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Space Bat Killer: The Art Portfolio of Sean Bernhardt

A drawing of a skeletal mermaid holding a spearUntitled

Sean Bernhardt is an artist and illustrator who currently works under the nickname Space Bat Killer. In his drawings and collages, Sean embraces a high-contrast, retro-contemporary style infused with themes of consumerism, substance use, sex, and death.


A photo collage of a man skateboarding in front of a galaxyinto the void, paper collage

 

As we've seen in previous features of Sean's spooky surf artwork, the artist's portfolio as a whole is steeped in tropical aesthetics and surf culture. This aesthetic jumping-off point creates a unique sense of juxtaposition with subject matter that tends toward the dark or taboo side of popular media. 


The art portfolio website of Sean Bernhardtwww.seanbernhardt.com

 

In illustrations, Sean mainly works in black and white, using Sharpie markers and ink to develop images that present clearly delineated planes floating in negative space. Many of these illustrations are designs for t-shirts and other forms of branding. It's easy to imagine the images as full-sized screen prints or as smaller embroidered pieces.


A photo collage of a young couple superimposed over a burning fireburning, paper collage


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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