About

Biography:
Mike Perry is a designer and artist working in numerous media: books, magazines, films, newspapers.  He draws, paints, and illustrates.  He animates.  He cuts, pastes, and builds.  He creates sculpture projects and installations.  He crafts limited-edition silkscreen posters as well as large-scale ad campaigns.  He curates books and monographs.  He can be enlisted to design Mike Perry originals for display at home or office.  He gets lost in pattern and wants you to get lost with him, too.  He wants to mesmerize and awaken you through his constellations of line, form, shape, color, idea. 

Perry art-directs, designs books, and paints portraits.  He wants your eyes to dance, and your mind and mojo along with them.  He is working on children’s books and has been invited to contribute to literary magazines.  Black-and-whites, muted colors, neons, shades of purple, images enchanting and cacophonous: Liftoff.  He brands and has a helluva beard.  He teaches.  He writes the Twitter feed himself.  And, yes, he does online giveaways.  Have you seen his Tumblr?  He’s working on a cooking show.  He’s made T-shirts and Nike shoes.  His appetite for collaboration and creation are omnivorous.  His curiosity and creative aspiration are boundless.  If you want to work with him, buy something from him, commission him, interview him, then the line, so to speak, is open.  He’s just like that.  The possibilities are endless.

Perry is intrigued by spiraling galaxies of mind and thought, by questions like, “What is your unique history of Infinity?”  With his work, he wants to remind you of your exquisite magnificence.  He seeks to create planetariums of inner space and imagination.  He wants you to recognize our poetic interdependence.  He is seduced, juiced, intoxicated by the ways the hand-drawn informs and transforms contemporary visual culture and the experience of life itself.  His art and installations can be meditative or hyperactively sublime. 

Perry works regularly for a number of editorial and commercial clients including Apple, The New York Times, Dwell, Target, Urban Outfitters, Aldo, and Nike.  His 2012 monograph, Wondering Around Wandering, is an anthology that is at turns humorous, mystical, poetic, warm, sexy, charming, serene.  Watercolor sunsets at the edge of space-time juxtaposed with houses on doughnuts floating in whitespace.  His use of color, pattern, and form expresses a joyful spirit and a reverence for the laughter-bliss that is inherent in the human experience.  Perry integrates all moods and sentiments—our yearnings and archetypes—into an aesthetic world that is sometimes minimally evocative of a gouached big bang, and at other times collaged portraits of daydream reveries.  Fields of colors and patterns are doorways to alternative universes that represent your own possibility better than anything you can see.  His forms and characters may appear to be child-like, but these journeys into our essential existential are not.  He seeks to create a new spiritual meme, to remind us to delight when witnessing this ecstatic cosmos.  And he has fun doing it.  He wants you to have fun doing it, too.

Perry has garnered numerous accolades and awards.  In 2008, Print magazine selected him for its esteemed New Visual Artist award.  The Art Directors Club chose him for its “Young Guns” group and exhibition the same year.  In 2007, he was named “Groundbreaking Illustrator” by Computer Arts Projects, and way back when (in 2004), he was chosen as one of Step magazine’s “30 Under 30.” His work has been exhibited around the world including at two recent, solo shows in Tokyo:  We are the Infinity of Each Other at B Gallery and Color, Shapes and Infinity at Public Image 3D Gallery.

In addition to his commercial, nonprofit, and personal artwork, Perry has also published extensively.  His first book, Hand Job, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2006, pays homage to the relevance and beauty of hand-drawn type in the digital age. Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns (2008), explores the nuanced texture, humor, and elegance of illustrative patterns.  A third book, entitled Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, was released in March 2011, showcasing the silk-screened extravaganza of contemporary artists and designers. His fourth book title Wondering Around Wandering Work So Far… focused on the last 8 years of art output.

Perry is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. His creative adventure began at age 13 when his grandfather a painter himself gave him a tackle box full of paint.  From then on, it has been one canvas, silkscreen, notebook page, paper, and poster print after another.  Perry went to Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a degree in graphic design, and his first job was designing for Urban Outfitters where he worked for 3 years.

Most days, Perry is engaged in stream-of-consciousness visual narration at his Brooklyn studio. He uses his pen, inks, paints, pencil, collage, structure, shape, and paper as moment-to-moment investigations into the future becoming the present—limning the to be that is past.  [Like any mass of electrons, sea salt, trace elements, and consciousness worth its salt, on some days, he is not really on, or of, this planet.]  In his process of discovery, he can be found mixing colors, pulling prints, building sculptures and following lines all throughout his studio.  In his notebook are sketches of things to come and the evolving master blueprint of Perryland.  He is continually exercising his belief in the transformative power of making things.  His work can be considered love notes to the abstract, unknowable future that is all possibility [in the present].  He invites you to join him on this curious journey to discover more of the unknown.  He is grateful that you are here.

