Alex Perez: El Butcher

Released Tuesday, January 10, 2012

El Butcher, by Alex Perez.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Farm Sanctuary.

Alex Perez is a self-admitted awkward individual. He currently resides and works as a graphic designer in Madison, Wisconsin. With a passion for illustration and custom typography, Alex creates mischievously playful designs that contain elements from his surroundings. His work pulls influences from friends and family, type specimens, as well as vintage ephemera.

When he’s not fixated on design, he’s typically enjoying a tasty beer from a local brewery, a healthy amount of BBQ, or listening to ABBA. As a relative new comer to the design community, he looks to establish himself as a multifaceted designer that brings fanatical energy and unexpected solutions to his work.

About the print:
The El Butcher piece resulted from observing the humorous infatuation people around me have for most meats - an infatuation that I’m just as guilty of. I felt compelled to create something that had a hint of humor for folks that embrace their love for a good old plate of bacon.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
Like many, I find myself looking at old Scandinavian folk art. The minimalistic approach and the sense of balance that many artists have is very appealing to me. It’s something that I aspire to in my own work.

Why did you choose to pair 826 National with your print?
I chose the charity Farm Sanctuary. The treatment and living conditions of animals is something that should always be considered when consuming meats.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I enjoy seeing people coming together to do collaborative projects. These projects tend to deliver a more influential message through art and design, having a wider impact on the public. It results in being more aware of what we surround ourselves with. I think that’s pretty cool.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I love the work of 1950’s illustrators and cartoonists; the simplicity and careful execution of the work created by people like Cliff Roberts or Ed Benedict is something I aspire to in my own work. I like the idea of learning from artists of that era.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Cory Loven, Lesley Barnes, Tuesday Bassen, Zara Picken, and Sol Linero.

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