Sam Chirnside, Australian graphic designer currently living in Amsterdam but formerly from New York, Berlin and Melbourne, is the founder of the multidisciplinary practice Chirnside. His work has been described as “A mixing of natural elements with cosmic & spiritual phenomena that aims to delve beyond the edges of consciousness, exploring areas of order and incomprehension.”
Chirnside mostly works with oil paints to create aesthetically stunning layouts, that will usually and unexpectedly become album artwork that will work at best in combination with a band logo. There is a hint of psychedelic influence in his style, as the flow of vivid and fluorescent colors are shuffled with strong brush strokes ready for an open interpretation.
Unlike hippie culture Sam professionally brought his work to a serious level, introducing his style to big clients such as Nike, Sony, Volcom and Universal Music. Although his work has often a typographic influence, such as in his unique branding and logo work, it’s thanks to his variety of non-ordinary prints and digital compositions inspired by sacred geometry, ancient civilizations, and forward-thinking music, that he is becoming more and more notable.
As quoted on his personal website, “Through the use of mixed media techniques, his artwork is an exploration of the fields that exist beyond mind’s eye”.