Featured Project: Mark Series by Isaiah King (NSFW)

Photography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah King

Photography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah King
Artist’s Statement about the collection, Series
“The Mark Series is an ongoing exploration into combining photographs of the human form with expressive line drawing. The compositions strive to transform the human body into an almost abstract shape or mark isolated on the page by the prominent surrounding negative space.

Layers of recycled paper are used to build up texture on the page. The photos themselves have been printed rescanned and printed again to create texture and degrade the original photo quality. The line drawing over the photography is informed by the form of the body, in some cases it points to bone and muscle structure. Primarily the drawings serve to add handmade expression to the photographs and push the image closer to general form rather than explicit human bodies.”

Photography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah KingPhotography Illustration Art by Artist, Isaiah King
Isaiah King Bio
“I am a Canadian-born graphic designer and artist living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. My printmaking and drawing works pursue an ongoing study of the human form in all its complex, emotive facets. My love of graphic design stems from the belief that art and design can play an important role in the elevation of deeper public discourse on social issues.

Employing multiple printmaking and drawing techniques, I apply diverse and aggressive mark making to my figure studies. My fascination with the human form is both external and internal, references to bone and muscle structure are integrated with the more sensual and emotional appeal of the external human form. Combining an emotional and practical approach to the human body lends itself to common themes in my work, longing, sensuality and mortality. Having been most inspired by artist’s whose work elicits conflicting responses, my pieces are concerned with the contrast and tension between seduction and repulsion. They portray the beauty of the human form but also explore states of discomfort and eroticism.

I’m a graduate of Canterbury’s Visual Arts program in Ottawa, Canada. I’ve studied percussion under professionals throughout West Africa and have lead theater, set design and music projects in both Canada and the US. I have a degree in Graphic Design (with a focus in Printmaking) from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
Prior to study in Boston, I was a member of Counternotes Theatre Group, an Ottawa based physical theater company, where in addition to performing, I designed and constructed the group’s sets, masks and props.

Since moving to NYC and starting my own design studio I’ve collaborated with progressive non-profits, corporate businesses and arts groups creating custom design solutions, visual branding, motion design and animation. Clients include The Culver Studios, Fenton Communications, FilmAid International, BBH NYC, IFAW, Loews Hotels, Rebuild The Dream, Color of Change, New Media Advocacy Project and an array of amazing filmmakers, photographers, musicians, animators and other kick-ass creative people in the New York City area.

Whether in design, printmaking, painting or drawing, my greatest concern is with communication, rather than hiding behind conceptual mysteries I strives to create works that engage the viewer in dialogue.

My work has appeared in the 2009 Taschen book, Design for Obama by Steven Heller, Aaron Perry-Zucker and Spike Lee. My artwork and design have been exhibited in New York City, Boston, Tenerife (Spain) and Ottawa (Canada).”

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