Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Art Auction: Todd BratrudJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009
Todd Bratrud may be most widely known for his skate graphics and other commercial work, but his personal artistic interests extend beyond that. His crisp imagery is infused with a dry humor that consistently cracks us up.
“I like old science fiction movies from the 50s and 60s because it's interesting to see how wrong their ideas about the future ended up being. There are no flying cars, and aside from hipsters, people don’t wear one-piece, silver bodysuits. This same thing end's up being the case with most people's lives and what their own futures hold. Most teenagers want to become rich and famous and live some glamorous 'MTV Cribs' lifestyle, only to end up selling life insurance or managing a used car lot.
“I imagine Todd is far better at reading the future than most people. Maybe not the future of humanity, but his own future. As a teenager, he wanted to be involved in skateboarding, be an artist, and romance exotic large-breasted women. In varying proportions, he's doing all of those things. Todd's artwork is a true, honest reflection of his personality and his life. The same things he was interested in and influenced by as a teenager: skateboarding, pinball machine art, girls with big boobs, comic books, etc., he has transformed into his profession as a freelance artist / professional teenager. Todd's art has evolved over the years, not so much in his subject matter or his approach to creating art, but mainly in his pursuit of perfecting his natural talent. Unlike most artists, Todd's work has remained relatively untainted by anything other than his own inspiration and interests. In following that path, he has carved out a wide audience who naturally gravitate to his unique style and sense of humor.”
The Big Payback 15th Anniversary Art Auction artwork will be made available for bidding only online via CharityBuzz.com starting October 28th and ending November 20th, 2009.
All Auction info is online at www.juxtapoz.com/auction