Last weekend while at the Festival of Fear, illustrator Jason Edmiston dropped by my booth and left a postcard with a sample of his artwork. The monster cereal mash-up illustration stared back at me and I immediately felt a rush of nostalgia and artistic envy. The concept is brilliant: merging the real actors with the commercial mascots done with a pseudo-psychedelic style. Cool! I immediately went and found him tucked deep inside artist alley (endless rows of tables where artists rub elbows, almost literally, and show off their 2 D talents). He was working on another soon to be monster-piece and was quick to show me his prints. On one hand, he creates artwork for product packaging and advertising, something I can relate to since I used to work at a commercial design shop. On the other, he has a true affinity for classic monsters and low brow art. His work has a tight commercial polish to it but also seems to channel Norm Saunders and the guy who did the Wacky Packages at the same time. I got to the end of his portfolio and saw this:
I wasn’t leaving our discussion without it. A week later he shoots us an email about an art show he’s in so we headed down to the Gladstone Hotel to check it out. Jason is a traditional painter and believe me, the acrylic paintings are incredible in person. I’m keeping an eye on this guy and so should you, dear reader! I can’t wait to see the finished piece he was working on at his booth last weekend. Here’s a pic of Dave and I with Jason and the marvelous monster cereal piece behind us. If only I had shown up much earlier with my burglar outfit. It would have been coming home with me too.