Mr. Kirk Demarais
Adjunct Instructor of Visual Arts
B.S., John Brown University
Kirk Demarais is a graduate of JBU and he’s been serving as an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts department since 2006. He worked for DaySpring cards as a member of the Web and New Media team for ten years before establishing himself as a freelance designer, artist, and writer.
Demarais's fascination with vintage toys, novelties, and 20th century pop culture has inspired two published works, "Life of the Party," a visual history book of the S.S. Adams Prank and Magic company (for whom he was employed as a package and catalog designer), and "Mail-Order Mysteries" which offers a rare look at mail-order products from vintage comic books. The latter appeared on annual best-of lists in USA Today and the Boston Globe, and placed on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list.
His enthusiasm for retro-culture has also manifested in an award-winning short film called "Flip" as well as "Foot," an animated film he co-created which was distributed by the toy company FunKo.
Kirk’s pop-surrealist artwork is regularly shown and sold in Los Angeles and New York City galleries, and has received international attention, as well
as support among the Hollywood community.
His writing has been seen in The LA Times, BoingBoing.net, and magazines including Comic Art, Make, and Reminisce. His body of work has been featured or cited in Wired, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Slashfilm, FastCompany, Print Magazine, Flavorwire, New York Post and many more.
Kirk enjoys life in the hills of Arkansas with his wife and son.