Satirical and psychedelic works of Australian artist Mark Whalen

Mark Whalen is an Australian born, Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on evolution and the human condition.

Conjuring up psychedelic worlds, his work predominately focuses on satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations. Figures laze around chained to giant pears and sit silently in rows covering their face with masks whilst staring forward expressionlessly. Houses here are little more than boxes, beyond which there is nothing but space and endless abyss. It is oddly intriguing.

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

“Bindings” by Mark Whalen

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

“Sketchbook” created by Mark Whalen in collaboration with Black Art Projects

There is a consistency in colour running throughout Mark’s portfolio of work. Deep blues, bright reds and pastel pinks are juxtaposed with an array off acid bright tones to keep with the slightly psychedelic vibe. Add in the abstract angles and intense geometric patterns and you have an illustration with an endless amount of oddness to explore.

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

“Conditioner” by Mark Whalen

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

“Bindings” by Mark Whalen

The most recent series of sculptural works continues his study into the complexities of displacement and positioning that we, as both individuals and a species, experience through our lives.

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

A spread from “Sketchbook” created by Mark Whalen in collaboration with Black Art Projects

Mark Whalen, Illustration, Design, Colour, Neon, Artist Of The Week, Featured Artist

Mark Whalen sculpture displayed at Chalk Horse Gallery

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Posted on Sep 22nd, 17 by | Twitter: @HeadlessGreg

Headless Greg is the pseudonym of Scottish illustrator Greg McIndoe. Often found hunting for creative ideas and inspiration online and in books and magazines, he joined Inkygoodness in 2014 as a regular columnist.

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