JOE SIMKO ... click on images to enlarge them ... contact mf gallery for details & availability ... 917-446-8681 ... info@MFgallery.net ...
JOE SIMKO is a custom artist/cartoonist based in New York. He works with local and national rock bands, (Such as Murphy’s Law, GWAR, Trivium, Sonic Youth, and many others.) providing designs for albums, t-shirts, and tour posters. In 2006, he was the official illustrator for the largest traveling alternative punk rock music festival, the Vans Warped Tour. Currently Simko is the sole art manager/designer for Japan’s yearly large-scale rock music festival, Magma.
Simko's art is composed of a few very distinct styles. His paintings can be best described as a stylized blend of bright Saturday morning cartoon form meshed with twistedly eccentric subject matters. His earlier works included laboriously detailed abstract expressionist brush and ink works, and some of his work takes on a more traditional pen and ink indie comic book style. Often hiding subliminal undertones throughout his pieces, there is always something new to notice upon multiple viewing of Simko’s artwork.
Simko has illustration work printed in Spin Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, Skinnie Magazine, and has been published in such books as The Art of Modern Rock, AOMR mini A-Z, The Art of Electric Frankenstein, Roller Derby Art, EF Poster Book Vol. 1, and A Fistfull of Rock and Roll. Articles reviewing his work have appeared in AP Magazine, Skinnie Magazine, Blood and Thunder, and the NY Waste. He is currently involved with Topps creating art for the new Garbage Pail Kids Flasback series (launching Feb. 2010) and art for an all new Wacky Packages series.
Schiffer Books will be publishing Simko’s first suspiciously twisted and slightly dark edged children’s book aptly entitled “The Sweet Rot” for national distribution in Spring of 2010. The book is written and illustrated by Simko himself.
for Rock Music Festivals