First touched earth in Stillwater, OK., recieved misinformation and miseducation in Portland Or., followed family roots from the NW all throughout the mid-west. Landing currently back on the left-coast in Los Angeles.
From a family background in Architecture and Interior Design Codak developed a fascination with "line", its quality, ambiguity and emotion. Associated with early experiences doodling his favorite comic book characters, falling off his skateboard and riding the bus, he would find himself caught by the Graffiti bug. Noticing first the Random Symbols of "Zely" a graffiti writer active in the mid-late 80's in his native Portland. Followed shortly by exposure to "Spray Can Art" and a group or writers from LA who set him on the path that got him where he is today.
Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space & composition in an organic fashion, all the while maintaining a constructed approach with a mixed media base. Although highly adept and respected in the world of “Street Art”, the works spread the field, pulling from his childhood exposure to the world of modern art/architecture and in more recent years his pursuits as a graphic designer and illustrator. Viewers from all sides of the visual spectrum can find something to relate too. The subtle use of color intermixed with what has been described as line work that resembles “Muscle stretched across bone”. To his more highly illustrative clashes with graphic design and street art. Within the last several years as the artist is in constant progression, the need to incorporate these different influences into a cohesive whole is becoming more apparent.
The Artist’s resume continues to expand as he has worked with clients like NOKIA, The Sanrio Corporation (Hello Kitty), MGAEntertainment, Pepsi Street Motion, Fat Possum Records and DUB Magazine. As well showing his work all over the world from Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, Montreal to London and Slovakia.
Cans have been emptied, Paint brushes have been abused, Markers overfilled, pencils broken, Buff paint spilled, Computer screens burned out, hard drives fried....... Still in hot pursuit of progression.