When Schoolhouse Rock steps through an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Arbito’s paintings, screen prints, and vinyl toys come out. As one of Grass Hut Studio’s closest members, this Seattle-based illustrator has been colorizing art conventions, west coast galleries, and Internet brainwaves with good vibrations and lowbrow giggles since 2005. Recently, his Seeker, Patty Powers, and Cosmic Hobo resin sculpture lines have appeared at the forefront of his work with new iterations and color sets coming out every few weeks. The most recent line features all three as miniature, cherry-scented erasers.
Beyond toys (which Arbito has also custom painted for other illustrators), he has experience hand-crafting everything from pillows, hand-stitched plushes, sneaker, skateboard, and van design, as well as traditional approaches of putting ink and paint to paper and wood.
By Michael Porwoll