Illustrator and designer Arik Roper has forged a career spanning both the esoteric underground and mainstream commercial markets, striking boldly through with a recognizable style and character. He is best known creating record covers and music merchandise for a wide variety of bands including Earth, Sunn O))), Sleep, Howlin' Rain, Mastodon, Astra, Grand Magus, High on Fire, and The Black Crowes, just to name a few. He was a contributing artist and writer to the highly regarded and cutting-edge music and culture mag Arthur and has appeared in the pages of Vice, Revolver, Apology, Juxtapose, Guitar World, Prog Rock and others. In 2009 Abrams published his illustrated book on mushroom titles Mushroom Magick. This volume was an artistic interpretation of the varieties of known psychoactive mushrooms of the world.
Not resigned to one field or genre, he works in fine graphic illustration, watercolor, sequential art, screenprint design, and animation. Roper's work encompasses a diverse field of design and distinct style, ranging from black and white illustration, to meticulous lettering and logo design, to rich abstract psychedelic color and landscapes that often seem to exist in their own universe. The imagery springs from the depths of a fertile imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments. With an interest in mythology, consciousness, psychology, religion, music, and other timeless subjects, Roper mixes the light and the dark within his art to reveal imagery which is at once strangely unique, distantly familiar and always soaked with an earnestly fantastic aesthetic.