Self proclaimed contemporary pop-artists, Monster of Brooklyn use a figure of an over-populated planet routinely in their work; it features in every image produced by the artists. It is a representation of the dense, multifarious world we live in. The monochrome colours that make up this biosphere are juxtaposed by the artists’ characteristic use of vibrant and animated colours. Colour for Choy and Moen embodies multiculturalism and it is clear that this is something that is important to the couple as they muse over their respective Malaysian and Norwegian roots.
This combination of culture and colour fuses to form the pulsating imagery that defines the artists’ signature style. We asked Matthew, what is the most important tool in your studio and why? His answer, Photoshop! Matthew and Camilla sketch or ink their designs on tracing paper and scan it to Photoshop. From there they re-ink, apply colour corrections, digital patterns and more. Approximately 60 to 80 layers are coated on the image in Photoshop, as Creative Director, Camilla decides when a piece is complete. This decision is made based on the overall composition of the image. Camilla looks for a full and cohesive canvas before discharging the work.
Both artists moved to Vancouver to pursue careers in visual effects and film. Camilla’s fine art background paired with Matthew’s graffiti skills magnetised to establish Monster of Brooklyn in 2017. The twosome draw inspiration from artists such as Banksy and Andy Warhol and these controversial, rich styles certainly ring true when we observe Monster of Brooklyn’s work.
When I asked Camilla to pick a favourite from her portfolio, her answer surprised me; Joan of Android, a work which depicts a strong, fiery-haired female entering the Animal Kingdom on horseback. Joan is a symbol of freedom, she signifies female independence, power and success. I found this to be an interesting choice when considering Joan of Android’s colour pallet. The image is quite muted when compared to an otherwise very luminous body of work. The subject and message of Monster of Brooklyn’s work unmistakeably takes precedence over technique.
70 editions of each image are available to purchase with custom framing and metal, wood or canvas mount options to choose from. Each piece is signed, numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
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Monster of Brooklyn will return to Art Vancouver in 2019 with t-shirts, footwear and prints in tow! Don’t miss them!
By Laura Noonan