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ALEC
DEMARCO

About

Alec DeMarco grew up with varied artistic interests that included folk art, medieval book illustrations but most importantly, the graffiti on the train cars hauling raw materials to and from the mills and refineries in the blue collar town he grew up in. DeMarco has continued to be inspired by the fast-paced expressive line work and bold colors from the graffiti and has continued to retain those stylistic tendencies in his work today.

DeMarco’s inspiration grew later in his life when the artist was accepted into a formal apprenticeship under a renowned Irezumi Tattoo Master from Japan. There he was exposed to brush calligraphy and studied the myths and legends filled with the most fantastic stories of deities, yokai and heroes. The artist’s work often balances between representation and abstraction, he prefers to work at a fast pace similar to automatism. DeMarco also rarely plans out a design before starting preferring to find the painting as he is painting. Doing this retains all of the original energy, spontaneity, and feeling DeMarco had during the time painting similar to master Japanese calligraphers who embrace the idea of “Wabi-Sabi”.

The main artistic influences would be the CoBrA art Movement, Neo-Expressionism, Abstraction, as well as the art of William De Kooning, Philip Guston, George Condo, Pierre Alechinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Pablo Picasso.

DeMarco, born 1989, was raised

DeMarco’s inspiration grew later in his life when the artist was accepted into a formal apprenticeship under a renowned Irezumi Tattoo Master from Japan. There he was exposed to brush calligraphy and studied the myths and legends filled with the most fantastic stories of deities, yokai and heroes. The artist’s work often balances between representation and abstraction, he prefers to work at a fast pace similar to automatism. DeMarco also rarely plans out a design before starting preferring to find the painting as he is painting. Doing this retains all of the original energy, spontaneity, and feeling DeMarco had during the time painting similar to master Japanese calligraphers who embrace the idea of “Wabi-Sabi”.

The main artistic influences would be the CoBrA art Movement, Neo-Expressionism, Abstraction, as well as the art of William De Kooning, Philip Guston, George Condo, Pierre Alechinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Pablo Picasso.

DeMarco, born 1989, was raised in a small farm town in the Pacific North West region of the United States. From the age of 12 Alec worked on local farms, logging for fire wood, as well as working construction. After high school Alec spent three years at a university before dropping out to attend Laguna College of Art and Design to study Fine Art. After three years he could no longer afford to attend school, so DeMarco dropped out and was immediately accepted into a formal apprenticeship with a world renowned Japanese Irezumi Tattoo Master. Alec then spent the next 3 years training and studying under him, living and working at the studio year round.

During the formal training, Alec was educated in Eastern philosophy, aesthetics, mythology,
calligraphy, and much more. At the end of the apprenticeship he was given the choice to become a true Japanese tattoo master and join the oldest tattoo dynasty in history. But, if DeMarco joined, he could never leave the dynasty or pursue any other avenues of art. So, in the end he decided to leave the tattoo world forever to pursue his own career in fine art.

Since the transition to painting DeMarco has exhibited in the US, UK, Denmark, Germany and Qatar. DeMarco’s clients have included Volvo, Stizzy, LA Deviants Media, El Silencio, Erik Buterbaugh and many more.

ARTWORKS

CALZADORES REPOSADO

122x213cm
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CALZADORES REPOSADO

122x213cm
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COCHIN OBAKE NO 01

76x102cm
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COCHIN OBAKE NO 01

76x102cm
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D’s Missing Eye

69x102cm
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D’s Missing Eye

69x102cm
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Snakes & Ladders

46x61cm
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Snakes & Ladders

46x61cm
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The Longshoreman

92x92cm
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The Longshoreman

92x92cm
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The Man

69x102cm
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The Man

69x102cm
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Untitled

122x153cm
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Untitled

122x153cm
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Untitled (Yellow)

122x153cm
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Untitled (Yellow)

122x153cm
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Untitled No 01

46x92cm
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Untitled No 01

46x92cm
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Untitled No 02

61x92cm
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Untitled No 02

61x92cm
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