PDX Pop Now! Contributing Artists
Past Festival Artists:
2017: Manu Berelli
Manu Berelli is a graphic designer, printer, and musician based out of Portland, OR. Manu taught himself to screen print t-shirts over a decade ago where he dreamed of becoming a “real” printer of paper art. Manu has been casually archiving images from Golden Age comic books that have fallen into the public domain for the past 7 years. His recent work involves using these source images to create collages of pictures and text for personal commentary.
Find him online at https://www.instagram.com/
He posts art daily at instagram.com/glenrickson
2015: Ryan Bubnis
Working both traditionally and digitally he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, aerosol, acrylics, cel vinyl, Papier-Mâché, graphite and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, love, graffiti, folk and outsider art from a variety of cultures.
Bubnis has collaborated with a number of commercial clients and agencies and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and abroad. He is currently an Assistant Professor at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
View his complete portfolio here: http://www.ryanbubnis.
James Douglas Mitchell is an illustrator / designer living in Portland, Oregon since 2006. He likes skateboarding, playing music with friends, big cities, pop-science, cinema, and cats.
Mark Warren Jacques lives within a web of art makers, musicians, skateboarders, and backyard revolutionaries. This close-knit community thrives on representing a sort of whimsy that harnesses the energy of idealism and is rooted in earthy spirituality. Lest you conclude that he lives in a world of naïvete, Jacques will surprise you with his gusto to love, question, and commit himself to the realities of hard work, ambition, and responsibility to his community.Just to name a few, Mark Warren Jacques’ work has been shown at Breeze Block, Stumptown, Together Gallery, White Walls Gallery SF, in addition to being featured in The Mercury, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Surfer Magazine. See more of his works and read his full biography at http://markwarrenjacques.com
Cole Gerst is an award winning art director, graphic designer, illustrator & painter. After stints as the art director for two record labels, art directing and designing album packaging and ad campaigns for some of the world’s most influential musicians, Gerst became the first in-house art director for the House of Blues corporation. Here he established a full service art department and created company wide brand guidelines overseeing a nationwide group of designers. In 2002 Gerst left House of Blues to create option-g visual communication. For the last 10 years option-g has been continuously growing and gaining notoriety with its design and illustration style. It has been highly influential and accredited for helping foster the resurgence of the “gig” poster, designing posters for such bands as the Shins, Beck, Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes & Interpol. He has won multiple awards for design from Communication Arts, Print and How Magazine.His work can be found here – option-g.com
Santiago Uceda does illustration, art direction, motion graphics, makes tasty sandwiches, stays up late, listens, observes, questions, changes diapers, gives piggy back rides, collaborates, makes posters, designs t-shirts, cd packaging, magazines, etc. He has worked directly or indirectly with many talented folks, brands and institutions including but not limited to: Adidas, Billabong, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Surfing Magazine, LA Weekly, Bike Magazine, Portland Mercury. He also writes terrible bios.His work can be found here.
Coming from a unique family of 5 artists, Emek has made his mark creating special posters and album covers for prominent musicians for 15 years.He was recently credited for creating some of the best rock posters of all time by Billboard Magazine…Emek’ style thrives on attention to detail, coupled with layers of meaning in the artwork. His infusion of socio-political commentary into pop culture imagery has made his work instantly recognizable in the field. Emphasizing craftsmanship, his work is still hand-drawn in the tradition of the classic psychedelic posters from the 1960’s. Born in the 70’s Emek was also strongly influenced by the DIY punk flyers of the 80’s.Over the last 2 decades, Emek has created hundreds of posters for some of the top alternative bands and events, like Coachella, the Decemberists, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, System of a Down, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, to name a few. As well as album covers from Neil Young and Pearl Jam to Henry Rollins and Erykah Badu. Emek’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States and Europe. He has been interviewed on CNN, and featured in dozens of magazines and books.For more about his work, visit www.emek.net