From Fulton, Mississippi, Alex Harrison is an illustrator and painter who counts ‘enchanted art gloves, special paint pens and magical scissors’ as his tools of the trade. His work is of the type that grabs one firmly by the throat before getting a sharp slap across the face – in a good way of course. Harrison’s work is busy and engaging and I am reminded of the surrealist art of the mid twentieth century in parts, whilst remaining unique, refreshing and contemporary.
ⓒ Alex Harrison
Alex comes from an artistic family, who encouraged and supported him as an artist. His mother, father and sister, who Alex graduated from the Memphis College of Art with, are all artists. He works part time at the Memphis Flyer as an art director. The rest of the time he is a freelancer, doing murals, portraits, courtroom art for Fox, graphic design and more. He is a member of a band called The Warble who are known in the Memphis area.
‘I started a comic book called the Warble back in 2004 and now it is my band’s name. It has consumed my entire life. I have recently started to sign most of my work Alex Warble’
Most of Alex’s work has to do with his band, promoting it through flyers and animations.
‘I am a PC portrait painter/graphic design machine during the day. At night I make stuff to shock my friends. Lots of work that’s not suitable for the general public to see; some of it makes its way to my blog.’
Alex is inspired by music, friends, Memphis, the Internet, putting food on the table via art and music and having his work published.
When asked what his plans for the future were, he aims to attain more and more freelance jobs, with the hope of attracting a larger audience through his book ‘John Reed’s Tales of Woe’, which is about to be published through MTV Books.