Cannon Dill

Cannon Dill

United States 1992

Illustration, Murals

Cannon Dill
Cannon Dill
United States
November 18, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Cannon Dill is an American artist, best known for his murals done in a distinctive style – a pen and ink drawing with common themes such as spirit animals like wolves and coyotes.

Dill went to California College of the Arts to study printmaking, but – as he said himself – his career actually began the moment he started ditching classes. Cannon got involved and started regularly participating in the Occupy movement.

Impermanent Knot piece for Hashimoto Contemporary

Cannon Dill - Impermanent Knot, 2015
Cannon Dill – Impermanent Knot, 2015

The posters Dill created in the name of this movement, titled Save your future and Fuck the police, had more than 10,000 distribution in Oakland only and many, many more- almost countless number printed from Occupy web page

Cannon started to draw very early – he had an obsession over folk-tales and nature, and that fascination is still present in his work.

“The environmental undertones that are present in my work are just reflections of what I hope to see in the future.”

Works 2015

Cannon Dill - Blues Jumped the Rabbit, 2015 and Hours later it’s still the same, 2015
Cannon Dill – Blues Jumped the Rabbit, 2015 and Hours later it’s still the same, 2015

Dill generally sticks to large-scale work in black-and-white palette which are in fact a sort of recreation of his highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. Dill’s sketching is reduced to the minimum as he is more inspired when working in the moment. Working on murals allows this artist to interact with the city, people and weather as well, creating on the spot some specific elements for that artwork.

Works 2014

Cannon Dill - Swelling Stare, 2014 and Helping Hand, 2014
Cannon Dill – Swelling Stare, 2014 and Helping Hand, 2014

Cannon Dill’s work is mostly monochromatic. He is partially colorblind and in the past he had some attempts to work with colors – but he would always come back to black and white as he felt safe and comfortable working with it – it’s easier for him to concentrate and helps him focus on texture.

Dill’s work is recognizable as his illustrative and public mural work can be found all throughout the States – Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago, Albuquerque, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, Atlanta, and Little Rock. He collaborated with names such as Hi-Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Oakland Art Enthusiast, The East Bay Express…

Cannon Dill currently lives in Oakland, California.

All images courtesy of Athen B. Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015In My Own TimeSpoke Art gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2015The Moleskine Project IVHashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014White Forest NoiseLeQuiVive Gallery, Oakland, CADuo
2013Heavy WaterLeQuiVive Gallery, Oakland, CASolo