Within Lopez' world there are many landscapes: caves, a vast ocean, snowscapes, living trees, and always the sense that one has crossed over into the deep end. "I want viewers of my work to feel as they do just before going over the cliff at Splash Mountain, or to feel the way they did as a child when they found out that Bambi's mother was about to die. That moment of extreme consciousness, when everything is so precious and one realizes something very importantwhich is different for everybody, and which according to Kierkegaard you cannot realize fully and take with you, because to do so would lead to madness."
It is this madness that one can see in the wild-eyed stare that is such a part of Xavier Lopez' work and permeates the insane smile that sets it apart and draws so many to it, while scaring the hell out of many others. "That smile," he adds, "that is the void, that is the power-punch that tells the viewer that there is something else going on here." It is the smile of the Muse and the multi-armed skeleton and it is the darkness behind the Kawaii. Xavier Lopez' work is not just cute, there is a darkness to it that is as vast as this thing called life and as complex as its obverse. His dreamscapes are filled with pain and wonder, innocence and perversity, but mostly a sense of fun that keeps drawing more and more viewers to play in the "Deep End" of his imagination.
Continually, growing and evolving, fans of his work never know what to expect from the artist. "I love testing myself, teasing and trying new things, most recently I have been doing a lot of Murals in the Seattle Area with a group of very talented, young artists and I have begun plans to work on a not-so children's book and even a comic strip and cartoon based on the Muse and her adventures. This is an amazing time in which it feels as though anything is possible and an artist just needs to put his mind and his imagination into motion to see it through."
Xavier Lopez' work can be found at various art galleries in the Seattle area, including the Short Stop Café, Echo Echo Gallery in the Greenwood Collective and the Twilight Collective, as well as on many murals, posters and prints. He is also the author of a blog that covers the Alternative to Alternative Art Scene in Seattle for the online "zombie newspaper," the Seattle Post Intelligencer.