Zombies, Pinups And Punk Rock: How Robert Williams Made It In Academic Art World
The Mesa Arts Center’s new season starts today, and they’re kicking it off with a show that celebrates "The Good, the Bad and the Weird."
The centerpiece of this is a show from the venerable Robert Williams, the godfather of low-brow and pop surrealist art. He’s the founder of JUXTAPOZ magazine. You might know his work from the rather famous cover of Guns N Roses “Appetite for Destruction” album.
Williams is a draftsman and self-proclaimed conceptual realist who's spent his career bringing hot rod culture, comics, graffiti, and tattoo art onto gallery walls.
But he’s not out to decorate — in fact, he told me his work is a feral form of art that can’t be contained.
I met Williams outside of the Mesa Art Center in our Soundbite Mobile Production unit to talk about how he fought to make it in the academic art world with a roster of zombie mystery paintings, pinups and punk rock.