Vintage Illustrations by Kareem Rizk
Thu, 04/08/2010 - 10:37
Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne based Australian artist who graduated from Monash University in 2004 with a Bachelor in Graphic Design. This course encouraged a rich influence of mixed media techniques which has always been evident in his work.
Rizk’s initial ambition was to forge a career as a Graphic Designer. However it was a short time after the completion of the university course that a more prominent interest in fine art became the focus of his endeavours. Previous work includes a position as a Graphic Designer for Melbourne‘s No.1 selling newspaper, The Herald Sun, as well as freelance design for various large and small clients.
Rizk started making collages in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2006 that an emphasis on promoting new work began. After only a few weeks of promoting his work Rizk was offered several opportunities for printed publication and exposure in Australia and the UK. Shortly after this came offers to exhibit the artwork in galleries.
Working mediums include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. The work is highly textured and often multi-layered with a nostalgic and weathered quality. Rizk's works can often be vibrant with colour, while others display a very refined or minimal palette.
Rizk's working methods also extend to digital collage with a very gritty and realistic display of texture and layering. The digital work is very much an experimentation in blurring the line between handmade work and digital work.
Exhibitions include solo and group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Barcelona and Milan. Exhibited work also includes large format displays in Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Further expressions of interest in Rizk’s work have come from New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Russia and Switzerland.
Rizk's work has been published in numerous magazines and books including Art Review, Empty magazine, Day In The Lyfe, Advanced Photoshop, ROJO magazine, Semi-Permanent Book 2007 & 2009, Computer Arts, Idea Fixa book, Mail Me Art book, Trip magazine, Design Graphics, Don’t Panic magazine and Desktop magazine.For more from Kareem Rizk visit his website and some of these works are available for sale at Etsy