Artist - Illustrator - Creative Director
I cut my creative teeth as one of the earlier artists in the Lowbrow/Kustom Kulture/Pop Surrealist movement of the late 80’s/early 90’s. As a fine artist in the movement (besides a plethora of gallery shows) my work has been featured in over ten books - countless magazines - and has graced the walls of six museum shows.
Awards include a visual arts grant from the city of Los Angeles Transportation Commission’s ‘Art For Rail Transit’ project.
For many years I worked as a freelancer in the music industry, forging a name for myself with projects for bands like Megadeth, Face To Face and Smashing Pumpkins (to name just a few), and working with labels like Capitol Records, Warner Brothers and punk-rock champion Epitaph Records. Prior to that I was Art Director at Hobie and Morey Boogie, overseeing the surfing and sport themed t-shirt division - and for several years was the Assistant Art Director at BRC in Hollywood (clients included Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Zappa & Billy Idol).
Through it all, I worked as an outsider cartoonist for Paul Krassner’s THE REALIST magazine (one of my biggest honors in life). In the fall of 2017, Fantagraphics Books released a hardback book documenting the THE REALIST cartoons, the bulk of the last chapter features my work.
Under the banner of Roulette Studios, I’ve worked on projects covering the creative gamut - from full illustration, spot & icon art, hand lettering, logo design & branding to digital art creation - the list goes on and on. For me personally, art is not only a passion, it is my life, so no project is too large or too small.
Personal 'vanity' art projects include the creation of ‘art stamps’ (I designed and built a one-of-a-kind stamp perforating machine for the project - ‘Magena Post’), etching, and a web cartoon based on the superstitions of luck. I’m also a photographer, having professionally shot concerts and commercial images for many years.
Additionally, my work has graced a long line of 'Kalynn Campbell' signature products - from t-shirts & lighters to blue-tooth phones and guitar straps - even bowling balls. (My designs could be a good fit for your product - feel free to inquire for image licensing).
Thank you for visiting the site.
If you are interested in illustration/design services, drop a line from the contact page.
Perhaps we’ll have the opportunity to work together soon. -KC
CURRENT GALLERY WORK:
Please visit SUGAR PRESS to view and purchase my latest print series!
'Cut and Paste' Bio Version:
Campbell has worked on hundreds of commercial illustration projects including many for well-known musical acts such as Face to Face, Tom Petty, Smashing Pumpkins, Reverend Horton Heat, Lit, Megadeth, Social Distortion, Adam Ant, Mickey Hart, Steve Miller, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, and on & on.
In addition to commercial work, Campbell's drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively in Galleries and Museums - and books and magazines featuring his work are numerous, among them; POP SURREALISM by Kristin Anderson, WEIRDO DELUXE by Mat Dukes Jordan and the unequaled KUSTOM GRAPHICS II.
ART? ALTERNATIVES magazine called his work “American Hieroglyphics.”
Collectors include Actor Nicolas Cage, Rocker Eric Burden, Singer Pink and Simpson's voice man Harry Shearer.