Porkchop is a multi-disciplinary artist from New Jersey. He has an MFA in sculpture from VCU and a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has a successful career as a working and exhibiting artist: creating murals, mixed media art and sculpture. Porkchop often imbues vintage images with darker and more contemporary elements, combining paint, illustration and text.
Influenced by ancient block printing techniques and referencing history and literature, Porkchop sources, manipulates or casts familiar objects and painstakingly paints and re-creates their surfaces. Often unexpected marriages of imagery and object are the result. By stripping these pieces of his normal vibrant palette and using only black, white and gold, a bold stark narrative becomes more evident.
His work also explores religion and religious iconography. In his most recent work, the artist has constructed a vision of a new religion or polytheistic version of one from a distant past. Images of dieties, cult-like saints and devotees are now the focal point of his works. Text and typography have always been an important and recurrent element to Porkchop’s work and in recent work, has become his own creation as he has developed a font system and these symbols and typography are the common thread that weaves throughout the various pieces.