XRAY

“I was a kid who watched a lot of T.V. and drank a lot of Kool-Aid. During childhood, I experienced a mix of military and native cultures eventually sending me on a quest to find a universal language that could express the mix of mythologies in my life. In my early teens, I became involved in skateboarding and graffiti and hip-hop culture at large, this continues to this day.

In my paintings, I take symbolism from religion, commercial pop-culture and my sub-conscious to create “visual equations”.There is a design edge in my work combined with cartoon simplicity and street aesthetics. I would describe my work as a mash-up of graffiti, utilitarian symbolism, traditional sign-painting and skateboard art.
I see my paintings as modern totems wherein I use corporate aesthetics to “advertise” spiritual and existential themes. The exaggerated use of color and shapes is reminiscent of the toy and candy advertisements that I grew up with.

I use hand techniques but am influenced by the “computer-graphics age”. I generally work with a combination of brush and spray-painting. I often finish my gallery work with ultra-glossy resin to achieve the most “plastic”, manufactured  look possible.

Some of my inspirations are military insignia, nature, skateboard and tattoo art, old signs,  tarot cards, Native cultures, “secret society” symbolism, Japanese art, propaganda, diagrams, video-games, the 1980′s, science, action movies and vintage advertising & cartoons.”

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