Randall Wilcox received his BA in Art from Cal State Northridge in 1991, and has worked professionally as a graphic designer for more than 25 years. He is the founder and partner of Once Blind Studios, a boutique graphic design studio specializing in brand design and heritage-themed products.
While graphic design has been a constant throughout his career, his passion lies in the fine arts. What began as a hobby of photography grew into a genuine, artistic pursuit. His influences include great painters such as Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Pollock, as well as photographers Stieglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Sudek and Brassai.
Inspired by these artists, Wilcox has sought to illuminate the layers and contrasts inherent to our environment. Whether shooting at night around L.A., exploring a desert landscape, meandering through the Boneyard of old neon signs in Las Vegas or traveling in Prague, Budapest, Mexico, Istanbul, Cuba and Portugal, exploration has always been a key element in Wilcox’s creative process. He has mastered the art of capturing textures and the play of light and shadow in places long abandoned. He illuminates what others don’t always see. Where others find decay, he sees character. Click here to view the photography archive.
After shooting for over a decade, Wilcox began painting and exploring other types of mixed media. Using various techniques of layering and collage, his art reflects the same patterns, textures and light-play as his photography. Exploring concepts of struggle and hope, his work is a study of healing through art.
“My work as an artist is about conquering the cycles of addiction, abuse, anxiety and fear, both as part of my personal journey and as an inspiration for others. In my Icons and Legends series, I celebrate those who have fought through something to create art, whether it be fighting their own personal demons or the limitations society has tried to place on them.”
For the last two years, Wilcox has volunteered his time teaching ART HEALS classes as a part of Project Connect Nashville‘s “Work Life” program in Madison, TN.