Wired x Christopher Nolan

A series of conceptual illustrations created for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired — a moody narrative with light, shadow, and illusionistic geometry.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

Abstract artwork created for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired. The illustrations include representations for each of the five dimensions—line, planes, space, time, and the multiverse.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

Mario creates artwork for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired. Design support by Sam Hodges. With many thanks to Billy Sorrentino and Scott Dadich at Wired.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

A series of conceptual illustrations created for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired — a moody narrative with light, shadow, and illusionistic geometry.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

Abstract artwork for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired. The conceptual visualizations are featured on the cover and throughout the issue’s spreads, page slugs, table of contents, etc.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

Abstract artwork created for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired. The illustrations include representations for each of the five dimensions—line, planes, space, time, and the multiverse.

Wired x Christopher Nolan

Mario creates artwork for the Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired. Design support by Sam Hodges. With many thanks to Billy Sorrentino and Scott Dadich at Wired.

Musings

Artwork contribution to Quottom Magazine’s "Muses" issue. In this piece, each of the nine muses are represented in effigy, reflecting an artist’s relationship with the audience.

Musings

Artwork contribution to Quottom Magazine’s "Muses" issue. In this piece, each of the nine muses are represented in effigy, reflecting an artist’s relationship with the audience.

Natali Yura

Vacant painterly stares for Natali Yura artwork.

Blasé

A cosmic loungescape created for Blasé's new record, Sunset Dawn.

Pure Heroine

Design for Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine. The artwork features an austere aesthetic, strong typography, and hand-treated textures to convey a sense of craft, iconography, and intimacy inherent in Lorde’s music.

Show Some Heart

Interpretation of the human heart for a book project. The piece extrapolates the creative idea, the anatomy, and communicates the feeling of a heart mid-beat.

Atlas

Mario Hugo directs, Micah Lidberg illustrates, and Absolute Post's Ric Comline and Jonny Bursnel lead animation for Coldplay's Atlas.

Biology

Suggestive abstracts for Biology on ESP Institute.

Pigeons

Direction and design for the Pigeons single. This [immortalized] pigeon was found and bronzed by Mario's brother-in-law, Mark Laventure. Released on Warp Records.

Circadia

Mario's second album sleeve for electronic artist Tornado Wallace on ESP records.

Land of Light

Haunting direction, design, and illustration of the jacket for the Land of Light ​full-length album and singles. Released on ESP Institute.

Rihanna Unapologetic

Mario created photo treatments, custom type, and design for Gravité Creative on Rihanna's 7th release, Unapologetic. Creative direction by Rihanna and Ciarra Pardo, with photography by Michael Muller and Melissa Forde.

Rihanna

Mario created transfer drawings, photo treatments, custom type, and design for Gravité Creative on Rihanna's 7th release, Unapologetic. Photography by Michael Muller and Melissa Forde.

Rihanna

Mario created transfer drawings, photo treatments, custom type, and design for Gravité Creative on Rihanna's 7th release, Unapologetic. Photography by Michael Muller and Melissa Forde.

Rihanna

Mario created transfer drawings, photo treatments, custom type, and design for Gravité Creative on Rihanna's 7th release, Unapologetic. These lips were a remix of MVM's Rihanna illustration.

Soft Rocks

Album sleeve direction, design, and illustration. Gravity, tension, and release for the ESP Institute release, The Curse of Soft Rocks.

Big-Time Philanderer

Personal project. Zeus reportedly transfigured into a number of interesting forms - including bulls, swans, and clouds - in order to meet mortal women. The piece was remixed with paint and washes directly to framed glass. Printed in Maker Magazine.

The King and Pie

A personal project playing with fanciful retellings of famous stories and mythologies. Here we see the story of Romulus and Remus with vignettes of political intrigue, vultures, and an indulgent trifecta of pastries. Graphite on found paper.

Concentration Alternate

Direction, design, and illustration. Gaia (Earth) and Ouranus (Sky) are here seen procreating in the name of creation - used both in the "Love & Sex" issue of Untitled Magazine, and Concentration Volume 1 for ESP Institute.

Philopoemen

Direction, design, and illustration for Daniel Ciardi. The album packaging references experimentation with more colorful, psychedelic, and oddly baroque compositions.

