About the Artist
Cody Hale is a contemporary artist currently based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 and has been creating and showing work throughout the Middle Tennessee area for over 12 years. While Cody creates work in a variety of mediums and techniques, he primarily works in ink, and his signature technique consists of splattering ink in multiple controlled layers on illustration board. Cody uses toothbrushes instead of traditional paint brushes as tools to create his ink splatter pieces. Visually, his work largely focusses on texture and sharp contrasting values, and the themes in his work are derived from his interpretations of popular cultural icons and his interest in the mysterious and the unknown.
My technique consists of splattering ink with toothbrushes in a controlled way to create detailed images with heavily layered textures, tonal shifts, and strong contrasting values. Ideas for my work generally derive from my everyday encounters with modern technology and popular culture. I am interested in the connection between people and the things they idolize. I am also interested in creating work that deals with the unknown, mysterious, and fantastic, sometimes as satirical interpretations of scary subjects.
Favorite artist award winner for Rutherford and Cannon counties