I’m an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles, California with a focus on fine art, portrait, and documentary studies.
My artistic practice strives to capture a new beauty in natural and man-made environments through documentation of neglected details and occurrences. Rendered in photography, photo-collage, and sculpture, the studies are part realism and part imaginary, exploring shape, texture, and indirect mark-making in an effort to question a viewer’s initial perceptions and commonly accepted manifestations of beauty.
While my work takes many forms, I enjoy producing limited editions of my collages and photographs, available to buy here on this site and in select retailers.
English born, I am a graduate of Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, where I worked in various mediums, with a focus on memory, coincidence, and authorship. Following art school, I spent a decade in New York City working as an art director and editor at Vanity Fair, GQ, and CITY magazines, and exhibited artwork at Artists Space, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and London’s KK Outlet. My photography has appeared on or in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, the New York Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Howler, Dazed & Confused, New York, AnOther, and Playboy—in most cases on purpose.
Between 2010 and 2012 I edited and published the arts journal Afterzine along with artist’s books under my design and publishing imprint, Brown Griffin. My titles are sold in a dozen countries and my photography book, Vacancy, was the recipient of Japan’s Mount Zine Best Photography Book award in 2011.
I live and work in Los Angeles, California.
Photograph by Levi Obery.