Ric Stultz is a graphic artist of some considerable skill, depicting scenes of haunting resonance, political symbolism, and absurd humour in a truly unique and deeply personal style. Stulz’ rocket-powered turtles, Nintendo-playing penguins, and mosaic dinosaurs all form a highly recognisable natural order. It’s almost as if the artist’s creations have been in our popular consciousness for some time. In the artist’s work, sudden flashes of ordered color disrupt the formation of a graphic identity, allowing his animal characters the potential for transformation within the frame. His work demonstrates an influence of stained glass, hobby-craft imagery, and the recent revolution of darkly comic graphic art.
Counting his inspirations as Adult Swim cartoons, Metalocalypse, and Squid Billies, and listening to original reggae and jazz on vinyl while he works, Stultz is a man of his age. Abstract, surreal, and constantly mutating, the animal forms presented in this stunning set of prints are caught between human pursuits such as wealth, the concept of home, birthdays, video games, war, and art itself – always attempting to retain their own distinct natural inclinations. Human figures appear rarely in Stultz’s work, almost as if the human condition is better expressed through animal stand-ins. His work manages to express adolescent humor with deeply resonant images, and reflects a heightened sensibility for how graphic art operates in contemporary societies. iCanvas are thrilled to present this unique collection of work from an artist we’re sure will soon be able to flex his creative muscles in an even-more pubic sphere.