Thursday, September 6, 2007

Alex Pardee

Recently, I have been paying alot of attention to the art being produced by our cousins across the Atlantic ocean; Alex Pardee in particular. He has invented this sick, cruel, twisted horror-esque fairy-tale world where he is the master. Scary as it may sound, he is a hardcore artist. He has more personal work on his WEBSITE than anyone else and judging from interviews, he also seems like a pretty safe guy.

This is what his WEBSITE had to say about Alex:
"Alex Pardee’s unique style is one conceived through watching years of horror movies, writing graffiti, and listening to gangster rap. His work best represents that of avibrant undead circus sideshow. Final pieces are often brought to life by translating random shapes and colors into signs of torment and absurdity. By juxtaposing these two conflicting moods, Alex makes his works more personal to his viewers, forcing them to project their own feelings and emotions onto each character in his twisted universe.

After months of hospitalization and many futile attempts at seeking out professional help in his early teens, Alex finally overcame his battle with severe depression and anxiety through his own form of therapy: art. His love for drawing and painting spawned from his fascination with the grotesque images of Garbage Pail Kids and Tales from the Crypt comics. For years Alex used sketch drawing and graffiti as an emotional outlet.
Since his first book release in 1999, Alex has devoted every minute of his life to creating an entire universe of characters and monsters. In the past five years he has continued to release books like The Secrets of Hollywood and the popular Bunnywith series. The comics have spawned an entire plush line, calendars, and art exhibitions.

Alex Pardee’s devotion to his art has gained the attention of Warner Bros., Reprise Records, Upper Playground, Hurley International, RIDE snowboards, DefJux, and more. In 2004 he was tapped by the gold-selling rock group The Used to design the artwork for their album, In Love and Death."

See more of his amazing and insane quantity of work on his WEBSITE
All Images copyright of Alex Pardee.