First touched earth in Oklahoma, received misinformation and mis-education in Oregon, followed family roots from the NW throughout the mid-west, currently back on the left-coast in Los Angeles. From a family background in 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 drawn to Graffiti and it’s artistic interaction with the urban landscape. His work is defined by an acute sense of how to exploit space & composition in an organic fashion while maintaining a constructed approach utilizing mixed media. His subtle use of color intermixed with line work has been described as resembling “muscle stretched across bone” and “Malevolent Ivy” creating harmonious contrasts between graphic design and street art. Though he is better known in the world of ‘Street Art’ his work spans across fields, as he pulls from his childhood exposure to architecture, modern art, and interior design contrasted against his training in graphic design. Recent client work includes: NOKIA, The Sanrio Corporation (Hello Kitty), MGA Entertainment, Pepsi Street Motion, Fat Possum Records and DUB Magazine, as well as exhibitions in locations as diverse as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Montreal, London and Slovakia.
Cans have been emptied, brushes abused, markers overfilled, pencils broken, buff paint spilled, computer screens burned out, hard drives fried....... Still in hot pursuit of progression.