ARTIST DECODED
is a podcast started in 2015 by visual artist, Yoshino.

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219 | Skygolpe
218 | Chris Hopkins
217 | Colborn Bell
216 | Ethel Cain
215 | Sam Levy
214 | John Wentz
AD | Yoshinocast #1
213 | Joe Sill
212 | Liana Finck
211 | Ayoto Ataraxia
210 | Kris Esfandiari (King Woman)
209 | Alexis Marshall
208 | Emilio Villalba
207 | Stuart Biddlecombe
AD | Movie Club #1 - Tokyo Sonata (2008)
206 | Jan Hopkins
AD | MIND/WAVE #9 w/ Mitch Horowitz
205 | Damon Davis
204 | Jingna Zhang
203 | Graham Dunn
AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #8
202 | Nadia Waheed
201 | Nicholas Lam
200 | Justin Daashuur Hopkins
199 | Johan Van Mullem
198 | Mauro C Martinez
197 | Lorne Lanning x Justin D. Hopkins
AD | MIND/WAVE #8 w/ Dr. Bruce Hoffman
196 | Jesse Damiani
195 | Nolwen Cifuentes
194 | Brian Booth Craig
193 | Vanessa Prager
192 | Julian Doan x Raymond Lee
AD | MIND/WAVE #7 w/ Mark Wolynn
191 | Chris Illingworth @ Gogo Penguin
190 | Shari Frilot @ Sundance and New Frontier

AD 2020 ++
AD | MIND/WAVE #6 w/ Mark Henick
189 | Sean Cheetham x Kate Zambrano
188 | Laura Fried @ Active Cultures
187 | Cliqua
186 | Densil McFarlane @ The OBGMs
185 | Adam Hall
184 | Jeffrey Martin Zacks x Columbia Tatone
183 | David Uzochukwu
182 | Gerard Bush x Christopher Renz
181 | Justin Mortimer
180 | Mike Lee x Columbia Tatone
179 | Edon Guraziu
178 | Jesse Draxler
177 | Yasmine Nasser Diaz
176 | Pádraig Ó Tuama
175 | Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive)
174 | Carlos Torres
173 | Sophia Rokhlin
172 | William Von Hippel
171 | Cj Hendry
170 | Anna Park
169 | Ryan York x Justin D. Hopkins
AD | MIND/WAVE #5 w/ Daniele Bolleli
168 | Jerome Lagarrigue
167 | CJ Johnson
166 | Steven Assael x John Wentz
165 | Damian Kulash (OK Go)
164 | Blake Mills x Justin D. Hopkins
163 | Christine Yuan
162 | Bao Nguyen
161 | Ludovic Nkoth
160 | Janna Watson
159 | David Cheifetz
158 | Erin Nicole Henry
AD | MIND/WAVE #4 w/ Aja Daashuur
157 | Yung Pueblo
156 | Daan Noppen
AD | MIND/WAVE #3 w/ Yore
AD | MIND/WAVE #2 w/ Cory Allen
155 | Allie X
154 | Ron Hicks
153 | Ibarionex Perello
152 | Denna Thomsen
151 | Michael Phillip
150 | Riley Stearns
149 | Akira Beard
148 | Jennifer Pochinski
147 | Kit Dale
146 | Cory Allen
145 | Adam Lee
144 | Alex Kanevsky
143 | Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) x Saman Kesh
142 | Alexis Marshall (Daughters)
141 | David Kassan
140 | Antrese Wood

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139 | Hollis Heichemer x Justin D. Hopkins
138 | Maja Ruznic x Yore
137 | Josh Peck x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
136 | Joshua Hagler
135 | Daniel Martin
134 | Mia Bergeron
133 | Christian Rex Van Minnen
132 | Johan Van Mullem
131 | Zoey Frank

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #7

130 | Yumi Sakugawa x Justin D. Hopkins
129 | Nikolaus Summerer
128 | Jerry Hsu
127 | Paul Cristina

