Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Art of Frank Kozik

I first noticed Frank Kozik's work when visiting LA a few years back. A friend took me to this store called Wacko, saying that I would really love it, and he was so right. They have an amazing selection of cool collectable stuff like art books, limited-edition toys, original art, off-beat home accessories, etc. - all housed inside this huge block-wide warehouse.
Kozik was born in Spain and at the age of 14 he moved to the United States and settled in Austin, TX. Credited with single handedly reviving the "lost" art of the concert poster, Frank's creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin's growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Starting with black and white flyers for friends' bands posted on telephone poles, his reputation grew as an artist whose work was graphically compelling as well as culturally gripping. His work is well known to devotees of album-cover and concert flyer art. He has produced artwork for musicians such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Ice T, Green Day, Beck, and many more. Kozik is also heavily involved in the design and production of vinyl toys. He has teamed up numerous times with such entities as Kid Robot, Toy2R and others and is credited with such creations as Smorkin' Labbits, the Hate Dunny, Dr. Bomb and more.

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