Employing innovative rhythms and his signature blazing palate, JD Deardourff creates bold, graphic, bittersweet compositions that riff on traditional genres of landscape, still-life, and portraiture. His screenprints, murals, paintings, and collages draw their inspiration from the vocabulary of comic books: exaggeration, energy, movement, contour line, the interplay of sequential images, and, most importantly, artificial color. He combines these elements to form a world that is simultaneously optimistic and apocalyptic.
In 2012 Deardourff received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Karl Wirsum, Gladys Nilsson, and Albert Oehlen. He has exhibited in Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and his native Washington DC. In addition to his personal work, JD has collaborated with commercial clients including Apple, The MLB, DC Comics, Hilton, Sam Adams, Burton Snowboards, Framebridge, Cava, Sweetgreen, Taylor Gourmet, Honeygrow, Misfit Juicery.