I was 6 when Dad bought me Appetite for Destruction in 1989. Listening to the cassette on the way home from Sam Goody, I unfolded the album booklet and what I saw changed my life. Let’s take a minute to check out Robert Williams. If you ever looked through the cover of one of the greatest Rock albums of all time, you will see his work. Probably the closest thing we have to a modern day Dali. Taking elements of the surreal, fantastic, and pop-culture into highly detailed pieces that clearly demonstrate the artist’s mastery of his craft.
I met him today at the MoCCA Arts Fest, after being a fan for years and years. I told him how seeing his work when I was 6 was the first time I ever realized that Art could be more than cool, but it could be anything. I don’t know when he founded Juxtapoz Magazine, but it has been a constant source of inspiration and information for many years. The magazine covers a lot of facets of young modern art from graffiti, to comic book illustration, to sculptures and installations, and much much more. Many give him credit of starting the “low brow” movement of art.