Drooker, crebbe a Manhattan, a Stuyvesant Town, relativamente vicino al Lower East Side, che era allora un quartiere operaio di immigrati con una tradizione di sinistra nonché di attivismo politico. Drooker sviluppò un precoce interesse per le arti grafiche e i cartoni animati, in particolare i romanzi a xilografia di Frans Masereel e Lynd Ward e il fumetto underground di Robert Crumb.
Dopo aver studiato scultura alla Cooper Union, Drooker si indirizzò verso l'arte dei poster, la creazione di volantini su questioni politiche locali, mentre lavorava come coordinatore degli inquilini. Le sue immagini, fatte in un sorprendente bianco e nero che ricorda lo stile di Masereel e di altri illustratori espressionisti degli anni '30, sono state ampiamente copiate e riutilizzate da altri, a volte per fini estranei, come la pubblicizzazione di concerti, e furono popolari al punto tale che avrebbero potuto garantirgli quantomeno un piccolo reddito qualora le avesse vendute per strada. Durante gli anni '80, il pensiero di Drooker è stato ulteriormente radicalizzato dalla sua esperienza con la polizia, a causa delle azioni contro gli occupanti nell'area in rapida "gentrification" di Tompkins Square Park e della intolleranza crescente nei confronti degli artisti di strada e dei musicisti senza licenza.
La sua pittura "Native New York", ispirato Lawrence Ferlinghetti 's Poem # 7 dal suo libro "A Far Rockaway del Cuore (" Con il ponte di Brooklyn un elefante sta sotto la Elevated in pittura Eric Drooker nella rivista Nation nel suo tema sulla aziendalizzazione della World ...").
Eric Drooker is an American painter, graphic novelist, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. He conceived and designed the animation for the film Howl (2010).
Drooker grew up in Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town, adjacent to the Lower East Side, which was then a working-class immigrant neighborhood with a tradition of left-wing political activism. He attended the Downtown Community School in Manhattan's East Village. Drooker developed an early interest in graphic arts and cartoons, particularly the woodcut novels of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward and the underground comics of Robert Crumb.
After studying sculpture at Cooper Union, Drooker turned to poster art, creating flyers on local political issues while working as a tenant organizer. His images, done in a striking black-and-white style reminiscent of Masereel and other 1930s expressionist illustrators, were widely copied and reused by others—sometimes for unrelated purposes such as advertising concerts—and were popular enough that he could make a small income selling artwork on the street. During the 1980s, Drooker was further radicalized by his experiences with the police, due to their actions against squatters in the rapidly gentrifying Tompkins Square Park area and their increasing intolerance of unlicensed street artists and musicians.
His first published work appeared in leftist magazines such as the The Nation, The Progressive, and various underground publications such as Screw. His work would later be seen in such mainstream publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal; and his paintings would appear on dozens of covers of The New Yorker. When World War 3 Illustrated was founded by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, who shared Drooker's political beliefs and graphic approach, Drooker became one of the magazine's co-editors and frequent contributors. Eventually he began to sell illustrations to more mainstream publications, and became more widely known as a cartoonist when his short story "L" appeared in Heavy Metal. "L", along with two other stories, made up his first graphic novel, Flood! A Novel in Pictures—a wordless, dream-like narrative of powerless citizens' struggles with authority in a rapidly deteriorating New York City—which won an American Book Award.
In the 1990s, Drooker broadened his scope from graphic arts to painting, creating several covers for The New Yorker and a book of illustrations of Allen Ginsberg's poetry, Illuminated Poems. His third book, Street Posters & Ballads, is a compilation of graphics, poems and songs about the Lower East Side. Portions of his Flood! artwork were used for the album covers for the bands Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine.
He designed the animation for the 2010 film, Howl, a movie based on the epic poem by Allen Ginsberg, who collaborated with Drooker on the book Illuminated Poems. His best-selling book, Howl: A Graphic Novel visualizes the poem with animation art Drooker designed for the film.
In 2006, the Library of Congress acquired the original art for Flood! A Novel in Pictures, including preliminary drawings, sketches and cover paintings. The complete Flood! Archive is housed in the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which is open to the public.
Joan of Arc
Self Portrait on 9/11
The Lion For Real
When Melody Gomez visited the studio last month, she sang a number of her songs a cappella.
Eric Drooker (New York, 1958)
Aden dropped by the studio, and before she said a word, I drew this portrait.
Autumn in New York