Brock Davis is an award-winning artist who works in a variety of mediums including photography, sculpture, illustration, graphic design and video. His work is rooted in concepts that focus on the mundane, familiar objects of every day life and suggest a rejuvenated way in which to perceive them. The familiar becomes new, the ordinary, extraordinary. It’s been described by famed street artist, Banksy, as “a freewheeling sideways visual energy that’s impossible not to love." In addition to art, Brock has worked in the advertising and design industry for the past 20 years, creating groundbreaking work for a variety of clients including Apple, Target, Jack Links, Subaru, Harley-Davidson, Porsche and many others. His work has received national and international acclaim, acquiring every notable industry award including the prestigious Cannes Lion.

In 2009, he made one piece of art every day for a year in his "Make Something Cool Every Day" project. The internet-wide reaction to this work led to his own line of Brock Davis kid's tees in Target stores, as well as editorial commissions from publications like the New York Times, Wired, Esquire, Fast Company, The New Republic and Fortune among others. He also has a cover for Time magazine under his belt. Each year, his works are viewed and shared millions of times over and he has been written about and featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, USA Today, ABC, Comedy Central, G4, The Independent, LA Weekly, Boing Boing and Juxtapoz. He was recently named one of Wired Magazine's 18 influential design leaders working today.

Brock lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Alyn, their two children, Ames and June, and a dog named Zelda.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
Make Something Cool Every Day
Creative Electric
Minneapolis, MN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Banksy's Dismaland

Weston-Super-Mare, UK

Artists: Andreas Hykade (Bavaria) / Amir Schiby (Israel) / Axel Void (USA) / Banksy (UK) / Barry Reigate (UK) / Ben Long (UK) / Bill Barminski (USA) / Block9 (UK) / Brock Davis (USA) / Caitlin Cherry (USA) / Caroline McCarthy (IRL) / Damien Hirst (UK) / Darren Cullen (UK) / David Shrigley (UK) / Dorcas Casey (UK) / Dietrich Wegner (USA) / Ed Hall (UK) / El Teneen (Egypt) / Escif (Spain) / Espo (USA) / Fares Cachoux (Syria) / Greg Haberny (USA) / Huda Beydoun (Saudi Arabia) / James Joyce (UK) / Jani Leinonen (Finland) / Jeff Gillette (USA) / Jenny Holzer (USA) / Jessica Harrison (UK) / Jimmy Cauty (UK) / Joanna Pollonais (Canada) / Josh Keyes (USA) / Julie Burchill (UK) / Kate MacDowell (USA) / Laura Lancaster (UK) / Lee Madgwick (UK) / Leigh Mulley (UK) / Lush (Australia) / Mana Neyestani (Iran) / Maskull Lasserre (Canada) / Michael Beitz (USA) / Mike Ross (USA) / Neta Harari Navon (Israel) / Nettie Wakefield (UK) / Paco Pomet (Spain) / Paul Insect & BAST (UK/USA) / Peter Kennard & Cat Phillips(UK) / Polly Morgan (UK) / Pure Evil (UK) / Ronit Baranga (Israel) / Sami Musa (Palestine) / Scott Hove (USA) / Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (Lithuania) / Shadi Alzaqzouq (Palestine) / Suliman Mansour (Palestine) / Tammam Azzam (Syria) / The Astronauts’ Caravan (UK) / Tinsel Edwards (UK) / Wasted Rita (Portugal) / Zaria Forman (USA)

2011
What If?
Chicago, IL

2010
The New Easy
Art News Projects
Berlin

2010
Vvork
Sun Gallery
Munich

2007
Animal Farm
Creative Electric
Minneapolis, MN

2005
Tenderness Can Be Learned
Creative Electric
Minneapolis, MN

CLIENTS

Advertising / Branding:
Subaru
Jack Links Beef Jerky
Harley Davidson
Porsche
Gibson Guitars
Rapala

ESPN

American Standard

Calphalon

Northwest Airlines

PDFA 

Saucony


Editorial:
Time Magazine
New York Times
Wired
Esquire

Newsweek

The Atlantic

Bloomberg Business Week

Washington Post

Kiplinger's

The New Republic
Fast Company
O Magazine
Money Magazine

Men's Health

More Magazine

Tokion
Killscreen Magazine

Apparel:
Hurley Sportswear
Threadless
Target

HONORS / AWARDS

Recognition in all major Advertising and Design Award shows and publications including:

Cannes

D&AD

The One Show

Communication Arts Advertising Annual

Communication Arts Illustration Annual

Creative Review

Graphis

Print

Luerzer's Archive

Effie Awards

Art Directors Club

The FWA

Clio Awards

Obie Awards

Kelly Awards

Athena Awards

Andys

Minneapolis The Show

 

OTHER NOTABLES:

 

2012

 

Three Brock Davis t-shirt designs chosen as digital tees for Xbox 360 avatars

Created Carmichael Collective for Carmichael Lynch

 

2011

 

Created the October 10 cover of Time Magazine

Brock Davis "Hot Chocolate" design best selling boys t-shirt in all Target stores

Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Solo juror, VanDerlip scholarship

 

2010

 

Approached by Target stores to create line of Brock Davis Kid's T-shirts for Target

Threadless Best Kid's Design: "Exercise"

Speaker: Threadless 10th Anniversary Meet-up, Chicago

Minneapolis Metro Magazine "Keeper" Award winner

Living Photograph: Chris with Teacup featured on Tosh.0

Living Photograph: Chris with Teacup featured on G4s Attack of the Show

Living Photograph: Chris with Teacup featured on G4s Web Soup

 

2009

 

Threadless Best New Designer

 

Successfully completed Make Something Cool Every Day project

One piece of creative work made every day for 365 consecutive days

January 1 - December 31

 

2006

 

Co-created Jack Link's Messin' With Sasquatch campaign

 

Web / general:

 

Instagram: 173k followers

Flickr: 8 million + views

Twitter: 5k + followers

Tumblr: 100k + followers

Facebook: 7k + fans

Youtube: 370k + views

 

Work featured and perpetuated on thousands of blogs and social hubs including:

 

Boing Boing

Kotaku

This Is Colossal

It's Nice That

Gizmodo

Drawn!

Today and Tomorrow

The Daily What

Nevver

Booooooom

Laughing Squid

Swiss Miss

ISO50

Meathaus

Smashing Magazine

Le Monde

FlyLyf

Make Magazine

PSFK

Street Carnage

Beautiful Decay Magazine

Designboom

CollegeHumor

My Modern Metropolis

Laughing Squid

Design You Trust

Lost at E Minor

Kottke

Treehugger

Ignant

 

PUBLICATIONS

Big Art Small Art

2014

Thames & Hudson

 

Obscura Magazine - Spring Issue

2014

 

Pictoplasma

2012

 

3D Typography
2010
Mark Batty

Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community
2010
Abrams Image

Torso: T-shirt Graphics Exposed
2010
Gestalten

It's Nice That: Issue 2
2009

Papercraft: Design with Art and Paper
2009

Gestalten

 

LECTURES

 

SMBMSP #75

Visuals that Compel and Influence

2015

 

MIMA Summit

What makes a good post?

2014

 

Target Spark series

Target Corporation

2014

 

General Mills Corporation

Creative process

2013