Many Layers of Simplicity

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Found this video of artist Shepard Fairey via Twitter this morning. I value the opportunity to see artists in the process of making, to watch them as they’re in the creative groove. Often, I don’t actually care about the final product as much as I enjoy detail on their process, especially as each artist’s approach is so proprietary, so unique. Fairey layers really simple elements that are individually interesting, but in aggregate make complex images that appear deceivingly simple. Watching this video of Fairey in action reminded me of other favorite hooligan artists, like Jackson Pollock:

…and Jean Michel Basquiat:

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