We at SlamxHype will be presenting a new Sunday series of Top Stories that will introduce someone or something we are currently into, be it a fashion label, designer, store, design team, or in this case, an artist. There are so many people and entities in general doing great things, so we thought of this new feature to help shed some light on some of these fantastic talents. The first edition of our “Introducing” series features an artist by the name of Jeff McMillan. I met Jeff a while back in Los Angeles at the L.A. launch event for Converse’s 1HUND(RED) series. and we kept in touch ever since as I was genuinely interested in staying posted on his art career. When we decided to do this new weekly feature, Jeff immediately came to mind, so here is the first installment of “Introducing” series.
Jeff McMillan was born in October of 1977 in San Jose, CA where he spent a good portion of his life, and it was during the first few years of Jeff’s existence that he started trying his hand at art at the really, really young age of 3. As he continued to make use of the right side of his brain, it eventually became time for McMillan to begin the final stages of schooling. He attended the prestigious Academy of Art in San Francisco from 1999 to 2001 until he made the big move to Southern California, where he continued his schooling at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA from 2001 to 2004. He studied illustration at both schools until he graduated from Art Center with honors.
I had a chance to ask Jeff a few questions regarding his influences and McMillan says they lie heavily in 80’s pop culture. The artist proclaims that the decade boasted the best television programming, cartoons, toys, and movies, and I must say that I whole-heartedly agree with this sentiment. He also states that it was a decade of imagination and creativity during a time when the world was changing so drastically on all levels. In addition to being influenced by the aforementioned elements, Disney animation, his parents, and artists such as Phil Hale, Eric White, the Clayton Brothers, Robert Williams, and Todd Schorr have all played a big role in influencing him.
McMillan’s career is blossoming very nicely to say the least and that evidence can be found in his participation in some really impressive group shows and his first solo show that took place in New York back in 2007 at the Fuse Gallery. Group shows at the Corey Helford Gallery, numerous shows at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, plus dozens more really opened a lot of eyes to this emerging talent, and by the time you read this, McMillan would have made his Southern California solo debut at SURU in Los Angeles last night in a show presented by RVCA and SURU titled, “A Maintenance of Inhabitants (For Now).” I was on hand to check out the show, so here are some images of what went down last night.
Well, that concludes our first “Introducing…” installment and we are excited to be able to present this to you on a weekly basis. If you have any suggestions for people or labels that you would like to see covered, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your ideas. Thank you for reading, and we will see you soon.