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MITCH O'CONNELL (1961-) "Know Your Anger's Name." Album cover design for the single of the same title by the alternative rock group The Hedonists, released by Homestead Records, 1993. Pen, ink, and gouache on thin board. 480x700 mm; 19x27 1/2 inches, on 22 1/4x29-inch sheet. Signed "M. O'C" and dated 92 in upper right image. Tipped to board and archivally matted; framed.
Provenance: Bess Cutler Gallery; Private collection, New York.
Mitch O'Connell is recognized as a leader of the "Lowbrow" art movement. Incorporating Pop Art imagery, his work is inspired by comics, pin-ups, and kitsch, resulting in an aesthetic that is grounded in vintage, yet with a cool, contemporary edge. His work has been published in leading magazines and newspapers, such as Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. Advertising campaigns for major companies from McDonalds to Coca-Cola have featured his illustrations and he has designed album covers and posters for bands like The Ramones, Weezer, and No Doubt. His popular tattoo designs, which grace the walls of tattoo parlors and the skin of their clientele, have been compiled and published into two volumes.