Van Arno was born in Chattanooga, TN and grew up in St. Louis, MO where he attended a Christian Science school from K-12. While attending Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, he supported himself by working as a bouncer at “Club Lingerie.” By the early ’90s, his illustration resume included storyboarding for “Robotech,” deck designs for “Powell Peralta,” and box art for “Bandai Games,” but he found a niche in the music industry where his illustration and design credits are too numerous to mention.

Shifting his focus to fine art, he began to create heroic figurative works featuring religious, folk, pop culture, and mythical heroes. His “Olive Oyl” series captured much attention as he documented her life as a waterfront floozy. Van’s work has since been shown nationally in Los Angeles, Seattle, Santa Fe, Nashville and New York. Museum shows include the “Juxtapoz” exhibit “Land of Retinal Delights” in 2008 at the Laguna Museum of Art and in 2010 and 2011 at the Riverside Art Museum. International representation includes solo shows at “Feinkunst Kruger” in Hamburg, Germany in 2004 and “Yves Laroche Galerie D’art” in Montreal, Canada in 2007.

Van has been featured in Art News, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Hi Fructose, as well as several compilation books and “Volume,” a book of his collected works from 2000-2008. Collectors of his work include Patricia Arquette, Perry Farrell, Mark Parker, Morgan Spurlock and Lydia Hearst.

Currently preparing his second published volume, Van is creating on an increasingly larger scale as he pushes the human figure into more extremes of posture, design and color.

“I attempt to paint the Archetypical Moment of clarity and passion. But, above all else, imagery must be made exciting and alive. The rules of lighting, anatomy, gravity and physics must be bent or broken to make the picture LOUD. That is the ultimate goal of my work.”

Artist Website: http://www.vanarno.com/

Current and Previous Works by Van Arno

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  • “Buzz”

    (2017)
    $2,400
    Available
    Oil on canvas
    18" × 18"
    46 × 46 cm

    Show:

    • Upright (Main Room)
  • “Feet of the Virgin”

    (2017)
    $1,900
    Available
    Oil on wood panel
    18" × 18"
    46 × 46 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / DTW : Detroit Hustle II
  • “Medea’s Idea”

    (2016)
    $6,500
    Available
    Oil on canvas
    Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Upright (Main Room)
  • “Night Nurse”

    (2017)
    $6,500
    Available
    Oil on canvas
    Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Upright (Main Room)
  • “Smoking Ixchel”

    (2017)
    $6,500
    Available
    Oil on canvas
    Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Upright (Main Room)
  • “The Floor Is Lava”

    (2016)
    $6,500
    Available
    Oil on canvas
    Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Upright (Main Room)