Emek: The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist

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What do the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age have in common? Well yes, obviously they’re all immensely popular bands, but they’ve also all had poster artwork done by Emek Golan.

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Born in Israel in 1970, Emek was raised in a family of five artists, exposing him to artistic creativity at an early age. He went on to study art at California State University, and began his work with alternative rock bands in the early 1990’s, producing iconic pieces for the likes of Tool, Marilyn Manson and The Decemberists.

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Emek’s oeuvre is known for being incredibly intricate and detailed; utilising pop culture imagery to convey a very subtle sense of political commentary, he manages to turn something as simple as a promotional poster into a comment on contemporary society. In 2006 The Oregonian dubbed Emek ‘the savior of rock-and-roll. Not the music, but the art” – it is easy to see why Emek’s culturally rich works have garnered such a following.

View his work online here.

James

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