Born in 1976, Eric Yahnker started his career path by studying Journalism at the University of Southern California. He then opted for a change in direction by going to CalArts to study Character Animation, for which he received a BFA in 2000. You may recognise his name from popular television shows such as South Park, MADtv, and Seinfield. In 2008, Yahnker moved on yet again, this time to art. But his degree in journalism dis not go to waste, as his style has a distinctive cultural and political edge that is filled with humorous satire. Although he works with a graphite pencils, some of his drawings are almost photographic, such as the tinned can in Fingering Crisco (2014).
Amongst my favourite pieces are:
Selected Reading (2011) - Michelangelo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reading The Agony of Ecstasy.
This year, Yahnker's series is called Sticks & Drones, and is on exhibit at Paradise Row until the 28th June. One of the most interesting aspects is the way the drawings are displayed; for example, Wrecking Ball (2014) depicts Barack Obama looking out the window, and it actually looks like there is a window on the wall of the gallery, and you are with the president, looking out with him.