He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Aaron Horkey

Posted by Charley Parker at 3:46 pm

Aaron Horkey
Aaron Horkey is an artist and designer from Minnesota whose intricate, richly detailed images can be both beautiful and disconcerting simultaneously.

Horkey has designed and illustrated posters, album covers, skateboard graphics, magazine covers and clothing designs as well as creating graphics for reproduction as limited edition prints.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have a dedicated web presence, and his publishing company, Dead Arts Publishing, ceased production in the time since I put him on my list for a post and finally getting to writing one.

He is represented by Jacky Winter Group, and there is a gallery of his work on their site, but the images are frustratingly small, particularly given the sometimes astonishing level of detail in Horkey’s images.

One of the best sources I’ve found for his work is a series of posts on the Shrieking Tree blog, including a two part interview (and here). These include large (sometimes quite large) images of Horkey’s intricate drawings, often in their preliminary form before color is applied, that give you a much better idea of the nature of his work.

You can also find some of Horkeys posters reproduced reasonably large on OMG Posters, and a selection on Ufunk.

Horkey’s designs often include highly stylized lettering and design elements, on which as much attention is lavished as the imagery, sometimes more. The words are intricate in a way that reminds me of 1960′s psychedelic poster art, with a similar aesthetic of “if you can’t read it, you don’t get it”.

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  1. Comment by Ben Thompson
    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Good Lord… I am in awe. I am officially stuck trying to find every example of this man’s work in High rest that I can track down.

    Excellent find sir.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Glad to be of service, Ben. If you find a particularly good trove of Horkey’s work that I missed, let me know.

  3. Comment by David J. Teter
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Great work!
    Artists that do both the art and the type/graphics, and so well, are in a category all by themselves. It is an art in its own right.

  4. Comment by Tricia
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    What is the name of the second to last print in the set you’ve posted, with what looks like a vulture? I’ve never seen that one before. I want it. :-)

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    “Croatoan”, from here, bottom row: http://jackywinter.com/rock-of-eye/aaron-horkey

  6. Comment by Tricia
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    Thanks! And thanks for the links to the interview. Looks like I’m in for a long wait for a print of Croatoan.

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