Njord is a contemporary digital illustrator who lives in Reston, Virginia. A native of Arlington, Virginia. His colorful illustrations pay homage to his main influences: music and pop culture, and languages. His distinctive style evokes often absurd or humorous associations to inspire the viewer to think beyond the surface. Color, detail and cultural references are remixed in the art to create kaleidoscopic scenes that evoke comic books, old magazines from around the world, pop art and gig posters. Njord has a BFA in painting and printmaking and an associates degree in graphic design. His artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Palm Springs, California, and Washington D.C My works are questions to myself. A visual snapshot of a short dialogue, debate or discussion that I pose to myself or the viewer. Like the works created jointly by Andy Warhol and Jean Basquiat, there are differing points of view in my work, as if edited by two or more people to come up with the best possible end product. And although at the end of the day, it’s just me behind the stylus, the chaos, duality and often multiplicity of my thought processes are all left for the viewer to experience, translate, and interpret. The journey is more interesting than the end result. I work in digital media because of the amazing array of tools it provides. Wherever I take my laptop or ipad, I have my artist studio. Digital art is the newest medium available to artists and offers the highest possibility of producing art that will not look like a painting or drawing done by a previous artist. So although there are references to music and commercial art, and languages the digital format allows me to recombine these elements into something entirely new.
Solo Exhibition: Manteca Electrica, The Coachella Valley Art Scene, Palm Desert, CA. Dec. 2014.
Old and New, Group Show at The Parliament, York Pennsylvania. 2015
Solo Exhibition: Choque Cultural, The Unified Scene, Washington, D.C. Feb. 2016
Two Person Exhibition: Gimme Two, The Unified Scene, Washington, D.C. April 2019.
The Thread as the Line: Contemporary Sewn Art, Ellipse Art Gallery Arlington V. 2008