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Emek

EMEK was born into a family of politically minded artists. He comes from a family of 5 artists, of which he is the least talented, hence he makes concert posters. His early life was infused with the qualities evident in his work to this day: a passionate articulation of ideas - and refined visual craftsmanship. Coming of age in Los Angeles he found the environment for his artistic style amidst the hardcore punk scene of the early 1980's, hand drawing flyers for local bands. Over the decade, his work matured in both technique and substance, while his clients grew in both number and stature. His particular style, known for its attention to detail and layers of meaning, has been sought after by renowned musicians from the Beastie Boys, to BB King, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, among many others in the music field. His works have been shown in galleries across the United States, in Berlin, London and Tokyo, where his work has been blown up billboard size in Shibuya Square. His posters have also won design awards in various publications, including Print magazine and American Illustration. He has been featured in dozens of magazines, including Juxtapoz and Rolling Stone. He continues to build an international audience. Emek's style bears the visual influence of mentors such as Robert Williams and Rick Griffin but his conceptual approach draws upon the deeper histories of poster-making - from Art Nouveau to Constructivism. Ultimately his work is accessible with its pop culture imagery, bold visuals, humor and social commentary.
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