It’s hard to believe that someone who has had clients such as Nickelodeon, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, TV Guide, Denny’s and AT&T goes dumpster diving for spare cardboard for his work, but it’s all part of what makes Mike Altman and his colorful, fun and wacky creations so unique.
A full-time artist and ORANJE veteran, Altman uses simple line work and bright, bold colors to illustrate pieces that are complex, laced with symbolism, satire, spirituality and double-meaning, and sometimes as simple as a blue dog. Now in his fifth year as an ORANJE participant, he has used the event as a yearly release of new works. One of Altman’s latest projects has been collaborating with Flat 12 to do work on their labels. Whether you see his work above someone’s sofa or on a bottle of beer, his distinct style is hard to miss.
Working from his studio that is cluttered with inspirational items that has been described as a museum meets Pee Wee Herman’s set, Altman works with a variety of materials to complete his work. Some are on cardboard, some are on canvas; some use pencil while others use watercolor. With ideas brewing all the time, his work has been shown all over the place, from Jacksonville, Florida to Nashville, TN.
So why does Altman continue coming back to ORANJE year after year? “I consider ORANJE the unveiling show for my work in Indianapolis…and there are always tons of friends and fellow artists to chill with. It is the premiere event for art and music in Indy…people have a great time and art is available, my art especially (haha)!”
You can keep up with Mike Altman at his website, and make sure to stop by his booth on October 12! You can find his work in Indianapolis in December at Upland’s Propaganda Room in the Murphy Building and also a Henry’s on East.