Photos: N8 Van Dyke & Usugrow

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 08 Aug 2007
A few photos (and a couple videos) from N8 Van Dyke and Usugrow's shows, Learn Of Light By Defining A Shadow and Premeditated Insanity respectively, at Fifty24SF's two gallery spaces in San Francisco. This is the debut show for the renovated lower-level gallery which was partially-destroyed earlier this year by a wayward station wagon. Both shows opened on Thursday, August 2nd and will be on display throughout the month.

Photos courtesy of the gallery

Artist, N8 Van Dyke, pictured here with Pushead

A crowd gathers around a series of N8's illustrations

From the outside looking in, with Usugrow upstairs and N8's show downstairs

Checking out some of Usugrow's illustrations

An installation piece by Usugrow

People lined up waiting for Usugrow's book signing

Nate (N8) Van Dyke is a prolific artist and illustrator who began drawing at the age of two and has yet to stop. N8's medium of choice ranges from: pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, gauche, acrylic and oils. Regardless of what medium N8 picks up, his signature style can be seen in the contrast of his thin and thick lines in his pen and ink work and the high sheen contrast in his mixed media pieces. N8's heavily detailed illustrations feature his heavy metal humans and his well-known future primitive apes with dark menacing personalities. His color work features studies of animals (apes, elephants, giraffes) against lustrous backdrops. Currently N8 is creating concept art and storyboards for the Sega video game, "Iron Man" which is set to release in 2008. His work has also been featured in several magazines such as XBOX, PlayStation and Heavy Metal. Over the years N8 has attracted clients such as Converse, Levis Strauss, Scion, EMI Records, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Burton Snowboards Bravado and Cog1. N8's work has been commission and showcased internationally.

Usugrow began his career creating flyers for the local hardcore music scene in his hometown of Fukushima, Japan in 1990. Aside from music, his style has largely been influenced by the lifestyles of skateboarding, graffiti and hip-hop. His depiction of harder subject matter such as skulls, horror characters and tattoo art, fall in sharp contrast to his delicate pointillism and line work. He executes each piece in complete commitment to the detailing of the intricacies of his subject matter and is known to spend several weeks on one drawing. Currently, Usugrow continues to create his work for several clothing brands (such as Upper Playground, Famous Stars and Straps and Bad Taste), skateboard companies (including Care Free, Consolidated Skateboards and Natty Dread) as well as album covers.

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