“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels”
Love and Folly
My work has been shaped by both a love of intuitive drawing and a never ceasing amazement at the folly of modern political and social constructs. As I have come from the loony bin that is America, I have a keen awareness of how progress is measured in mini mansions, large gas guzzling cars, plastic surgery, religious awakening, and all manner of institutionalized corruption, also known as crony capitalism. I believe a good drawing is the manifestation of a deeply felt opinion. The America I left behind the second time to join the illustration department at Portsmouth (UK) is as crazy as ever.
In the wake of wars of choice, religious intolerance, racism, torture, and the economic swindle, (to name a few) I still believe in the innate power of drawing to elucidate a kind of rage that is unique in modern media. Instead of embracing political correctness or “balance”, drawing is a celebration of declarative fact. It is true because I have drawn it.
Seduction and Synthesis
My illustrations have garnered praise from art directors for their “powerful and seductive draftsmanship,” and for the “synthesis of complex themes into imagery.” I have worked across the illustrative spectrum in editorial, book, exhibitions and animation. I have taught at Parsons School of Design , SUNY Purchase, College of New Rochelle, Westchester Community College, and now at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.
I have a graphic novel with Terry Richard Bazes called Lizard World, which will be published in the autumn of 2016. I have a book called Life’s Too Short For Nuance that is jam packed with etchings and drawings about America.
Thank you for taking a look. I would love to hear from you.
Louis Netter Illustration
UK Cell: 07593058494