Philopoemen

Direction, design, and illustration for Daniel Ciardi. The album packaging references experimentation with more colorful, psychedelic, and oddly baroque compositions.

New York Times Magazine

Futuristic typography for The Culture Issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Shocks / ESP Institute

Direction, design, and illustration for Shocks, the 7th release on ESP Institute. This sleeve plays with your brain if you stare awhile - there are a couple different ways of seeing it.

33_10_3402 / ESP Institute

Illusionistic album packaging for electronica producer 33_10_3402 on ESP Institute. Direction, design, and illustration.

Disquiet

Custom type and record sleeve for Bloodgroup's single, Disquiet, released on Sugarcane Records.

Disquiet

Custom type and record sleeve for Bloodgroup's single, Disquiet, released on Sugarcane Records.

WXD

Logo design for Wired by Design, a live magazine that will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds at Skywalker Sound in California to discuss the impact of design on our daily lives.

Stay Strange

Typographic print created for 40 Days of Dating, an experimental creative project by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, inviting contributors to reflect on the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations of relationships.

Things Done

Experimental typographic sleeve created for the ESP Institute.

Things Done

Experimental typographic sleeve created for the ESP Institute.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Nykhor Goes Red - Redmilk

Art direction and illustration for a fashion editorial in Redmilk Magazine, commissioned by Svperbe. Blurring the lines between photography and illustration, Mario used a bit of ink and alchemy to add a gritty ambience to Erez Sabag's playful photography, featuring model Nykhor Paul.

Pharoahs

Art direction, design, and illustration for Los Angeles act, Pharaohs. The artwork pays homage to the music which blends dry rhythm with swelling synth chords, cheeky vocals and vibrant surf guitar. Released on ESP institute.

Tornado Wallace

Art and direction for the Tornado Wallace singles, in collaboration with MVM. The abstract artwork is reflective of the soothing, positive energy transmitted in the music. Released on ESP Institute.

Tornado Wallace

Art and direction for the Tornado Wallace singles, in collaboration with MVM. The abstract artwork is reflective of the soothing, positive energy transmitted in the music. Released on ESP Institute.

J.Cole – Born Sinner

Direction, design, and illustration for J.Cole's sophomore release, featuring a menacing gold bust carved in 3d. Released on Dreamville Records, Roc Nation, and Columbia Records.

J. Cole - Trouble

Art direction, design, and illustration for the "Trouble" single off J. Cole's album, Born Sinner. Typography defaces classical sculpture. Released on Dreamville and Roc Nation.

J.Cole - Sparks Will Fly

Art direction, design, and illustration for the "Sparks Will Fly" single off J. Cole's album, Born Sinner. The artwork alludes to biblical references in the music. Released by Roc Nation and Dreamville Records.

Ozone / ESP Institute

Album packaging ​direction and design for Michael Ozone on ESP Institute. A lathed sound wave becomes a landscape, with abstracted ecosystems filling the space between layers.

Sea Power and Change

Direction, design, and illustration for Sea Power and Change album packaging. The artwork suggests the gravity of the title, depicting what look like poured concrete waves. Created for ESP Institute.

Live Forever

A mural wallpaper for Tres Tintas Barcelona. Mario creates a playful memento-mori - a casual, decorative, and rather large reminder to embrace making, each and every [finite] day.

Paranoia

Direction and illustration for the single collaboration, Paranoia, of Chance the Rapper & Nosaj Thing. Threatening little faces are hidden throughout.

Surface to Air

A fluid typographic treatment for Surface to Air men's collection.

United Bamboo

Large typographic treatments for New York based label, United Bamboo. Direction, design, and illustration.

United Bamboo

Large typographic treatments for New York based label, United Bamboo. Direction, design, and illustration.

Cushnie et Ochs SS11

Print for Cushnie et Ochs' SS11 collection - a romantic floral consumes and erodes hidden statues and structures.

Cushnie et Ochs SS11

Print for Cushnie et Ochs' SS11 collection - a romantic floral consumes and erodes hidden statues and structures.

Dymphna in Effigy

Portrait of the tragic, beheaded Dymphna for The Fader. Graphite, ink, found paper.

The Decemberists

Art direction and album packaging for The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love. Created for Capitol Records. Illustration by Carson Ellis.