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #6

126 | Marie Tomanova
125 | Julius Onah

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #5

124 | Jesse Draxler
123 | Justin Tyler Close

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #4

122 | Kim Kei x Justin D. Hopkins
121 | Chi
120 | Sergio Barrale
119 | Andrew Thomas Huang x Saman Kesh
118 | Mari L. McCarthy
117 | Tunde Adebimpe x Kim Dorland
AD | Weekly Round Up #3
116 | John Wentz
115 | Alex Grey x Noah Lampert
114 | Joe Sill
AD | Weekly Round Up #2
113 | Brian Higbee
AD | Weekly Round Up #1
112 | David Cheifetz
111 | Kilo Kish x Jarell Perry
AD | MIND/WAVE  #1

AD 2018 ++
110 | Nick Runge
109 | Joseph Lee
108 | Michael Shaw
107 | Linus Sandgren x Saman Kesh
106 | Isaac Bauman x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
105 | Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)
104 | Jordan Reyes
103 | Rina Yang x Saman Kesh
102 | Mia Bergeron x Justin D. Hopkins
101 | Tobias Schliessler x Aisha Schleissler
100 | Justin Daashuur Hopkins
99 | Aja Daashuur
98 | Alexandre Souetre x Jesse Draxler x Yoshino
97 | VOWWS
96 | Martin Starr x Saman Kesh
95 | Ania Catherine
94 | Mary Grisey
93 | Elly Smallwood
92 | Nicole Miglis (Hundred Waters)

AD 2017 ++
91 | Dado Valentic
90 | Norberto Rodriguez x Justin D. Hopkins
89 | Gavin Turek x Jarell Perry x Yoshino
88 | Akira Beard
87 | Steve Kim
86 | Colin Chillag x Jenna Duncan x Yoshino
85 | Casey Gleghorn x Justin Hopkins x Yoshino 
84 | Ian Daniel
83 | Dave Elitch x Justin D. Hopkins x Yoshino
82 | Edward C. Colver x David A. Willis
81 | Guy Maestri
80 | Virginie Picot
79 | Brad Kunkle
78 | Chelsea Wolfe
77 | Zola Jesus
76 | Jesse Draxler
75 | John Kilar
74 | Michelle Groskopf
73 | Scot Sothern
72 | Gems
71 | Kidmograph
70 | John F. Simon Jr.
69 | Casey Baugh
68 | Rebecca Farr
67 | Hagler x Ruznic x Perry x Yoshino
66 | Joe Kennedy @ Unit London
65 | Martin Wittfooth x Sergio Barrale
64 | Elly Smallwood
63 | Adam Lee
62 | Daniele Bolleli
61 | Anthony Lister
60 | Cory Allen

AD 2016 ++
59 | HONNE
58 | Brian Shevlin x Michael Donovan
57 | Ben Quilty
56 | Matthew Ryan Herget
55 | Andrew Hem
54 | Paul Jung
53 | Eddie Bravo x Hannah Vandermolen
52 | Olivia Bee
51 | Duke Johnson x Casey Baugh
50 | Saman Kesh
49 | Tunde Adebimpe x Justin Hopkins
48 | Byron Spencer
47 | Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic)
46 | Jean-Paul Mallozzi
45 | Sean Dunne
44 | Shari Frilot
43 | Blake Neubert
42 | Tim Mattia
41 | Alex Beck
40 | Grant Singer
39 | WIFE
38 | Derek Delgaudio x Glenn Kaino
37 | Matt Skiba
36 | Andrew Thomas Huang
35 | Tim Barber x Michael Donovan
34 | Yuna x Jarell Perry
33 | Isamaya Ffrench
32 | Yoshino x Noah Lampert
31 | Rose McGowan
30 | Daniel Sannwald
29 | Timothy Wilson x Justin Hopkins
28 | Sabrina Bajaj
27 | Vanessa Prager
26 | Joshua Hagler x Maja Ruznic x Erik Castellanos
25 | Chadwick Tyler x Michael Donovan
24 | Seamus Conley x John Wentz
23 | Asger Carlsen
22 | Benjamin Bjorklund x Blake Neubert
21 | Phil Hale
20 | Julius Onah 
19 | Greg Puciato x Jesse Draxler
18 | Emilio Villlalba
17 | BRTHR
16 | Nicolas Uribe

