On display in the 2ND ST. GALLERY through MARCH 30th, 2013
N8 Van Dyke | Bio:
N8 Van Dyke is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Ever since the age of two he has been making messes on paper. A 4th generation artist on his Mother’s side it seems that art was in his blood and he simply had to nurture it. Being self-taught his entire childhood and young adulthood he decided to pass on prestigious art school scholarships after completing high school and continue down the self-taught path. Though it’s been rough at times it’s worked out fairly well. A list of clients he’s done illustrations for include the likes of Activision, Sega, Converse, EMI Records, Island/Def Jam Records, MSN, Scion, Wired Magazine, Heavy Metal Magazine, Image Comics, Burton, Slayer, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Upper Playground.
On top of doing his freelance work, N8 has worked as a video game concept artist and has been showing his work in galleries all over the country for the past 14 years as well as a solo show in London. Though N8 Van Dyke is capable of working comfortably in a variety of mediums the one he is best know for and enjoys the most is pen and ink on paper. Oftentimes his ink work is heavily detailed in an almost robotic application and repetition, yet the works still maintain a fluidity and sense of motion. Subject can range from a powerful beast and dark imagery to a delicate still life or elegant animal. He continues to expand on what he is known for creating while still expanding and seeing where else his art may take him.
So this is the deal. Like every other jackass in the so-called “art scene”, I started drawing as a kid. I wanted to be an animator, primarily a character designer. I was all about the giant robot cartoons like Robotech and Manzinger. I wore out my VHS of “Transformers: The Movie” running it back and forth in slow motion trying to learn how to draw. If you look super close, that bad Saturday Morning Cartoon styles is still prevalent in my work. That and Todd McFarlane. And Sam Kieth. Can’t forget the turn of the century pen and ink artists, like JC Coll and Heinrich Kley. Tons of Tex Avery, Jack Davis, Bob Peak, Ralph Steadman, and all of those other amazing 60′s/70′s illustrators. Did I mention Francis Bacon, Edward Munch, and Egon Schiele? Billie the Sink? Of course Barron Storey.
I know those names and artwork because of a kind anonymous soul that donated a collection of art books to my local library. They blew the mind of a 10yr old kid, and the impact is still felt today. That influence is a part of my work. A part of my life. If it was a good influence, I don’t know. I hope to return the favor someday. I do know that I never want to be one of those guys that forgets where he comes from. You know how it goes, those who forget where they come from will never know where they’re going. Blah, blah, blah. They’ll be lost, usually with loads of cash. Maybe that’s not so bad.
What’s the point of this? Is there a point? Isn’t this whole world bullshit? I know art bios are.