Arik Moonhawk Roper (born 1973) is a freelance illustrator and painter based in New York City. Roper grew taking place in Richmond, Virginia. His parents both beast artists, his creativity was encouraged and he spent a good deal of grow old during childhood drawing. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1995 specializing in cartooning, illustration, and silk-screening, he began as a freelance storyboard artist for various ad agencies, and a storyboard revisionist for MTV Animation. Later he was practiced to exercise more creative and personal styles while shifting into the world of music-related visual art and packaging. He has before developed a declare and devoted later creating seminal CD covers and screeprint posters for a wide variety of bands including legends such as Earth, Sunn O))), Sleep, Howlin' Rain, High on Fire, The Black Crowes, Kvelertak, and Windhand among many others. His influences append a broad variety of artists and styles ranging from comic art and fantasy art to graphic design and timeless illustration. He was a contributing player to the terribly regarded and cutting-edge Arthur Magazine during the mid 2000s. Arik has also meant hand-made screen-printed posters for a pantheon of concerts and goings-on including Sound on Sound Fest, Roadburn Festival, and Desert Daze Festival. Roper's deed encompasses a diverse field of design and Definite style, ranging from graphic black and white illustration, to meticulous lettering and logo design, to wealthy abstract psychedelic color and landscapes that often seem to exist in their own universe. The imagery springs from the depths of a fruitful imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments. With an fascination in mythology, consciousness, psychology, religion and supplementary timeless subjects, Roper mixes the spacious and the dark within his art to impression imagery which is at like strangely unique, distantly familiar and always soaked later an earnestly astounding aesthetic. His book, Mushroom Magick (Abrams, 2009), is a vividly surreal amassing of exotic fungal species from as regards the world. His art has also appeared in books such as De Gotham City a Metropolis by French Paper Art Club, Juxtapoz New Contemporaries, and Revisionaries: A Decade of Art in Tokion.
Some of his clients include: Penguin Books, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Warner Bros Animation, Sony Records, Magnolia Pictures, Waxwork Records, Galenas Cannabis, Columbia Records, Southern Lord Records, Burton Snowboards and many more.
Zero 1 Magazine Interview
Interview upon Expanding Mind Podcast
Hi Lobrow Interview
Discography upon Discogs