Introducing Alex ‘Warble’ Harrison

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.

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ⓒ 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.’

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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.

See more of ‘Warble’s’ work at Deviant Art and on his blog.

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  1. Totally agree about how the style and particularly the surrealism is reminiscent of early 20th century artists; for me I think of Chagall, even some of Van Gough’s Parisian scenes.

    At the same time his work clearly adapts well to the modern, “pop”-y feel required in things like posters and flyers, as in the third image.

    Some of the pieces, with animal characters in them, put me in mind of a nursery rhyme or fairy tale- a childishness and colourfulness at first, but with an undoubtedly adult and sometimes almost sinister edge.
    It’s a wildly different style of course, but in this I think there’s a similarity to some others you’ve posted- such as James Jean.

    It’s very interesting how different artists can put across related sentiments with such contrasting approaches.

    Great stuff

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  5. Great comment mate - took me a while to read it!

    Simply brilliant and I like what you say in the last paragraph regarding how artists have such different approaches to various ideas - this is what this site is all about.


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