While American artist Julian Van Dyke may have found a love for painting in childhood, drawing the cartoon images he saw on the television screen and creating pen and ink works inspired by Marvel and DC comics, his adult styling has been influenced by Picasso Miro, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keefe, Kandinsky, Warhol, and Romare Bearden. From smooth jazz to soulful women to African Spiritual subjects, Van Dyke’s art reflects family, culture, humanity, and a sense of reality through bold imagery and whimsically colorful works. “I think my art stands out because of my use of color and how I try to position color to the subject matter within my paintings,” says the artist.
Van Dyke’s imprint in the art world has extended to communities where cities have commissioned him to create outdoor murals. He has also brought his talents into schools, teaching and speaking to students about his creative process, “The ever eroding art curriculum in public schools presents a challenge, but as artists if we have inspired just one, our work has not been in vain. The glorification I get from them makes it all the worthwhile.” Van Dyke has also written and illustrated children’s books, inspiring a new generation.