X-Ray: Colours & Emotions
28 September 2017
categories : Artist Portraits
XRAY is an artist with various influences, whose work doesn’t remain unnoticed. He creates pieces conveying a universal language through colorful murals and artworks with Pop and cartoony references and a great sense of calligraphy. Growing up in an American military family, XRAY draws his inspiration in the different environments he lived in as a child: Texas, Florida, Alaska and especially Japan.
The artist also often uses the aesthetic of cartoons and advertising of the 50’s, their eye-catching visuals and nostalgic references that came with the political background. After discovering the skateboard culture, XRAY dived into graffiti. Imprinted by Pop culture, he started to paint the streets by associating Disney characters, Japanese influences, humor and graffiti culture in a colorful style.
«I did Donald Duck with Donald Trump’s face. It’s called angry Donald» he tells to MURAL with a simplicity revealing his talent to deliver clear messages through association.
Thanks to his rich cultural background, he has imposed a language of his own which allows him to create works that come to life in front of the eyes of the public whether one is an art lover or simply curious.
« I’m feeling like good things can happen and you can make it happen. The work is something but it’s the reaction of the people to the work, that really makes it art, I think» he stated during the 2016 MURAL Festival.
After leaving Florida for Montreal, XRAY developed his universe on the Canadian scene. Attracted by Montrealers’ ability to express themselves and their infinite search for new experiences, the artist absorbs this culture even though he doesn’t speak the same language.
We can’t wait to see XRAY’s coming appearances in Montreal!