Lil Kool is a New York-based illustrator who builds unique worlds with his pencils, and rustles up some serious eccentric 90’s kid nostalgia in the process. Combining clean, black lines and chunky shapes with flattened, visceral colours, dropping into Lil Kool’s universe is kind of how we’d imagine our favourite childhood cartoon characters on LSD. His wacky aesthetic sensibility turns drab suburbia scenes into hallucinogenic neighbourhoods, classically lurid 80’s interiors into super satisfying, flat pastel vignettes and innocent protagonists from 90’s cartoons into the creepiest of foes.
Lil Kool (probably the best pseudonym ever and the only name we could find to call him by!) manages to transcend each medium his style inhabits. Skipping across the realms of painting, illustration, murals and fashion collaborations, his panelled comics of chunky colours, warped shapes and anthropomorphic objects stay strong.
His combinations of super bright primary colours with a softer, more Miami-pastel palette take us back to the days of light-up sneakers, tamagotchis and rollerblades. Inspired by web culture, Pop Art, politics and his life in Brooklyn, we also see glimpses of classic painters like Roy Lichtenstein, the psychedelic prowess of Heinz Edelmann, and even cameos from the likes of Pink Panther and Doraemon in the cartoon department!
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