The album cover for Flying Lotus' latest EP, Pattern+Grid World, features a close-up portrait of one of Portland illustrator Theo Ellsworth's intricate, feathery characters. With an album title like Pattern+Grid World, Flying Lotus certainly could have taken the artwork into any number of stereotypically "cool" directions, but instead, he chose to go with the soft rippling drawings of Ellsworth. And from this was born mutual inspiration, with artist inspiring musician and musician inspiring artist.

Below, we spoke briefly with Ellsworth behind his process of creation. You can also read our previous interview with Ellsworth here.

 

Last night was Portland's lovely Last Thursday event, and Together Gallery had a fantastic show, as always, featuring Maxwell Loren Holyoke Hirsch, Irana Douer, Matthew Feyld, Theo Ellsworth, Jess Hirsch. The show, called It's All In The Details, might not feature these exact pieces, but...

At Portland's First Thursday Art Walk earlier this week, I came upon two artists who reminded me of one another. While Theo Ellsworth's pieces seem more tribally-influenced and Alec Neal's seem more abstract, both artists combine a level of ornamentation and shape exploration to create intricate,...