Joey Kilrain

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Forgive My Trespasses, 4/27/08 Pencil And Markers On Paper 8.5 X 11 © kilrain, all rights reserved
The cross streets of Creative and Deadline, 9/26/06 Acrylic On Canvas, Window Framed Used As Frame 34 3/4" X 31" © kilrain, all rights reserved
Heart Shower, 1/27/07 Window Framed Used As Frame 28" X 34"
Paradise Lost / CEALLY!!!!, 7/28/05 Pencil And Marker On Paper 8.5" X 11" © kilrain, all rights reserved
Plan A / Plan B - God doesn't like quitters, Completed on 3/21/09 Pencil And Markers On Paper 8.5 X 11 © kilrain, all rights reserved
AXÉ / A Educação de Capoeira, Completed on 7/24/09 Pencil And Markers On Paper 8.5 X 11 © kilrain, all rights reserved
Sunshine on a rainy day, Completed on 5/04/09 Acrylic On Canvas, Window Framed Used As Frame 30 " X 30 " © kilrain, all rights reserved
Quick Facts
South Philly
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
Representing galleries
The Curb Art Space, Openings NY, United Creators
surrealism, studio-lofts, digital

Born and raised in South Philly, PA. I learned art through my family, catholic school,
and adventure.

While living in Philly inspiration came from comic books, trading cards, and grafitti. As I got older, my spiritual side began to shine through and the messages in my work became more associated with real-life situations.

My work can be divided into two topics, the whimsical paintings and raw drawings.

The paintings have 3 definitive subjects: family & friends, my personal adventures, and corporate America.

Living in a world that considers everyone guilty until proven innocent, I find myself at the forefront of adventure with many strangers. My life stories are full of fortunate misfortunes, blessings in disguise. In my work, I use bright colors and a fun artistic style to portray messages derived from these past memories. When viewers delve deeper into the paintings for meaning, the central themes – deception, greed, corruption, death, unity, perseverance, rebuilding, positive thinking, and faith – may resonate with them in a profound and personal way.

My raw drawings are solely based on my past moments in my life. The different scenes from my gruesomely sad and wildly insane childhood moments have created a work that is remarkable. Page after page, one can immediately feel the massive emotional undertow of the work. The first diary, entitled ‘When God was asleep’, resulted in a set of drawings solely in black and white. The follow-up diary, ‘When God was awake’ uses a wide array of colors. This diary speaks on moments of my life that without divine intervention from God I would not be the person I am today.

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