Psychedelic Metaphysics by Dion Banks

September 16, 2014

"I was born in 1987 and partially raised in Diamond Bar, California. I was an only child so I was constantly using my imagination, building creations out of Lego's, K'nex, and duking it out with action figures. I initially got into drawing through my love for comics being influenced by Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes. I remember bugging out on Gary Larson's Far Side, and Stephen Gammell's illustrations as well. I began creating my own comic strips, story lines, and characters, trying my best to emulate the authors I admired.

After high school, I worked full-time to keep myself afloat financially and was asked to be involved in a couple group shows in Chino, Pomona, and LA. I then lived in San Francisco for about a year, selling pieces and setting up window displays at the 5024 Gallery while assisting at Upper Playground.

After returning home, I was accepted to Pasadena Art Center and awarded a partial scholarship, only to find that it was way out of reach financially. I went back to working 9-5 and bought a bunch of literature and began to build on my aesthetic.' Dion Banks