By Caitlyn Shea
Jack Pierce is a graphic artist that combines dynamic pattern and imagery with bold text elements. Currently, he is unveiling a new series entitled Maximum Pop, which captures the zeitgeist of Pop art while adding a fresh, contemporary twist through his use of digital media. His designs are extremely engaging and bring together surprising subject matter; for example, in his recent design “Giraffes” the viewer is met by an exceptionally large barcode with giraffes marching in the foreground. The giraffes exceed the edges of the print, and since we do not see their heads they work as both patterns and figures.
Originally, Pierce was a painter. He explains: “I still make paintings today. Painting is much more sensual than graphic design, it is a great balance. I love painting more, but I have been sketching some of these designs for quite a while and needed to make them real, to actually design them and get large prints made of them.” His painting background is apparent in his digital work, as he juggles composition and color in a very cohesive manner.
Pierce’s work ethic is impressive, he continuously expresses a wealth of ideas as sketches and then the strongest concepts are created digitally. These developed vector images can then become fragments for new designs. Pierce describes his outlook as an artist:
“My personal philosophy on art is to approach it as a student who is always learning. I operate on a yearly cycle. What can I learn this year and how can I demonstrate where I am as a creative entity? It is an attempt to learn a highly cultivated form of human communication and trying to continually progress.”
Having studied visual psychology, Pierce knows how to excite his viewers. His designs are beyond smart color and composition choices. It is through developing a strong original concept and then rethinking, reworking, and redefining his ideas that he creates work that continuously delivers unexpected results.
On April 18th you can see Jack Pierce’s new designs in person! On Saturday Night, April 18th, join us at LaunchPad Huntington from 6-10 PM for our special #artntech event – “ART BYTES”. Featuring: Visual Art, Animation, Illustration, Videography, live painting, and musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious food courtesy of Massa’s Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria, Tasty American Coo Coo, and Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill Drinks courtesy of Greenport Harbor Brewing co. and Hint Water.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caitlyn Shea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.