Flux

Born in rural Pennsylvania to a blue-collar family, internationally-acclaimed and award-winning designer, illustrator, and fine artist John Malloy [AKA FLuX] began drawing at a young age. He later earned a background in old masters painting and graphic design, and has since been self-taught in fine art, illustration, comics, and design.

Clients include Peace Tea [Original], The Internet, Diesel, Monster Energy, Business Week, Minus The Bear, Paste Magazine, Focus Features, Dazed & Confused, Utne Reader, Airtran Airways, Dawn Richard, Lemon Magazine, KEXP, Dublab, Evite and more. His illustrations and designs have been featured in a variety of publications and exhibits, including Illusive, The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration, and Spectrum. His work has won awards including the Creativity International Platinum Prize for Illustration in Advertising and the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Silver Award. His fine art has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Atlanta, and Washington DC.

He is presently working on an autobiographical graphic novel titled “Queasy: A Memoir”, an excerpt of which appears in Image Comics’ Popgun Anthology. He has concepted and illustrated comic-styled interviews with musicians including Billy Corgan and The Battles for Lemon Magazine. His first graphic novel, “Amnesia” [2001] combined pen & ink, painted, and digital media.

My fine art is an amalgam of classical realism, illustrative and street art. With a background in old masters’ style painting and trompe l'oeil, my paintings have hyper-realistic 3D quality to them person. I have since been self-taught in oil, acrylic, ink, & digital media. After my initial training, I spent the first few years creating work that relied heavily on the work of those whose work had influenced me, including Egon Schiele, Barron Storey, Lucian Freud and others, but felt my work was too derivative. I then spent a few years simply drawing for myself and absorbing/gaining inspiration from art in many forms including illustration, graffiti, sculpture, music, comics, art house films, and installation work. The result was a painstaking rework of everything I thought I knew. It pushed me to find new avenues of self-expression that continue to drive my work. Many themes behind my work tell a story in metaphor, half open to the interpretation of the viewer. I work in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, Sumi ink, graphite and digital and continue to explore others. Stylistically I am inspired by Alfonse Mucha, Winsor McCay, Alberto Vargas, Eyvind Earle and Mati Klarwein, in addition to the above - the work that drives me takes me outside of my general way of thinking, and I hope in some way my work similarly moves others as well.


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