Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp

When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes […]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover

It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle […]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams

As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark […]

Artist Profile: Bob White

When Bob White was a young boy, he spent all of his time outside pretending he was Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, and leafing through the pages of hunting, fishing, and trapping books.  “Everything I read was related to the outdoors,” White recalls. “The words of those stories captured my imagination, but it was the […]

Artist Profile: Alex Kuno

Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, […]

Artist Profile: Jeff Nelson

If you’ve dined out in the Twin Cities sometime in the last several years, you’ve likely seen the work of Jephemera, aka Jeff Nelson. He’s one of the most sought-after chalk-art and hand-lettering artists in the state, hired by restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and taprooms to customize menus, most of which are displayed on chalkboards. But […]

Artist Profile: Brian Matthew Hart

Choosing an artist to grace the cover of our arts issue was no small task. Grand questions about the nature of art and its creation swirled about as we explored the work of several talented local artists. We were hoping for an image that could elicit the interest and curiosity of the viewer, while also […]

Artist Profile: Nick Wroblewski

More than most creatives of his age or era, Nick Wroblewski preserves an intimate relationship with his work. Throughout the artistic process Nick is inspired—and restricted—by our natural world. Opting to draw by hand the original drafts of his masterful woodcut prints, Nick maintains a physical connection to his work and the natural Midwest landscapes […]

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities tap into their inner artists

“Art makes me.” This is what art means to Victor Van, a Minneapolis artist with autism. His art depicts things he loves: cars, wine bottles, even beer labels. “He would grab bottles and has always been fascinated by them,” Van’s mother, Yawa Vanthanouvong, explains about her son’s artistic inspiration. “Even as a little kid, he […]

“Jawsh” Lemke: Aerosol as an Art Form

An Artist Profile of Josh “Jawsh” Lemke. By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell me something weird about yourself? Josh Lemke: I have a very healthy obsession with Futurama, which includes a giant tattoo of Bender on my leg and many collectibles. G: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? JL: I’m an […]

Keeping the Dream Alive with Jake Keeler

In this Artist Profile, The Growler gets inside the mind of Twin Cities multimedia artist Jake Keeler. by Joseph Alton Name: Jake Keeler Website: www.20acrecarcass.com Growler: Tell us something strange about yourself? Jake Keeler: Not so much strange, but perhaps interesting to Growler readers: I’m the Chair of the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee, and […]

A Little Bit of Everything with Nick Zdon

In this Artist Profile, The Growler sits  down with Nick Zdon, a true jack of all trades. By Joseph Alton Name: Nick Zdon Website: nickzdon.com The Growler: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? Nick Zdon: I do a lot of things, but have no real job. I worked at a couple […]

Michael Berglund: Dinosaur Digs, Fire Pits and the Surly Sandbox

An Artist Profile of the Man Behind the Labels By Jason Zabel Tell me something weird about yourself: I don’t know if it’s weird, but for the past 12 years I’ve been digging dinosaurs out West in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota. I’ve been able to dig up T. rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus—all the stars of the Discovery […]