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Andrew DeGraff
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I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.
So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics!  I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.
So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics! 

    I painted these back in 2008 as a side project to honor the comics I grew up with. Looking at them today I realized Jack Kirby created half the characters in these images. And many, many more: Galactus, the Stranger, the Inhumans, the Sandman for DC, just to name a few. As I get older, I find myself looking at his work more and more. That crazy cosmic aesthetic and his creative collaborative vision helped invent a new more relevant set of American folk tales and mythology that incorporate a whole universe of beings, all of whom struggle with very human problems. In my opinion Jack Kirby belongs with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack in the pantheon of 20th century artists, and his work may very well outlive theirs.

    So happy 97th birthday, Jack Kirby! King of Comics! 

    Squeezed in a sunny day drawing on the lawn with my students at Pratt, in king-size sharpie and .005 micron. Fun to meet my new students, see old students, see everyone in their back-to-school outfits, refreshed and ready to go. This blissful situation lasts for one and a 1/2 weeks, until part two: the rest of semester is a coffee soaked creative explosion stress marathon. Part two makes me miss school the most.

    I’m now selling prints on the Etsy site of my “Forget-me-not” painting of the Konami Code start made out of forget-me-not flowers. It’s an edition of 50, S/N, $30. The original sold in the Gallery1988 2011 Video Games show. This is definitely one of my favorite text pieces I’ve done in the past few years.  It brings back a lot of fond memories of spread guns, Giger-esque aliens, and sweet flip-jump non-stop carnage. I’m now selling prints on the Etsy site of my “Forget-me-not” painting of the Konami Code start made out of forget-me-not flowers. It’s an edition of 50, S/N, $30. The original sold in the Gallery1988 2011 Video Games show. This is definitely one of my favorite text pieces I’ve done in the past few years.  It brings back a lot of fond memories of spread guns, Giger-esque aliens, and sweet flip-jump non-stop carnage.

      I’m now selling prints on the Etsy site of my “Forget-me-not” painting of the Konami Code start made out of forget-me-not flowers. It’s an edition of 50, S/N, $30. The original sold in the Gallery1988 2011 Video Games show. This is definitely one of my favorite text pieces I’ve done in the past few years.  It brings back a lot of fond memories of spread guns, Giger-esque aliens, and sweet flip-jump non-stop carnage.