Jesse Draxler’s Harrowing Mixed-Media Portraits

by Andy SmithPosted on

The practice of Jesse Draxler, who recently illustrated the cover of the new Daughters album, combines painting and photographic collage. Working primarily in grayscale, both the artist’s illustrative and fine art work are packed with harrowing portraits. The artist has also crafted work for the bands Vowws and Deafheaven.

“… Draxler speaks to shaded worlds of confusion — exploring the nameless grey areas that exist between uncertainty and absurdity, fear and surrender,” a recent statement says. “Within this space, obscuring overlays and allusive markings source their strength from darkness, and offer both voids and questions — making the false real, and the real unbelievable with a subtle sense of violence and vulnerability.”

See more of his work below.

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