Agencies:
160 over 90 (Philadelphia), BBDO (New York, Toronto), BBH (New York), Brand New School (New York), Company 3 (New York), DDB (London), Digital Kitchen (Chicago), Fallon (Minneapolis), Gretel (New York), JWT(New York, Detroit), John Brown Group (London), Knock (Minneapolis), Mullen (Boston), Odopod (San Francisco), Saatchi and Saatchi (London, New York), The Martin Agency (Richmond), Thinktopia (Minneapolis), VSA Partners (New York), W+K (London), Wolff Olins (New York)

Retail, Media, Hospitality:
AOL, Aerie, Aido Skate, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, Apple Computers, Beams Japan, Bonarroo Music Festival, Bonds, Boost Mobile, Brooklyn Industries, Capsule, Channel 4 London, Chico’s, Colab Eyewear, Collective Edition, Crest, De’Longhi, EMI France, E Music, ESPN, Element EU, Experience, Inc., Extensis, Fabrick, Free People, Human Empire, Insound, Jan Sport, Kenneth Cole, MTV, Mac Cosmetics, Microsoft Zune, Micrsoft, Milk Studios, Myspace, Nickelodeon, Nike, Palm, Phish, Playstation, Pocketo, Polyvinyl Records, Rome SDS, Salomon S.A., Starbucks, TV Land, Target, The Ace Hotel, The Avalanches, The Gap, The Quiet Life, The Standard Hotel, Threadless, Toms Shoes, Ubiquity Records, Urban Outfitters, VIPP, Zoo York,

News Paper, Magazines, Publishers:
2, Amelias, American Express Magazine, Arkitip, Austin Monthly , Block, Building, Bust, Complex, Computer Arts , Cottage Life, Chronicle Books, Culture and Travel , Dwell , Factory, GQ, Grafik, Harpers, HHMI , How, Institutional Investor , Interni, Jane, Mark Batty Publishers, Melcher Media, The New York Times, T, Nick,Nylon, PC, Princeton Architectural Press, Print, ReadyMade, Reload , Spin,Technology Review, Texas Monthly, The Fader, The Guardian, The Stranger, The Village Voice, Tokion, Vibe, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Health

Finance:
Capital One, Genworth Financial

Education, Non-profits:
American Cancer Society, Art Directors Club, Bard College, NSPCC, NYC and Company, The School at Columbia, Yale University Art Gallery

Books Published:
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Prints / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2011
Iron Me On / Author / Chronicle Books 2009
Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2008
Hand Job: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Type / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2007

Guest Lecturer:
AIGA Chicago, August 2010
Target Corporation Minneapolis MN, August 2010
How Design Conference Denver CO, June 2010
Design Kids: Design a Zine, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum 2010
Yale University, 2010
University of Flordia, Ligature 2008
MICA, Graduate Weekend Workshop, Fall 2008
MICA, Graduate Weekend Workshop, Spring 2008
MCAD, 2008
AIGA Philadelphia, 2008

Teaching:
New York, NY
Visiting Professor, Parsons Winter 2010 - Current
Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Professor, University of the Arts / Winter 2009
Baltimore, MD
Visiting Professor, MICA / 2008
Minneapolis, MN USA 
Adjunct Faculty, MCAD / 2004

Published / Featured Magazines:
Elle Girl / Featured Artist October 2010
Tokion / Featured Artist May 2010
ReadyMade / Studio Visit 2010
Page One / Featured Artist March 2010
Nylon Korea / Featured Artist Janurary 2010
Elephant / Featured Artist Winter 2009-10
Varoom / Featured Artist 2009
Design*Sponge & The New York Public Library / Design by the Book Featured Artist 2008
Reload / Featured Artist 2008
Grafik  / A to Z of Illustration / Cover and Feature 2008
Feasthetic / Cover and Feature 2008
Block / Featured Artist 2008
Arkitip / Featured Artist 2008
Brooklyn Industry / Featured Artist 2007
Arkitip / Featured Artist 2007
Territory, No. 3 / Power Houses of Design
STEP magazine / January–February 2004 / Top 25 young designers under the age of 35

