Legendary Bronx graffiti artist Eric Orr talks about his how he wound up creating the first HipHop based comic book. I met the legendary artist at the 3rd Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. This is definitely an event you need to goto!
Eric Orr is an American artist raised in the heart of New York’s South Bronx. He was one of the first graffiti artists of the early 80s to substitute typography in art, using a symbol, character or icon as a moniker. The icon, known as robot head, was inspired by the space age and the robotics era. The robot head has become the visual identity associated with his artwork.
In the mid 70s, Eric found his passion in art through experimentation with colour and texture.
He was recognized early on by his peers and mentors as a gifted artist. His creativity and ability to work across diverse forums would ensure his future success, from writing in his neighborhood and the New York City subways, to entry into international exhibitions at fine art galleries, and providence from the highly esteemed Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. He has designed for music recording labels and clothing and apparel lines, and has curated the touring of customized games industry merchandise produced by many of the worlds great street artists.
His affinity with nature has also led him towards creating 3D ecological artforms and using found objects as a canvas. More recently, he has applied his life experience to working with artists and youth in transformational environments within communities