Art and music have been inextricably intertwined since the year dot, and so it is the case in the life of Jack Vanzet. Based in Melbourne, he is both musically minded and gifted with an artistic talent that has seen his colourful creations adorn album covers the world over.
Vanzet is a talented soul. On the one hand he is a visual artist and graphic designer, and on the other is musician and producer of electronic beats (for which, he goes under the name Thrupence). Occasionally his two worlds weave a colourful path which has led him to develop tonal connections and collaborations with other creative individuals across the globe. A man of mystery when it comes to his work, Vanzet is not giving much away about his artistic process, 'I get asked about this a lot but I never give away the secret recipe! I always like to keep my process close to my chest, so to speak.'
His artworks are full of thick brushstrokes and swirls of pigment. Taking abstract shapes and forms, his paintings create a visual landscape. They transform into new worlds; sometimes they appear as natural phenomena or estuaries of colourful oceans, and others as if they are magnified aspects of exotic lands or planets.
It is no wonder then that his artwork travels well. One has journeyed all the way from Australia to Iceland and will drench the cover of Tonik Ensemble’s upcoming release in vibrant hues. This is the moniker used by Icelandic producer/composer Anton Kaldal Ágústsson, whose own work is equally informed by painting composition and colour as much as it is by music composition. When his label manager (at Atomnation) reached out to the artist about embarking on a Tonik project, Vanzet was enthusiastic. He recalls, 'I really enjoyed the music and thought it sounded like a cool project.'
Ágústsson comments, 'I first discovered Jack's art through his music; checking out the Thrupence stuff, I always took note of the cool artwork accompanying it. Then when I was thinking about possible directions for the Tonik Ensemble visuals, I stumbled upon his website and noticed how floaty it had become, and how much music there was in his artworks. That really resonated with the concept of the Tonik Ensemble album. It was a joy working with him.'
Other album covers and visuals that have had this unique pigment treatment include Chet Faker, Luke Howard and Vance Joy, with more in the pipeline. Watch out for the regular mixtapes this musical mind also puts out, which often can get assigned their own Vanzet visuals.
Photos courtesy of the artist.
If this article interested you, perhaps you might like to find out about other colourful works at our next evening of inspiring talks in Amsterdam. Taking place on 19 February, the title of the event is Ninety Minutes of Frame #6: Pigment Pioneers and will have experts explaining the design enigma of colour. Find out more here, and keep an eye on the Ninety Minutes of Frame website for further updates.