Shop works by Corey Hagberg

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Corey Hagberg is an artist living in Rockford, Illinois. Working with paint and screen prints on canvases and wall murals, his work is affecting in its dealing with taboo topics such as death and mental illness, while often presenting a gentle and optimistic side. CARTWHEEL Interview: Corey Hagberg in his Rockford, Ill. Studio (Feb. 21, 2013)

Artist: Corey Hagberg
Lives in: Rockford, Ill.
Age: 33

Corey Hagberg uses spray paint, oil paint and oil enamel, and sketched or screen printed backgrounds, among other mediums, to create multi-layered paintings that are part street art, part collage and part surrealist self-portrait. Born in suburban Chicago, Corey was introduced to art at a young age through skateboard graphics and graffiti. With his teen years spent moving around from town to town, he was a trouble-making skater who liked to draw. Though he was kicked out of Christian school in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Corey eventually landed himself in art classes at McHenry County College, and later Northern Illinois University, where he earned a BFA in 2005. After a journey into the dark side of drugs, which caused him to put down the paintbrushes for almost two years, Corey emerged on the bright side, picking up old canvases forgotten from years earlier and using almost-glowing colors to express the darkness he overcame. In 2012 he received an Associates in Applied Sciences for digital art production and has been showing artwork in Chicago and Rockford since 2009.

Why CARTWHEEL Loves Corey: Because he likes working on wood more than canvas because he’s all about layers; because he says journeys of self discovery sometimes last longer than we want them to.

Corey Hagberg:

In high school I spent more of my downtime, when not skating, messing around with graffiti. I never really considered it an art form. For me it was more about the accessibility, immediacy, and ability to have fun. While other forms of creating art and mediums to create art with were more solitary, graffiti gave us the option to work together.

Currently working out of his studio in Rockford, Ill., Corey Hagberg has shown at Fountain Art Fair Miami, Oh No Doom!, Around the Coyote, Flat Iron arts, Rockford Art Museum, Paper Crown Gallery, Chicago Truborn, Clark Arts Gallery at Rockford College, J.R. Kortman Center for Design, and Praire Street Gallery among others.  Coming up in 2013 he will exhibit at Fountain Art Fair NYC, Milwaukee Print Exhibition and Pick me Up Contemporary Graphics Show in London in April with his 5-artist collaborative print posse, Fatherless.

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