I’ve been watching the global, or underground, art and design scene for over ten years now and as a result have seen artists start with small portfolios and unique ideas to become known on an international scale for their quality of output. Being a big fan of these people for so long, I always feel compelled to contribute to their endeavors by owning a small piece of their respective creative journeys. Afterall, small contributions help keep independent artists doing what they do best.
So I would like to dedicate this post to some of the art and design items I have accumulated over the past few years, all of which I am so very proud to show and own.
Shown above are my various Obey Giant items. I have been a fan of Shepard Fairey since coming across his website ten years ago and am thrilled to see him become the design powerhouse he is today. My Obey items include Supply and Demand, a big Obey vinyl sticker, E Pluribus Venom and Shep’s recent Obama design for the cover of Time Magazine.
I waited a long time before ordering anything from the Obey Giant store, mostly because there was too many prints I wanted. However when this poster design for my favorite band went live, I ordered within seconds. This is #88 of a 250 limited edition print run.
My two favorite items from Scott Hansen’s online store over at ISO50, his Vuela 1971 poster along with his Workers t-shirt.
Darwyn Cooke is my favorite comic book artist with a lovely vintage style that lends itself nicely to DC’s bright and colorful characters. He also just happens to live about and hour from Halifax. Shown above are two of Darwyn’s original drawings, on the left is Green Lantern drawn for me at an instore signing at Strange Adventures, the best comic shop in the world. On the right is a character design for Amon Sur, created for the New Frontier animated feature movie.
My most recent purchase is Chuck Anderson’s new book, Wandering off into Space. This second book showcases Chuck’s amazing client and personal work created since 2003. Check it out at NoPattern. I’m yet to own any of Chuck’s prints myself, however have given a few to friends and family as gifts.
Here are two beautiful self-portrait prints by my favorite photographer, Lucia Holm. I discovered her work over a year ago and can’t get enough of her eye for color, environment-usage and subtle effects. She nails the idea of retro-modern.
After watching the work of Joshua Davis for the duration of my design career (I discovered his Praystation site while I was still in school in 1998) I am proud to own this poster series he designed for Ming Dynasty.
As I said, I’m very proud to have these books, prints and drawings as part of my growing collection of design culture artifacts, and I’m sure the list will grow as the scene progresses and changes as new art emerges.