Hey folks. I'm a bit behind on updating the portfolio, but I'm working on it. Check Instagram.com/oliverBarrett for updates in the meantime!
The fine folks over at Mondo teamed up with me on a couple of Batman V Superman pieces: The cover of Birth.Movies.Death., which features a mass of fights. And then a pint glass for the Alamo Drafthouse.
A gigantic high-five / handshake / bearhug to the team at ESPN for deciding to work with me on this feature for the 2015 NBA Finals. Being a native Clevelander, it was really awesome to get to work on something related to the city that was featured on such a big stage.
AD: Chin Wang, Eric Paul
This screen-printed poster was created for a private commission group.The goal was to come up with a concept that stuck out from the sea of alternative Alien posters out there that featured only Ripley or the xenomorph, but not any of the other characters.
Naturally, a good Alien poster deserves a great sequel. Hence, the Aliens companion poster.
I unfortunately do not have any for sale.
Selection of illustrations for Bandcamp.com's featured artists including: Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Coultrain, Hanni El Khatib, and Laura Groves
The Academy Awards held an exhibition at Gallery 1988 LA that featured prints of 2012's best picture nominees as well as prints of some of the best moments in Oscars history, which I was responsible for coming up with.
I had the good fortune to work with Mello Music Group on their first big release of 2015, Personas. Personas is a compilation showcasing the hip-hop label's impressive roster. The art & design of the packaging was meant to do that same thing and highlight each artist while also portraying them as a cohesive and collaborative unit.
Grammy award winning producer, Jack Splash, joined forces with legendary blue-eyed soul crooner, Bobby Caldwell to form Cool Uncle. They worked with me on creating the artwork for their self-titled debut album. The imagery came from some of the more obscure lyrics.
The track w/ Mayer Hawthorne is a pretty good jam.
Right after the (sad) conclusion to this year's NBA Finals, ESPN.com ran an article listing the 50 greatest NBA teams in basketball history. This project was developed during the finals and featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and depending on which team won the championship Stephen Curry or Lebron James.
The Lebron version didn't make it...
AD: Neil Jameson
Recent selection of illustrations for Bandcamp.com that include Jaga Jazzist, Prefuse 73, Mocky, and Daymé Arocena
The fine folks at Bandcamp released a compilation featuring many up and coming artists from Oakland California. I worked on the exterior artwork for the release, which hopefully is the first of many.
AD: Moni Orife
The creative team for the 5-time Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy teamed up with yours truly for a few posters. The first commemorates the Galaxy as the first MLS team to win five championships.
The next was a set of posters for the 2014 MLS Championship match between the Galaxy and the New England Revolution, which was also to be the final appearance of Landon Donovan.
A few of the illustrations I worked on with ESPN for their article, 'Playground Basketball is Dyingl.' I'm terrible at basketball, but I'm a big fan of the sport, so this was a pretty fun project.
Selection of recent illustrations for Bandcamp that includes: Mavis Staples, Quantic, Machinedrum, and Vessels
Studiocanal partnered with myself & Mystery Box to come up with artwork for the re-release of The Third Man, starring Joseph Cotten & Orson Welles. Studiocanal ended up going with a different version with a different, illustration of mine(but similar design work). This was my personal favorite of the concepts submitted for both the Blu-ray package and the poster. The duality displayed through the overlapping portraits along with the other elements provide an enticing portrayal of the mystery & intrigue of the film.
I came up with this 8 x 8 screen-printed piece for the traveling exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters. Prints are available at the shows and likely online in about a month.
Stand-Up Records cooked up this special re-reissue of Joan Rivers' classic comedy album for Record Store Day 2015. This poster was a screen-printed promotional gift. I have a few AP's for sale in the store.
A personal project showcasing some of baseball's great weirdos and crooked characters. Available as prints in my shop.
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Every spring, Cleveland Scene Magazine releases a preview of The Cleveland Indians for that year. I had the privilege of illustrating the cover for 2015. This year features manager Terry 'Tito' Francona on his trusty steed, a red Genuine Buddy scooter, that he uses to commute around town.
Selection of illustrations for Bandcamp this year that include Alice Russell, Lee Fields, Rioux, and Adrian Younge
ESPN: The Magazine ran a story on the speculation of corruption within the FIFA organization, and its then-president, Sepp Blatter. I worked on this vilifying image to accompany the piece. By the time the issue was released, Sepp Blatter had disgracefully resigned. Coincidence? Maybe...
Two illustrations for ESPN the Magazine's story on disgraced NFL running back, Ray Rice. The story centers around his destroyed image and public outrage after his disgusting behavior was brought to light.
There were two images created that Art Director Eric Paul was able to choose from. This project appears in the 2014 NFL Preview issue for September.
Selection of illustrations for Bandcamp this year that include Tommy Guerrero, Tora, Too Many Zooz, Spazzkid and Electric Wire Hustle
Major League Soccer and the Futbol Artist Network commissioned a group of artists to create imagery celebrating the career of Landon Donovan, who's probably best known for his golden goal in the 2010 World Cup for the US Men's National Team. I created a portrait with colorways for the LA Galaxy and the US Men's National Team. He was a fun one to watch.
AD: Daniel Nyari
My friend & very talented musician, Matt Rolin, commissioned me to put together an image that he could use for publications involving his trippy band, Nowhere.
