Pat Perry’s Surreal Exploration of Alaska

“The following images and artwork were created while working with the National Parks Service on a residency in Katmai National Park in Alaska.” So begins Pat Perry’s impressive multimedia series Alaska, an arrestingly beautiful yet quietly introspective work from the frequently traveling Michigan based artist and illustrator. His work is one which seems like it could only be created in the far northern reaches of the world, and surrounded by wilderness.

Perry captures the land through Moleskine based sketches of wild grizzly’s catching fish, stunning photographs of weather hardened locals, and surreal watercolors which seem to magically bind the whole project together. These last images weave together many layers of northern imagery, often featuring an etherial central figure composed of the terrain which surrounds them.


Perry’s work does much to remind us of the often under-rated (or at least under-acted-upon) importance of travel for finding inspiration in the creative world. He is certainly harnessing that power, having created work for companies like K2, Reef, Chrome Messenger Bags and Urban Outfitters.

To truly appreciate the beautiful layout of this project, you must see the journal-like layout on Pat Perry’s personal site.


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