For July’s QuickTalk, each member made an influence map showing aspects of art history that affect their work. We’ll be posting each member’s map over the next few days, so keep watching!
Here are nine of my biggest visual influences. Of course, this list could go on forever, and like most of us, I’m sure I’m influenced by things I’m not even aware of. But this is what I’ve picked (left to right, top to bottom):
Gorgio de Chirico: The underrated forerunner of Surrealism (which I’m big into as a whole, really).
Edward Hopper: A quintessential American realist and hella moody.
Pulp magazine illustration (image by Norman Saunders): Guns, gangsters, aliens, cowboys, monsters—it’s all there. I’m drawn to pulp art for how weird and extreme it is, and how big and bold the technique is.
Children’s art: I always find kid art inspiring for its emotional rawness and limitless imagination.
Esther Pearl Watson: OK, so I’m big into UFO’s, but whatever Esther’s subject matter, she handles it with a personal touch and wonderfully unrefined simplicity.
UFO/extraterrestrial culture: Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with aliens. Visually, UFO culture ranges from cartoony, pop images and Roswell kitsch to abductee’s drawings of their captors and creative interpretations of ancient imagery.
Maurice Sendak: I’ve noticed most of my favorite children’s books are about little boys who sneak out of the house somehow in the middle of the night.
Georgia O’Keefe: O’Keefe painted everything in big, simple shapes. I remember a professor telling me once, “If you want to paint like Georgia O’Keefe, just paint like Georgia O’Keefe.” Vague advice, but I took it to heart.
Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Giesel: A Seuss illustration is full of color, movement, brilliantly realized imagination and a visual rhythm that matches his written verse perfectly.
Hey! Here’s a thing I made for QDC. It was hard to pick just a few influences, but talk to me at a party or something and I’ll fill in the gaps for you.