The Hidden Dimension
Brimming with delicate, surreal imagery, Arik Roper’s The Hidden Dimension examines alternate states of being that exist within and beyond everyday awareness. These realms unfold as everyday consciousness is interrupted through dreams or other capacities. Exploring these transcendent elements, Roper’s paintings and drawings feature epic landscapes of the mind, natural artifacts from the past and future and other cerebral peculiarities.
Based in New York City, Arik Moonhawk Roper is an illustrator, painter and graphic designer. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1995 specializing in illustration and silkscreening. He has since evolved a creative and personal style while contributing to the world of music-related visual art and packaging. Roper has developed a name creating record covers and music merchandise for a variety of bands including cult favorites Earth, Sunno))), Sleep, Howlin Rain, and High on Fire, and more mainstream acts like The Black Crowes. He is also a contributing artist to the well-regarded Arthur Magazine. His work encompasses diverse fields of design while maintaining a distinct style, ranging from black-and-white illustration, meticulous
lettering and logo design to rich abstract landscapes. His imagery springs forth from the depths of a fertile imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments. With an interest in mythology, consciousness, psychology, religion and other timeless subjects, Roper mixes the light and the dark within his art to reveal imagery which is at once strangely unique, distantly familiar and always soaked with an earnestly fantastic aesthetic. His latest book project, Mushroom Magick (Abrams, 2009), is a vividly surreal collection of exotic fungal species from around the world.
*as seen on Arthur Magazine’s website.