Combining old-world technique with the combative counterculture stylings of the late 20th century, the work of American artist Bryan Rackleff takes root in his deep connection to the customs, attitudes, and intricacies of Southern California’s extensive punk rock history. Covering gender fluidity, the subversion of socio-normativity, and themes often frowned upon by the moral majority, the work is a nuanced glance into Rackleff’s personal celebration of antithetical pop and lowbrow cultures. He works in traditional oil painting techniques on canvas and wood panel, similar to the simple, yet profound methods of the Dutch masters, to combine old world processes with current and referential subject matter. Hence, the compositions reflect his enduring desire to illustrate challenging contemporary issues through classic means. In doing so, his technique and topics work in tandem to create an artistic narrative that emphasizes the inconsistencies of conventional thought patterns, while also encouraging the audience to pursue divergent ideals whose propositions of personal freedom are worth struggling for. Throughout his career, Rackleff has worked as Creative Director for Comedy Central, Warner Bros., Elektra, Atlantic Records, and Rhino Records. He is a third generation auto mechanic that escaped to art school.