SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute


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Zach Johnsen is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer, working both in the commercial sphere and fine-art world. He uses graphite, watercolour, pen and ink and acrylic on mostly 2D surfaces and by far his most trusted medium is the Micron pen. He uses them exhaustively to describe an ever-expanding world of ghouls, monsters and misfits — the shady characters in everyday life and how they expose themselves in our world. His work is frenetic and chaotic, an explosion of lines and colour influenced by infomercials, cartoons, sweets and the over-consumption of popular culture. Johnsen has lent his unique style of frenetic pen lines, jumbled character piles and explosive colour to a variety of applications. He has worked with Bulleit Bourbon, MTV, K2 Snowboards, ESPN, Nike, Gnu Snowboards, Icon Motosports, Slingshot Wakeboards and Sony/BMG. His fine-art work has been displayed across the US, in Australia, Denmark, Japan and the UK. He currently splits his time between northern New Hampshire and Portland, Oregon in the US.

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