Not pictured: Chris Hoke
ChuckleFck, Cleveland's comedy powerhouse, contacted me to put together a poster for The Lucas Brothers (22 Jump Street, Lucas Brothers Moving Co., Friends of the People). They're both huge wrestling fans, particularly of Bret 'The Hitman' Hart, so it made sense that both of their heads found their way onto the Hitman's body for this one.
In the week leading up to the last season of Breaking Bad, the hype & anticipation got big enough to the point where I just wanted to draw Walter White for the heck of it. No half measures here.
It eventually made its way into my store as a 16 x 24 print. Edition of 52.
This self initiated piece is based around living in Cleveland, in one neighborhood in particular, and having an extremely cynical attitude toward the 'progress' being made there. Don't get me wrong, the place has come a long way, but I think people are 'drinking the Kool-Aid' a bit too much around here.
12 x 12 prints are available in the store.
I have the privilege of creating images for featured artists on Bandcamp.com pretty regularly. These are selections from the past few months that include the late Francis Bebey, Black Milk, Jean Grae, Painted Palms, Diggs Duke, Fulgeance, Hello Skinny, and video game music composer Danny Baranowsky.
I was working on some new linework exercises that just got a mind of their own and formed this bizarre Larry Bird tribute. I have a few prints of these I've been selling in-person. They may make their way into the online store. Feel free to contact me if interested.
My favorite of the three illustrations I put together for Men's Health magazine for an article and infographic that pits Jason Statham and his workouts vs. Arnold Schwartzenegger and his workouts from the 70's and 80's when he was massive.
The New Republic magazine commissioned me for an editorial illustration to be included with an article about the poet/writer George Meredith. This particular article focused on a sonnet about a failing relationship and infidelity.
The piece appears in the May 2013 issue.
AD: Erick Fletes
Supersonic Art holds an invitational exhibition of some of the top artists around. I was really excited to get an invite to participate, as I'm a fan of just about everyone else in the show. There isn't really a theme for this, so I used the opportunity to come up with something that's been in the back of my head for awhile, and that's creating a piece about failure and squandering talent. It might appear that this is just Chet Baker with skull face-paint, but it's really about wasting opportunities.
Selection of illustrations for Bandcamp this year that include Nick Waterhouse, Mo Kolours, Osunlade, and Amp Fiddler
This illustration appeared in the December 2011 issue of Wired Magazine in an article about the legacy of Steve Jobs.
AD: Alice Cho
This illustration of Philadelphia Union & US Men's National team midfielder, Maurice Edu, was commissioned by Major League Soccer and the Futbol Artist Network. The image accompanies a video showcasing Maurice's drive, ambition, & a bit of background on his life.
AD: Daniel Nyari
And Culture, a branding agency out of Harrisburg, PA had commissioned a few artists to come up with some imagery to be used in their rebranding efforts, which included a new website and the obligatory collateral materials. The theme was innovation, so I came up this layered image of creative people that ranged from Henry Ford to Walt Whitman to Steve Jobs.
You can view the image on their site: AndCulture.com (refresh if it doesn't appear immediately)
The Atlantic commissioned me to come up with an illustration to accompany an article about early 20th century poet, Marianne Moore, and the difficult relationship with her controlling, over-bearing mother.
You can find this story in the December 2013 issue of the magazine.
AD: Jackie Lay
Big thanks to The New Republic for having me work up this editorial illustration on Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk. The image was part of a write-up on the Turkish Nobel Prize winner and his thoughts on issues in Turkey & writing.
This was part of the September 2013 Issue.
AD: Erick Fletes
This is a selection from an ongoing series of drawings that were for warm-ups or just because I wanted to draw the character. Some of these have been made into prints for various gallery shows. They may find their way into the store soon. You can find more of them on my tumblr page.
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AMC & Hero Complex Gallery teamed up for an exhibition to promote the premiere of the 4th season of The Walking Dead. I was invited to participate, which was great because it gave me an opportunity to create a piece based on a great character in Rick Grimes, who is great at shooting dead things, and turning his head in awkward ways when he scolds his kid, who never listens.
The print, 'Maybe You People Are Better Off Without Me' is an 18 x 24 giclee print, available in the gallery's store.
The Walking Dead © 2013 AMC Film Holdings LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Selections from Spoke Art's Annual Wes Anderson-themed show. Obligatory Bill Murray overload.
Many of these are sold out, but some APs are in the store.
Selected works from various pop-culture group shows at Gallery1988.
I have a few APs available in the store.
Some of the earlier Bandcamp illustrations that break out of the landscape format.
Album artwork & layout for the band 'To Catch A Thief'
Commissioned silk-screened poster for The Astor Theatre's showing of the Sergio Leone classic 'Once Upon A Time In The West.'
Available in the store.
This is a stupid play on words that my brother had been rambling about that I turned into a print to give him for Christmas. There's always room for a dumb joke or two on a portfolio site, and this is no exception.
This was a warm up drawing that I liked enough to turn into a small print. The original Transformers movie is always clunking around my brain.
An older project of mine that I still like a bunch, so here it is again. If you're sick of seeing it, well, I've got two words for ya.
An earlier project of mine that depicts some classic Jazz players.