DILLON SAMUELSON

Artist Statement

"My work is an exploration of human experience and emotion through the storytelling and outward manifestation of that which is often kept internal. I am interested in expressing emotional content as well as ideas of isolation, manhood and the romanticization of violence in our culture.

These themes appear in my artwork through figurative representation exploring the inner workings of man by displaying it outwardly. The imagery is often distorted and symbolic rather than that of strict realism or visual likeness, using loose marks and obscurity to express a sense of the psyche. Most of the work is self-portraiture or personal friends in order to give an intimate look into the individual's perceived experience, as well as share my own self-examination and search for self-knowledge."

Award Winning Illustrator: Dillon is recipient of the 2015 Readers Favorite Illustration Award for his work in Olga, young adult fiction by Ted Kelsey, also a Readers Favorite award winner. Illustration entries are judged by Mark Wayne Adams, a multiple award winning illustrator who has worked as an artist for Disney and Sea World.