If there’s one thing I love, it’s the pulp nour look of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, fueled mainly for my love of cheesy sci-fi and gangster flicks, movie posters and pulp comics. And no one captures that fun yet trippy look better than Canadian born artist Ryan Heshka, even if he puts his own surreal spins on scenes that are already strangely surreal.
Indeed, his worlds are populated by femme-fatale sirens, spaceman heroes, giant carniverous plants, gargantuan creatures and mad scientists — all throwbacks to tawdry pop culture nostalgia. Due to theses connection to past references, his scenes are both strange and strangely familiar. They transport us to a world of distortion and imagination, much like the comic books and cheesy movies that are his obvious influences. Despite the mayhem and adventure of most of his work, some scenes actually show a yearning for escapes to bucolic, Nirvana-like worlds of pleasure and harmony, as is evidenced in “Afterlife” and “Rapture.”
Born In Manitoba, Canada and raised in Winnipeg, Heshka began drawing at a young age, influenced by pulp comics and magazines, natural history and music, movies and animation. Amazingly, he is a self-taught artist formally trained in interior design. Ryan Heshka currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
So, ladies and gentlemen, grab your ray gun and X-Ray specs, and prepare to be astounded by the pop culture art of Ryan Heshka.