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The Art and Graphic Design Portfolio of John Zabawa

An album cover design with bright colours and abstract shapesLucille Furs -- Another Land LP, CD jacket design

John Zabawa is an artist and graphic designer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In his practice, the artist uses warm, bright colours and pared-down shapes and planes to create designs that balance fun and focus.

Art for a food magazine spreadBackground artwork for Bon Appetit magazine spread


Zabawa works with various clients to produce designs for CD jackets, posters, book covers, and more. There’s something very retro, almost mod about the artist’s designs. Zabawa’s use of large planes of colour, simple, sometimes abstracted shapes, and backgrounds in warm, off-white tones lends to the feeling that one is browsing through classic LP jackets from the 60s or 70s.


It’s easy to see how Zabawa’s artistic style lends itself to graphic design. Even in his solo exhibition, So Many People, the artist collaborated with Bad Press Studio to produce a beautifully risograph-printed booklet of the exhibition layout.

An exhibition photo of John Zabawa's paintings installed in a spaceSo Many People, exhibition view

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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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