One of my pieces is featured in the latest edition of Brut magazine.
Brut is an up-and-coming online art magazine, which is gaining popularity on Instagram, which is also where I discovered it. Their focus is ostensibly “all things lowbrow, weird and wonderful”. They aim to discover “pop surrealists from around the world” and “give them the attention they truly deserve”.
Shhhhhh. I’m not really “low brow” nor a “pop surrealist”. I’m not a genre artist. If I were a writer, I’d write “literature”. Nevertheless my exploration of visual imagery includes elements of surrealism and popular references (such as 50’s sci-fi) that appeal to the “low brow” crowd.
I suppose I should say what “low brow” is, because it’s a bit misleading, as it’s typically an insulting epithet. I’ll save myself the trouble and just quote Wikipedia:
Lowbrow, or lowbrow art, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, and hot-rod cultures of the street. It is also often known by the name pop surrealism.
I was born in LA and lived there through my twenties, but I’m not into underground comix, punk music, or hot-rods (I could have gotten into any or all of those, but despite the geographic proximity, I didn’t have much access to those genres). My favorite 20th century artist is Francis Bacon (and, uh, my favorite all-time rock band is Gentle Giant, who are definitely not low brow music). But in order to continue the sort of visual art tradition that Bacon and Van Gogh belong to, I like to incorporate subjects and treatments that are only possible in my lifetime, and particular to my circumstances. Thus you might get a digital painting of a human fly.
What kind of art is this? Illustration? Pop surrealism? Sci-fi? Humor? Horror? Fine art painting? Existential art? I like to think it’s all of them. I try, where there’s opportunity, to infuse as much content as I can into an image.
I could be wrong, but I get the impression people struggle with my art because they don’t know how to categorize it. My most popular pieces are the ones which most appear, at least at first, to belong within an already extant genre. But really, I’m my own genre. My art primarily reflects my own personal perspective on the world, and I avoid established styles, techniques, and content that could be done without my ever having existed. This is true, not surprisingly, of my favorite artists.
Anyway, I’m glad the good people at Brut found one of my images acceptable for their publication. Hopefully they’ll remember me and feature some of my other or future pieces.
This is an unusual image even for me. I first created the creatures using Zbrush, then colored them, then digitally painted them. You can read more about the process and see closeups here.
Or watch this video:
I should have a new piece out in the next few days, so check back in.
3 replies on “My art in “Brut #5: Oddity””
Looks like y’r one of the few in “BRUT #5” who transcend the comics and 50’s uglyball type art [I keep forgetting the name of this genre but recall if from my youth as full of blood, eyeballs not necessarily in their sockets, gearshift knobs, blood, guts and more blood]. I don’t know if that’s good or bad as far as exposure goes.
So far, my favorite among y’r works Is the temple guard dog. At least, as far as I can remember it is.
Good hap with y’r life, art, the Universe and Everything.
Y’r ol’ Bud,
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Yeah, you’ve got a good point there. Glad you like the temple guard. I like to think I’m somewhat eclectic, and I find that people’s favorite pieces by me are all over the place. I don’t know what my favorite is. It depends on my mood.
Hi, gain, Fike:
Oh yeah, I guess the eye-popping style IS “low brow”. I loved those monsters in cars on cards or stickers that came out when I was a kid, but I rarely got to see them and didn’t own any myself. I was more influenced by a Horror/Sci-fi encyclopedia a neighbor gave me as a birthday gift when I was a kid.
I’m flattered you see my work as standing out for not being of a certain genre, as I hope to be out on my own peculiar limb at least some of the time.
Thanks for the comment and for your ongoing support!