Today we’d like to introduce you to John “MDMN” Moody.
John “MDMN”, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Escondido, California in 1987, the year of Lethal Weapon and Wang Chung’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”. The radical late 80s-early 90s sound and style order of the day was the brighter, the busier, the better. Shoulder pads, glitched out VHS’s, and Jack Kirby filled my days. Thus beginning my love affair with flashy colors and design. My coloring books quickly turned into my own exclusive Crayola exhibition of what would later become my characters.
After relocating to Gilbert, Arizona at 8 years old, the desert atmosphere put my wild imagination into even greater Technicolor perspective. My parents, talented craftsmen themselves, pushed me even further as I pursued my graphic design and animation degree from Mesa College.
Moving to Los Angeles, California at 23 was just the catapult into the urban scene I had greatly needed. Surrounded by graffiti, street art, and the bustling heartbeat of Los Angeles streets, I immersed myself into the contemporary world and learned as much I could about a medium of art that I never knew I always needed.
The name Madman, now MDMN, originates back to my wild teenage years and fierce attitude. It was a simple moniker to use on my Hollywood alleyway and rooftop escapades. Starting with graphic designed posters, quickly turned into rigorous stencil work, which in turn graduated into aerosol. Once acclimated with a spray can, I rapidly escalated to large mural work. Continuing my passion for retro designs, my spiral notebook doodles matured and came to life on any surface allowed to me. From San Diego to Miami, large scale designs can be located on alleyways, hotels, and anywhere in between.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Today I utilize multiple mediums and surfaces including acrylics, inks, and aerosol combined with paper, wood, canvas, and any type of outdoor texture. Along with retro toys, digital prints, accessories, and clothing, the MDMN brand continues to evolve into more than an art career but a lifestyle to share for future generations to be a part of. I focus on continuing my creative energy and boundless imaginative world of color to communities nationwide.
If nothing else I want to bring viewers back to their youth, where all we did was create, imagine, and explore curiosities. By celebrating inner strength and utilizing contrasting, vivid color theory, I bring a peripheral view of work that rockets towards you off of a flat surface. You can displace imagination and dreams through years of disjointed paths, but through my work I can hope you at least lose yourself for a moment in a beaming fantasy world of luminescence and adventure.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The highs are really high and the lows are especially low. But you just have to keep pushing. And always make sure that the squad you have around you are the best people to have in your life. It really is the most important to keep your family close because they will always reassure you, keep you grounded, and keep the honesty 100%.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Locally I have the “Battery Life” mural on Fast Signs on Central, a portion of a group mural behind Carly’s Bistro on Roosevelt called “Hey”, and most recently “Victory” mural on Victory Electronics off the I-17 for the PHX Mural Festival.
I have two exhibitions on view currently as well. One in Los Angeles, in collaboration with an awesome artist Brandon Sopinsky and an LA streetwear brand EWKUKS that also has a gallery. The show is vision of two worlds colliding, and out of the colorful chaos a more powerful future is born. Each is a piece is neatly painted on fine art paper and framed. We also released clothing with Ewkuks!
The newest collection “NOMAD” I’ve just released is a brand new look into my world at 9 The Gallery on Grand Ave. The curators Sean and Carrie Beth really embraced my visions for NOMAD. The series brings the weight and grit of outside structures into a gallery-ready experience, resulting in an incredibly rare balance between raw building materials and disciplined color theory. I have rotating bricks on custom-built steel stands, handmade and painted framed concrete pieces and more. We are also releasing a limited print with the gallery!
- Address: Gallery Sites
- Website: MDMN.bigcartel.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @madmanart
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/madmanart