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Frantic Immediacy: Illustration by Joey Feldman

An illustration of Barb from Stranger ThingsBARBST

Joey Feldman is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. Joey’s works feature sketchy, stringy, overlapping lines with splashes of paint and ink to give each work a sense of frantic immediacy. The artist works both creatively and commercially, often creating portraiture of pop-cultural and political figures.

A heavily shadowed portrait of Leonard CohenLeonardcohenprint


I really enjoy Joey’s use of color. It comes across as very confident, almost as if the color is the first thing that the artist lays down to ground the substrate right away, only later adding the lines and details of a given image. His portraits range from fairly straightforward to comically exaggerated, and he’s equally adept at both. I’m impressed that in either style the expression and mood of the subject is still quite clear.

Joey Feldman's gallery of portraits on his art websiteJoey's portrait gallery on his website


Joey’s mixed media on paper works are where the artist really lets his own personal style shine through. Many of these works follow a similar portrait format, but the subjects are wild creatures and robotic-looking, almost cubist visages that are reminiscent of some of the works of Picasso.

A painting of a heart with rainbow orbs for pridePRIDE

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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