Published / Featured Books:
3D Typography by Jeanette Abbink and Emily CM Anderson, Mark Batty Publishers
Lemon Poppy Seeed, Gestalten
For Love and Money by Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs, TK
Graphic Design Solutions by R. Landa,
Young Graphic Designers Americas, DAAB
Fashion Source: Cutting-edge Patterns and Textures

Beyond Architecture, Gestalten
Type Addiction, Victionary
Nice to Meet You, Victionary
Musikraphics, Victionary
Made & Sold by FL@33
Art for Obama by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross
Typo Mag by Laura Meseguer
Green Patriot Posters by Dmitri Siegal & Edward Morris
Exquisite Book by Julia Rothman

Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibition - “We are the infinity of Each Other” / B Gallery / Tokyo, Japan / June - July 2011
Solo Exhibition - “Color Shapes and Infinity” / Public Image 3D / Tokyo, Japan / June 2011
Solo Exhibition - “If this were a Dream I would be Laying Down” / Teshima Ryokan / Yamaguchi, Japan / January 2011
Solo Exhibition - “Lost in the Discover of What Shapes the Mind,” MACD Gallery / Minneapolis, MN / March 2010
Solo Exhibition - “Giant Zine,” Grass Hut / Portland, OR / June - April  2009
Solo Exhibition - “The Landscape Between Time & Space,” DDB / London, England / September 2008
Solo Exhibition - “The Patterns Found in Space,” Giant Robot / New York, NY / March - April  2009
Collabrative Exhibition - “Eat Me” Human Empire / Hamburg, Germany / November 2010
Collabrative Exhibition - “M&J A Pile of Drawings,” Super Superficial / London, England / July  2008
Group Exhibition - “Strrrike 2 NYC” The Simple Space / New York, NY / December 2010
Group Exhibition - “Blister Blackout” MC. Motors / London, England / December 2010
Group Exhibition - “Simple Lines” The Simple Space / New York, NY / October 2010
Group Exhibition - “Public Works 2,” Andrew Rafacz Gallery Gallery / Chicago, IL / July 2010
Group Exhibition - “Whats the Big Idea,” Double Punch Gallery / San Fransisco, CA / July 2010
Group Exhibition - “This is the Book I have Written for You,” Park Life Gallery / San Fransisco, CA / June 2010
Group Exhibition - “Character Traits,” Trunk / Brooklyn, NY / February 2010 
Group Exhibition - “20/10 Vision,” Gallery Hanahou, New York, NY / February 2010
Group Exhibition - “Browsing Copy” Usless Gallery / Suntec, Singapore / November 2009 - February 2010
Group Exhibition - “The Waiting Room,” The Waiting Room / Manchester, England / January 2009
Group Exhibition - “VIPP” DWR Tools for Living / New York, NY / November 2009
Group Exhibition - “Nesting Works” DWR Tools for Living / New York, NY / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “Art & Sole” El Kartel / Vancouver, B.C. Canada / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “A Small Number of Things” Giant Robot SF / San Francisco, CA / September 2009
Group Exhibition - “Contributors” Traveling / Canada / August 2009
Group Exhibition - “Sketchbook Obsessions” New York Times / New York, NY / July 2009
Group Exhibition - “Beneath the Surface” NEMO / Portland, OR / May 2009
Group Exhibition - “Amsterdam Loves New York 400 years,” Amsterdam, Holland / April 2009
Group Exhibition - “Inspired,” TinLark Gallery / Los Angles, CA / Janurary - Feburary  2009
Group Exhibition - “Manifest Hope: DC,” / Washington D.C. / Janurary - Feburary  2009
Group Exhibition - “Printed Matter IV” Giant Robot / San Francisco, CA / Janurary - Feburary  2009
Group Exhibition - “The Joyful Bewilderment,” Rough Trade East / London, England / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “Off-Register,” Traveling Show / July - Janurary  2008 - 2009
Group Exhibition - “Highmath”  / Berlin, Germany /  January 2008
Group Exhibition - “It’s Nice That” Traveling / London, England / December 2008
Group Exhibition - “Feeling It Out,” / Open Space/ Beacon, NY / July 2008
Group Exhibition - “Failure,” / Lab at Belmar / Denver, CO / May 2008
Group Exhibition - “Love Addict,” / Kubrick / Hong Kong, China / June 2008
Group Exhibition - “Post Wood” / Moster Children Gallery / Sydney, Australia / March 2008
Group Exhibition - “Human Empire,” / Human Empire / Hamburg, Germany / March 2007



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