpture, collage, and installation, and with a spirit of collaboration and mutual support, this multi-faceted artist addresses the challenges faced by people of color and queer communities in South Central Los Angeles. Their studio is non-hierarchical, inspired by one person’s artistic vision, but driven and formed by the hands, minds, and hearts of many.

With deep ties to their neighborhood—and inextricable from their artistic practice and studio—is the artist’s community center. This space is imbued with the spirit of independence and is founded on an ethos of empowerment through self-directed action. The center is a site of support and sustainability, a hub where Black and Brown liberation and self-direction is championed and celebrated.

Responsibilities

DUTIES:

  • Plan and execute a wide range of large-scale sculptural art projects and functional objects (e.g. music stages, parade floats, produce stands) in close communication with the artist

  • Transfer templates and drawings to a variety of surfaces with pouncing machine to prepare for painting

  • Outline the logistical needs of the project, including ideal paints, tools, and equipment necessary for efficient completion

  • Research prices and procure material resources, locally or online

  • Problem-solve and present creative ideas and solutions in order to facilitate project goals within a given timeframe

  • Routine maintenance of sign painting equipment and tools; regular organization of studio layout

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate should be calm, patient, flexible, creative, and adaptable; experienced in sign painting. They should enjoy problem solving and collaboration as well as derive satisfaction from teaching, training, and empowering others, and should have an interest in community engagement, social justice, and mutual aid. In addition—

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in sign painting on a variety of paint application processes.

  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience as a professional sign painter or assistant preferred

  • Demonstrated experience with oil based and acrylic paints

  • Demonstrated sign painting experience with a vast array of sculptural materials, including plywood, hard woods, steel, concrete, required

  • Demonstrated gold and sliver leaf application

  • Experience teaching, training, mentoring, and/or managing others in painting methods preferred

  • Ability to stand and stay active for 8 hours per day

  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects (50+ lbs.)

  • BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ candidates, particularly Black women, encouraged to apply

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • The pay scale for this position is $25 – $45/hour, commensurate with experience

  • Hours: Full-time, 32 to 40 hours (4 to 5 days/week), Monday through Friday, 10am – 6pm

COVID-19:

  • The essential duties of this position are fully in-person in an active studio, and wearing a mask or other COVID-19 safety protocols may be required
How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials to signpainting.studio.job@gmail.com with the subject line “Sign Painter”:

  • Resume, with clear indications of relevant skills requested above

  • A brief cover letter (optional) to elaborate on skill set and qualifications

  • A work portfolio, with a selection of images showing sign painting work in multiple stages of production (PDF format, up to 10 pages)

  • A list of 3-4 professional references (they will not be contacted until a later stage of the interview process, with the candidate’s permission)

A brief (paid) sign painting skills test may be conducted with finalists for the position.

Candidates with most, if not all, qualifications are encouraged to apply. BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ applicants are welcomed.

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Posted on September 16