Joe Tallarico is Chicago based artist who knows what he’s talking about. An avid fan and alternative comic scholar, Tallarico has written about the subject for the Art Institute of Chicago and is the Comics Editor for Lumpen Magazine- as well an active member of Chicago’s Trubble Club. With all that under his belt he still manages to produce amazing artworks reminiscent of The Hairy Who’s Karl Wirsam and underground comics legend R. Crumb.
The figures in Tallarico’s pieces are thoroughly considered and his drawing ability is unparalleled. His approach is that of an old master mixed with 60’s/70’s psychedelia and the constant bombardment of today’s mass media. Stark contrast mixes with pops of color, lines vibrate and act as movement, and the abstraction of the form is inherent. Welcomingly absent in Tallarico’s pieces are pop references and the ‘cute’, but look close enough and you’ll find well placed tongue in cheek humor.