John Dyer Baizley
|John Dyer Baizley|
Live with Baroness at Maxwell's, 2008
|Born||Lexington, Virginia, United States|
|Origin||Savannah, Georgia, United States|
|Occupations||Musician, visual artist|
|Instruments||Electric guitar, vocals|
John Baizley is a painter and musician based in Savannah, Georgia. He is notable for his album cover art and t-shirts for artists including Kvelertak, Kylesa, Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Daughters, Skeletonwitch, Torche, Cursed, Black Tusk, Vitamin X, Flight of the Conchords, The Red Chord, Gillian Welch, Metallica, and his own band, Baroness, for which he is the singer and rhythm guitarist. Choosing to work mostly with fairly small bands rather than big name bands, his work is instantly recognizable in the heavy music scene.
Baizley's artwork is very intricate and detailed usually consisting of iconic imagery, warm colors, and esoteric elements. He repeatedly uses the female form in a very stylized way to tell a story within each work. "My goal is to find a narrative and theoretic balance without seeming either too overtly pretentious or too simple and comical" (John Dyer Baizley). His style is heavily influenced by the famous artist Alphonse Mucha.
In an interview for the April 2012 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, Baizley talks about his process and the different meanings behind his work. He also stresses his hate for self-promotion and until recently he only sold his artwork at Baroness shows to make the transaction much more personal and pure between him and the buyers. However, all of his artwork can now be found on his website aperfectmonster.com He remains engulfed in the art that he makes and states that there is no difference between his personal life and his professional life. "His deeply iconic and consistently superior work as a musician and artist, as well as dedication to fatherhood, have become synonymous, consuming every facet of his life" (Angelo Madrigale). In 2009, the first John Baizley solo show was established at a small art gallery in Pennsylvania.
Madrigale, Angelo. John Baizley. Juxtapoz n.135. April 2012.
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