Mad Thorns

Drain uses saturated psychedelic hues and patterns in works that combine formal exploration, art history, and popular culture. “The whole body reacts to color,” he says.

About Jim Drain

In vigorously colorful mixed-media works, Miami-based artist Jim Drain uses saturated psychedelic hues and patterns in a combination of formal exploration, art history, and popular culture. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Drain attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1990s, where he became involved with an art collective that inspired his extensive mixing of mediums. Following school, Drain introduced his love for discarded materials to a new skill—knitting—and is now best known for his stuffed and sewn sculptures that incorporate fabric scraps with machine knit-patterns. In general, Drain’s works are a melange of many parts; fun-house mirrors, plastic easter eggs, found items, and printed ephemera bearing referential imagery.

American, b. 1975, Cleveland, Ohio, based in Miami, Florida

Solo Shows on Artsy

2010
Saturday's Ransom, Locust Projects, Miami

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Trees in Oolite, Nina Johnson, Miami

Fair History on Artsy

2014
Nathalie Karg/ Cumulus Studios at Dallas Art Fair 2014