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Underground Aesthetics: Art by Dylan Humphries

An illustration drawing inspiration from pop culture and art historyAin't No Rest

Dylan Humphries is a Vancouver-based artist who works with a sense of urgency and immediacy, creating colorful works of painting, mixed media and illustration. Dylan’s works frequently reference political issues, pop-culture, and lowbrow and underground aesthetics.

An abstract painting with bright colors and heavy brush marksUntitled


Seen as a whole, Dylan’s gallery of recent works is a broad survey of saturated color and heavy, confident brush marks. The artist’s style in general Is quite loose and gestural, and leans heavily into aesthetic choices associated with American abstract expressionism. In illustrations, Dylan creates highly detailed urban landscapes and portraits that focus more intently on capturing a certain atmosphere than on photorealistic accuracy.

A screen capture of a gallery on Dylan Humphries' art websiteDylan's gallery of work from 2016


As such, Dylan’s works are packed with a great deal of emotion – often the works seem defiant somehow, and some even have a slightly didactic edge. But even for his work’s deeply political aesthetics, I always get the sense that Dylan is having a lot of fun with each work, which makes his portfolio all the more inviting for viewers.

An illustration of a suburban neighbourhoodUntitled

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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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