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After a long search through the list of artists that were in the galleries I have managed to find one of them who I can strongly relate to my work. He is Robert Crumb, commonly known as the American artist and illustrator R. Crumb. He was born on August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in an unhappy family, surrounded by artistic brothers and sisters, which was chronicled in the 1994 Terry Zwigoff documentary film Crumb.

 

 

 

The content and the intent of his work is the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb’s entire career has unfolded outside the mainstream comic book publishing industry. Crumb’s artwork referenced the detail of early 20th-century cartoon styles. However, his stories were frequently satirical, sexual and politically outrageous, particularly in the context of comic books, which, thanks to the enforcement of the Comics Code, were generally wholesome children’s fare. He soon inspired and attracted a number of other artists who were excited by the possibilities of publishing countercultural comic books.

 

 

It’s funny how I never heard of him until today, yet I can relate myself deeply in his work. He is a graphic artist much like myself who mainly just use, graphite and ink on paper. The form of his work is manly cartoon and comic type based. And just by looking at some of his images that he adds humor to his stories and take the piss of the world he lives in, again very much like myself. One of his most recognized works is the “Keep on Truckin” comic, which became a widely distributed fixture of pop culture in the 1970s.

 

 

“Keep on Truckin'” is a one-page comic by Robert Crumb. It was published in the first issue of Zap Comix in 1968. A visual riff on the lyrics of the Blind Boy Fuller song “Truckin’ My Blues Away”, it shows an assortment of smiling cartoon men drawn in Crumb’s distinctive style strutting confidently across a barren landscape. He is someone you can look up to since he enjoys what he loves doing. In the mid-1990s Crumb traded six of his sketchbook for a townhouse in a small village in southern France, where he moved with his wife, daughter and son who is still currently illustrating his famous one-page comics.

Dealer Gallery Websites, New York, davidzwirner.com

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http://lambiek.net/artists/c/crumb.htm

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