Come to the opening reception of ‘TV Dreams’
A group exhibition with works by Baldur Helgason (Chicago based), Peter Jeppson (Sweden based), and Zach Mory (Chicago based) featuring figurative paintings and drawings with comic and cartoon elements.
BALDUR HELGASON is an Icelandic visual artist who lives and works in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. He graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008 and from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2011. He was awarded SF Weekly’s Mastermind grant in 2011 and his work has been featured in Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Annuals. Baldur held his first solo show, Bald by Baldur, at Port Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2016. His work draws inspiration from popular culture, politics, religious imagery, illuminated manuscripts and folk tales.
ZACH MORY is a visual artist whose work whose work is firmly rooted in the medium of drawing and mark-making. Warped at a young age by underground comics, graphic novels, psychedelic cartoons and the Chicago Imagists, his work uses cryptic symbols from these varying platforms to explore the underside of the subconscious.
Originally from Wisconsin, he earned his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in drawing, particularly in non-objective mark-making. After graduating, he moved to the Chicago-land area where he earned a degree in graphic design from the College of DuPage. During his time there, he allowed the awesomeness of illustration, good design and hand-lettering to seep into his artistic practice. He has been featured in New American Paintings (Midwest #95), Studio Visit, and ElevenEleven Journal among others and currently teaches graphic design at the College of DuPage.
PETER JEPPSON is a self-taught Stockholm-based artist with a background in graffiti and Illustration. In his art you can see clear references to the aesthetics found in the older cartoon children’s program sent on TV during the late 80’s – mid 90’s. Motifs ranges from being figurative to more abstract compositions, quite often i bright contrasting colors with a touch of dark humor. He has worked with commissioned walls and interiors as well as more traditional forms of exhibitions in galleries and art center’s around Sweden. In 2015 Peter released a book of drawings gathered from a previous exhibition in Östergötland (at Gallery Kronan). Prior to the book’s second printing Peter visited Berlin for a second release, and to paint a 12 meter long window painting with characters from the book.
Today Peter works full time with his art in his studio in Stockholm, where he recently received the City of Stockholm’s studio scholarship for a three year period.