Ferris Plock - Portrait of the artist

Ferris Plock

United States 1974

Illustration, Painting


Ferris Plock
Ferris Plock
United States
March 18, 2014
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Ferris Plock is a San Francisco based artist that is known for his cartoonish characters inspired by Japanese culture and tradition, pop and contemporary culture, and comic books. He is widely known for his artistic collaboration with his wife Kelly Tunstall, with whom he works and exhibits under the moniker KeFe. They are both immersed in their creative and personal constant communication that result in playful and colorful large-scale paintings, featuring different styles and characters that harmoniously fit with each other.

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Ferris Plock – Artwork (Left) / Artwork (Right)

A Mash of Cultures for Plock’s Alive Characters

Ferris is born in 1974 and since childhood has been fascinated with children’s and comic books – the stories and fantastic characters entangled in his imagination as a perfect medium for both funny and versatile art he creates today. He refers to himself as a character painter, expressing himself always through these anthropomorphic creatures and monsters on simply stained backgrounds in garments with intricate patterns. Plock enjoys the most in reflecting about his characters, thinking about them as alive persons and creating stories around them, immersing in the unpredictability of painting them, giving them the freedom to spontaneously develop.The painting style and the composition are highly influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, but his work is a space for merging different cultures and identities – a mash of ancient and contemporary, foreign and domestic, skating, hip hop, Japanese ukiyo-e art. Flock manages to catch the similarities of specific codes that they all incorporate and deliver them through playful images full of humor.

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Ferris Plock – Artwork (Left) – Image via Pinterest / Feed the beast (Right)- Image via tinyshowcase

Collaboration With his Wife in the KeFe Project

Collaboration with his wife Kelly Tunstall has been a crucial aspect of Plock’s career. Not only that they learned a lot from each other and have constantly been influencing each other, but the notion of sharing the materials, space where they work, even the paper on which they draw at the same time defines their art. As Plock said, creating art with someone made him become someone else and helped him grow personally and artistically. Since they both work in characters and share the autobiographical approach, they try to create happy characters with great relationships and awesome outfits that have fun together. Collaboration between them regarding the painting is a part of their everyday conversations and sharing’s, a never-ending passionate and nerdy conversation in which someone always brings something up and they both fully enjoy. They use a variety of materials in their work, from acrylic, watercolor, sprays, collage, paint, gold or silver leaf, and India ink.

Ferris Plock loves creating characters like Hip Hop samurai

Ferris Plock - Artworks
Ferris Plock – Artworks – Images via thefoxisblack

Intense Creativity Recognized

Ferris Plock is an paintor with creative tenacity and unique intensity of his work – one can sense that he really finds pleasure in what he does and manages to influence people with his cartoonish stories. He has exhibited across the America and internationally in many art gallery and museum shows, both alone and with his wife. One of the latest exhibitions is named Closer and is at a show at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco during April 2017.

Ferris Plock lives and works in San Francisco.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Closer Spoke Art , San FranciscoGroup
2017Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock : "The Space Between" de Young Museum Residency Program Group
2016Ferris PlockAthen B. Winter Group
2016Wish You Were Here by Day Dreamers LimitedSolo
2016KEFE : Aquatics Artists Republic ,Laguna Beach Group
2016FOOD FACES Rare Device,Day Dreamers LimitedSolo
2016 You Are What You Eat See You Soon, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2016Ferris Plock LA Art Show ,Daniel Rolnik GallerySolo
2016KEFE: Holding Pattern 111 Minna GalleryGroup
2015Kelly Tunstall + Ferris Plock: Inside Voices |FFDG ,SF Group
2015 A Fake History of the World Daniel Rolnik Gallery Solo
2015The Personal Pizza Party One Grand Gallery, Portland, OregonSolo
2014Samurai! Worcester Museum of ArtSolo
2014Floating World Part TwoAntler Gallery PortlandGroup
2014Floating World: Part OneShooting Gallery SFGroup
2014RevolverHELLION GALLERY, PortlandGroup
2013UnrestShooting Gallery, SFSolo
2013SCOPE Art FairWhite Walls, MiamiGroup
2013Art Basel Miami Shooting gallery, MiamiGroup
2013LoadingFecal Face Dot Gallery, SFGroup
2013The GuardiansShooting Gallery SFGroup
2012Carry OnShooting Gallery, SFSolo
2012Edible Complex ShowFecal Face Dot Gallery, SFGroup
2012Scope NYC Shooting Gallery, NYGroup
2012Oceanic Awareness Collaboration Art Auction Shooting Gallery, SFGroup
2011Just for One DayShooting Gallery SFSolo
2011In The Moment: Benefit Art Sale & AuctionThe Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011In The Moment: ArtistsThe Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Just for One DayShooting Gallery, SFSolo
2011Artist in ResidenceRecology, SFGroup
2010Rest for the WickedShooting Gallery SFSolo
2010Winter Group ShowWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
201010th Anniversary Fecal FaceThe Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Rest for the WickedShooting Gallery, SFSolo
2010Fare Thee Well Giant Robot 2 Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2009Sea of Love111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Sea of Love111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Trace elementsSan Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SFGroup
2008ReconstructionLimited Addiction GalleryGroup
2008Kings + QueensStussy Showroom, SFGroup
2008Circus!111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007SubterraneaFuse Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007SubterraneaFuse Gallery, NYCGroup
2007Saints + Sinners111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup