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Joey Chou Mid century inspired Artist and Illustrator

August 29, 2016

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This has been one of my most popular posts, I thought you might like to see it again.

Joey Chou is an alumni and graduate of the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Joey was born in Taiwan and moved with his parents and sister to the U.S. when he was 15. He is strongly influenced by the work of Disney artist Mary Blair, comic books and 1950’s and 60’s geometry, as am I ! He has a wonderful vision for creating scenes and settings.

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His art reflects influences by prominent and obscure artists as well as influences by the Southern California lifestyle and culture.

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When not painting or sketching, Joey enjoys independent films, surfing, video games, and travelling.

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He was the artist chosen to illustrate one of the latest ‘It’s A Small World Book’ which much have been a real privilege since Mary Blair was involved in the creation and decoration of the original set at Disney World.

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For me his work is colourful, bold, fresh and happy, everything that works for children’s illustrations.

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There’s an element of exploration and adventure at times.

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A few familiar images from some Disney (and other) classics. How many can you spot ?

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I really admire his painted work too. He is often involved in small gallery events where his work is on sale. Framed or painted onto plates and also crafted into clocks.

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Young adventurers.

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Travels with a clockwork VW.

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Lovely brush strokes here.

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Glitz, glamour and fame too… he’s got it all ! : )

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You can find some original work to purchase over at Q Pop Shop. Also it was interesting to discover that Joey has just taken part in an exhibition with a theme of ‘Little Golden Tales’ this was his entry. Fabulous !

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Joey is now working for Sony Pictures Imageworks. If you enjoyed this post you’ll probably also like these posts on J.P Miller , Flora Chang and Neiko Ng. I will run a newer post about Joey and his work in the next few months.




4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2016 9:29 pm

    I LOVE these! I like the simple shapes becoming a riot of pattern and colour. They just scream, “Joy!”

  2. August 30, 2016 3:25 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Laura : )

  3. alibrookes permalink
    August 30, 2016 5:08 pm

    I’m so pleased that you have posted this again – it’s wonderful! There is nothing I don’t like about this artist. His illustrations are packed with colour, pattern and great characters, which would delight young and old alike.

  4. August 31, 2016 3:31 pm

    Thanks Ali, they’re pretty special aren’t they. I love his use of colour, some unexpectedly placed next to others you wouldn’t expect, but it works ! Great work.

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