Gabriel Alcala seems to be one of those magically-minded creatives who glide across multiple disciplines and mediums with envy-inducing ease. Some may recognise him as the successful freelance illustrator and designer who has been commissioned by the likes of Apple, The New York Times and MTV for his striking and often humorous images. Others might also know Gabriel as the front man and guitarist from the Miami freak-rock band Jacuzzi Boys.
Describing himself as a mix between a photographer and observational comic artist, Gabriel has an awesome knack for drawing unlikely and unexpected relationships between objects and situations. He’s inspired by relatively normal, even mundane, everyday happenings and jazzes them up by fusing them with wacky elements. Kind of like if two peoples’ daydreams were to short circuit and combine at random intervals.
Using vibrant colours and heavy, thick lines, his work conjures up images of retro comics and old cartoons, albeit with a slightly mind-bending twist. Picture the grim reaper taking some time to read on the loo, a flamingo playing guitar, a little ghost trapped in a jar or, if you want to get a little deeper, life advice and musings on how to be more mindful dished out from a hovering rainbow amorphous blob. For Gabriel, it’s all about fun. He likes to let the odd combinations and funny observations drive the drawings, allowing a narrative to inevitably form in the aftermath.
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