German illustrator and printmaker Alexander Hanke (proprietor of the nom de plume Zum Heimathafen) works in barren shapes and rich colors. His poster work combines the sophisticated nature of minimalism with the loose yet clean linework of his hand-drawn subjects.
There’s an inspired child-like quality to Hanke’s illustrations. The youthfulness is not cloying, but sincere. Each image is free of the hardship of adulthood, the core being a search for an honest moment of release. Hanke imbues each project with his brand of youthful authenticity, a distilled sense of wonder that hits the viewer immediately.
In his gig poster for Chuck Ragan, Hanke shows a deer, a divine light between its antlers. He gives this vision a sense of wonder, that authentically child-like expression of wow. That same wow flows through his full body of work.