William Morris

Portrait of William Morris created for Shadrach Lindo's Cavalier book and exhibition. Graphite on found paper, exhibited at The Nog Gallery in London.

And it Was Left Void

Graphite and acrylic illustration created for a solo show at Vallery Vasava Gallery in Barcelona, entitled "I've Got Something I'd Like to Show You.”

Image of a Cathedral

Illustration for Please! Magazine. The brief asked Mario to imagine life in 2050. The work explores spirituality in the distant future, provoking thoughts of quiet introspection.

Joshua Tillman

Direction, design, and illustration for J. Tillman’s sixth album, A Year in the Kingdom. Graphite and gouache, intended as both intimate and haunting. Released by Western Vinyl.

Flaunt

Illustrated cover for Flaunt Magazine, featuring actress Marley Shelton. Graphite, china ink, and acrylic on acetone stained paper.

Beck - Modern Guilt

Bold and iconic conceptual packaging for Beck's eleventh studio album, Modern Guilt. Created for Interscope Records. Mario's concepts were re-appropriated for the tour in 2008.

ESP Institute

Direction and design of promo jackets for ESP Institute, with multi-colored inner sleeves.

Hanne Hukkelberg

Illustrated type treatment and illustration for Norwegian singer-songwriter, Hanne Hukkelberg. Design by Non-Format.

Sot Rocks Remix

Collaboration between Mario Hugo and Hisham Akira Bharoocha for the Soft Rocks remix sleeve on ESP.

Fader 7"

Fun and frenetic direction and illustration for The Fader's 7" series album packaging, featuring Wavves and Windsurf.

Balmorhea

Art direction, design, and illustration for Balmorhea's fifth album, Stranger, in collaboration with photographer Trine Sønderfaard.

Slow Stately Dance in Triple Time

Editorial illustration to accompany a beautiful short story by Anne Sanow. Created for Dossier Journal.

Slow Stately Dance in Triple Time

Editorial illustration to accompany a beautiful short story by Anne Sanow. Created for Dossier Journal.

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim asked Hugo & Marie to create a digital holiday greeting. We chose to work with our immensely talented friends over at Brooklyn based motion agency, Labour, to create the dark and moody animation.

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim asked Hugo & Marie to create a digital holiday greeting. We chose to work with our immensely talented friends over at Brooklyn based motion agency, Labour, to create the dark and moody animation.

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim asked Hugo & Marie to create a digital holiday greeting. We chose to work with our immensely talented friends over at Brooklyn based motion agency, Labour, to create the dark and moody animation.

Lovecat Magazine

Loose and fun hand-scrawled treatments, created for Lovecat Magazine. Mario played with a bunch of acetate, rollers, and spilled a substantial amount of china ink around the studio.

Lovecat Magazine

Loose and fun hand-scrawled treatments, created for Lovecat Magazine. Mario played with a bunch of acetate, rollers, and spilled a substantial amount of china ink around the studio.

Lovecat Magazine

Loose and fun hand-scrawled treatments, created for Lovecat Magazine. Mario played with a bunch of acetate, rollers, and spilled a substantial amount of china ink around the studio.

Cos/Mes

Surreal album packaging created for an ESP Institute release. A milky pink relief envelopes Cos/Mes' first cover on the label.

Channel 4 25th Anniversary Drug Quotes

Spin Studio commissioned five large drug-related illustrations, for Channel 4's 25th Anniversary book. The illustrated quotes are filled with hidden contextual narratives.

February

February illustrated for the Some Type of Wonderful exhibition, held in Melbourne and Sydney. The project featured typographic works from some of the world’s most talented artists and designers.

About

Mario Hugo is a New York based artist, designer, and co-founder of Hugo & Marie. Though he spends an inordinate amount of time in front of his computer, he still feels most honest with a pencil and two or more sheets of paper. Mario has worked with clients that include Stella McCartney, Rihanna, Dolce & Gabbana, Lorde, Cushnie et Ochs, Surface to Air, Clé de Peau Beauté, Shiseido and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Exhibitions

Mario’s work has been exhibited around the world including at Illustrative in Berlin, If You Could in London, Communications in Los Angeles, and at Vallery in Barcelona, which was home to his first solo show in 2007.

Publications

Mario has been featured in a number of publications including Flaunt, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Theme, +81, Elephant, Varoom, Please!, and Phaidon’s Area 2.