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AD | Final Words For 2015
15 | Stacy Kranitz x Isaac Bauman
14 | Alex Kanevsky
13 | Brittany Markert
12 | Nathaniel Evans
11 | Graham Dunn
10 | Justin Tyler Close
 9  | Hueman
 8  | Luke Gilford
 7  | Daniel Segrove x Justin Hopkins
 6  | Isaac Bauman
 5  | Jesse Draxler
 4  | Zhang Jingna
 3  | Michael Donovan
 2  | John Wentz
 1  | Casey Baugh

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218 | Chris Hopkins - “From Legendary Illustrator To Museum Exhibited Artist”





After a high profile career designing, drawing and painting images for movie poster art in Hollywood — Return of the Jedi, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — Chris now feels driven to produce works which celebrate compelling stories of American perseverance — the Tuskegee Airmen, First Nations peoples of America’s Pacific Northwest, and the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII.


It’s been an unusual career path, to say the least. Chris was a star on the Southern Oregon College wrestling team when he dropped out in 1974 rather than bow to the inevitable pressure to become a high school wrestling coach. He loaded up his ’68 sky blue Camaro and hit the road, picking up jobs from southern California to Montana and living out of his car. After he ran out of gas in Boise, Idaho, he settled there for a year and a half and worked as a bouncer at the Bronco Hut (the college bar where he met his wife), a lift operator at a ski resort, and as an utterly unqualified counselor at a home shelter for troubled boys. All the time he created art — drawing behind the bar, sculpting unflattering portraits of ski resort personnel, and carving the bar’s Billy club into a more appealing shape.

Chris’ older brother convinced him he’d soon be too old for this bohemian, aimless lifestyle and that he might want to apply to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He put together a crude portfolio, submitted an application and remembers “it surprised the crap out of me when I was actually accepted”.

In the middle of the college program, Chris still hadn’t figured out a painting system that he liked, so one weekend he locked himself in a room and refused to come out until he’d conquered it. In 1979, he graduated from Art Center with honors.



A diploma from art school, so what next? Pouring and finishing concrete for foundations, walkways, driveways and most everything else that required concrete until he heard that legendary illustrators Charles White III and David Willardson were starting a studio and looking for young talent. Chris’ persistence paid off and he was hired. After months of sketching he was finally assigned to paint the marquee art for The Mountain Men. Soon afterwards he discovered the airbrush and the whole process became fun, especially incorporating brushwork with airbrush techniques. He painted the clouds, skies, and water all from his Pacific Northwest childhood memories, and was known as The Sky King, a tribute to his unmatched ability to paint natural backgrounds

After four years, Chris left Willardson and White ready for his next challenge — painting people. Yes, he learned to do that, too painting and drawing the comprehensive and finished poster and magazine promotional art for Return of the Jedi, Peggy Sue Got Married, Labyrinth, The Abyss, and who could forget the portrait of the studly Harrison Ford on the Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom theatrical advance poster art?

In 1988 he picked up his family and relocated to the state of Washington where he’s once again tackled a new, but classic, technique. Now he’s brush-painting stories of American perseverance.



Show Notes:
  • Chris’s early job experiences
  • Working for Charles White III and David Willardson
  • Traveling as an artist for the Air Force
  • Chris’s revolutionary work with airbrushes
  • Painting the Tuskegee Airmen and The Japanese Incarceration
  • “Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII”
  • Future exhibitions
  • Resilience

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Posted 11.22.2021
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