Description In the back of a 1964 comicbook was a picture of Batman, pimped out in an illusionist turban as though he’d become some kind of mystic genie. I felt a little sorry for him having to endure the desperate whims of comicbook creator. As though he was powerful enough to defeat any villain, but helpless against these characters who would put him in ridiculous costumes and situations to keep him relevant and interesting. I merged and contrasted this with my own personal diaries in the background, where I struggled as a boy from another planet trying understand my identity when everyone around me simply wanted me to be normal.
Bill O'Neil, Milwaukee Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement My artwork inspirations include a few odd conspirators like the chaotic influences of cryptography, prime numbers, and decay. I'm also influenced by Eames-era artifacts, retro-modern abstract art, architecture, and advertising. And all these inspirations manifest themselves in the different pieces I produce.
I really never approach my art very logically. It’s all fairly impulsive and obsessive. I just try to understand what it means when it’s complete. I like to think of my style as a super-nautural fusion of urban graffiti, mid-century modern abstracts, advertising design, and some kind of otherworldly information maps.
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