Jeremy Fish - Photo of the artist - Image via goplaymagazine view 2011 2016

Jeremy Fish/ Jeremy Fish

United States 1974

Illustration

www.sillypinkbunnies.com

Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Fish
Male
United States
1974

Jeremy Fish is a San Francisco-based American illustrator who gained worldwide acclaim thanks to his incredible bold, anime-influenced imagery that adorns countless products and walls around the globe. His narrative artworks feature everything from gnomes to dogs as Fish is rather fond of using a vast range of characters in his work. Jeremy’s designs are applied to many different fields of various industries – skateboards, t-shirts, periodicals, sneakers, album covers, toys, etc. He also sketches designs for urban murals, massively contributing to the variety and the quality of the San Francisco street scene. Besides his designs, it should also be noted that Fish has collaborated on numerous high-profile graphic design projects that had him working with the likes of Nike and the hip-hop artist Aesop Rock.

In 2011, Bunny Artwork gallery opened up a store with a view on museums
Jeremy Fish – Passive Aggressive – Image via myproductme.com

San Francisco and Aesop Rock

Jeremy Fish was born in Albany, New York, during the year of 1974. He lived in upstate New York for twenty years after which he moved to San Francisco in 1994 in order to attend classes at an arts school. He received his BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. Fish decided to stay in The City by the Bay as the local arts scene appealed to him more than the one at New York[1]. From 2005, Jeremy collaborated with the rapper Aesop Rock as the two discovered they shared many creative grounds. About a year after they started working together on regular basis, Fish and Rock created a book entitled The Next Best Thing which also included a 7-inch picture disk. Later collaborations of this pair were the Aesop Rock’s fifth studio album None Shall Pass for which Jeremy designed the cover image and the 2009 release Ghosts of the Barbary Coast on Definitive Jux.

In 2016, search and contact options were added to all June museums
Jeremy Fish – North Beach Ship Mural – Image via brokeassstuart.com

A Balance Between Fine and Commercial Art

In 2008, DRAGO staged Rome-antic Delusions[2], an exhibition of Fish’s painted pieces, drawings and screen prints. This show was held in Rome and many of the displayed pieces were created in the capital of Italy. In many ways, the Rome-antic Delusions established Jeremy Fish as a genuine fine artist, proving that he was much more than a designer of album covers and sneakers. Since then, this artist was able to balance his work between fine artistic practices and commercial illustration. Three years after the DRAGO exhibition, the illustrator authored a sculpture and a mural at Haight Street and Laguna Street in San Francisco called Silly Pink Bunnies. Unfortunately, these were removed in the year of 2013 due to the city’s construction plans – a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was started and raised over $50,000 to erect a permanent bronze bunny at the same location in the future, so hopefully the Bunnies will be back where they belong in no time. During the late stages of 2014, Fish suffered a brain aneurysm that required surgery. He recovered successfully and was soon back designing, doing what he loves and does best. In 2015, Jeremy was officially named as the San Francisco City Hall’s first Artist-in-Residence.

The style of Jeremy Fish is recognizable due to the way this artist uses charming visuals, makes intriguing comments and statement, depicts diverse characters and engaging symbols

Jeremy Fish - Revenge of the Road Bear, 2010 - Image via thatcreativefeelingcom
Jeremy Fish – Revenge of the Road Bear – Image via thatcreativefeeling.com

The Characters and Symbols of Jeremy Fish

Among many who have attempted to define Fish’s work as precisely as possible by using a short statement, perhaps the aforementioned rapper Aesop Rock is the one who did it best: The bold, precise outlines give his ideas an immediate impact, but it’s the aftertaste that really cuts deep. Everything comes with a story. I have never known Jeremy to create something without a reason for it to exist and an accompanying tale. His pictures are built from the simplest ingredients, ingredients with which the everyman can identify. This, combined with the fact that Jeremy based his visual vocabulary on a modern and appealing style[3], is what makes Fish’s work so successful and sought after. His art is all about storytelling and communication, told through a rich library of wild characters and engaging symbols that never fail to intrigue the viewers regardless of where the design is applied.

Jeremy Fish lives and works in San Francisco, The United States.

References:

  1. Fish, J., Happily Ever After: The Artwork of Jeremy Fish, Upper Playground, 2014
  2. Fish, J., Rome-antic Delusions, Drago, 2008
  3. Fish, J., Rock, A., Once Upon a Time: Paintings, Drawings, and Tall Tales, Upper Playground, 2008

Featured image: Jeremy Fish – Photo of the artist – Image via goplaymagazine.com
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015From Cali, with LoveAntonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
2015Jeremy Fish: O Glorious CitySan Francisco Arts Commission Gallery - SFACG, San Francisco, CASolo
2014Jeremy Fish - Hunting TrophiesMark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2014Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz MagazineJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014Happily Ever After (Book Signing and Launch Exhibition)Mark Moore Gallery, Washington blvd, WashingtonGroup
2012Where Hearts Get LeftUpper Playground Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Juxtapoz Turns 18Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012For Dogs SakeCorey Helford’s main space, Culver CityGroup
2011Listen and LearnJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Rise of the UndergroundMark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Water McBeer Group ShowEver Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Art of SkateboardingINOPERAblE, ViennaGroup
2011OpenMark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2011 Square Enix – Deux Ex: Human RevolutionWooster St. Social Club, New York, NYGroup
2011MS Fundraiser for Tim StrazzaJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Absolut Blank ProjectLondon, UKGroup
2010The Road Less Travelled Mobile Art TourAustin, Denver, Cologne, Hamburg, Warsaw, Portland, & Seattle.Solo
2010Summer Group ExhibitonJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY Group
2010111 AT 111111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
201010th Anniversary Fecal Face group showThe Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Mountain To SurfHeliumcowboy, HamburgGroup
2010Playboy Redux: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Iconic Playboy BunnyThe Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PAGroup
2009Weathering The StormLaguna Art Museum, Laguna, CASolo
2009Nature StudiesFifty24MX Gallery, Mexico CitySolo
2009The AmbushFecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2009LovestainStolenSpace, London, UKDuo
2009Neighborhood SF111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Ghosts of the Barberry CoastFifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Seasons of ChangeJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008Locked and LoadedJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY Group
2007Rome-antic DelusionsUndercool exhibition space, Rome, ItalySolo
2007Sink or SwimWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007BestialIguapop Gallery, Barcelona SpainGroup
2006The Next Best ThingFIFTY24SF, San Francisco, CASolo
2006FolkloreSpace 1026, Philadelphia, PASolo
2006Low Tech High LifeThe Art Prostitute Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2006Little CreaturesLineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2006Wordless ExhibitionZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Wordless ExhibitionZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Modart Ispo ExhibitionMunich, GermanyGroup
2004Get In The Van mobile art tourVarious locations across the United StatesGroup
2004Beams ShowTokyo, JapanGroup