Ad Nerd/Abstract Painter Chuck Hipsher Has Lots of Thoughts to Share on Creativity

By Patrick Coffee 

Remember Chuck Hipsher? The former creative director at FCB, Campbell Ewald, TBWA etc. has written a couple of posts for this blog including one arguing that ads are not, in fact, art.

He would know. The “ad nerd” is an abstract painter who joined the agency world after winning an AdAge contest and scoring a subsequent gig at JWT New York. He went on to work on various campaigns, specializing in car brands, and he’s currently creative director on Michelin at TBWA’s shopper marketing division The Integer Group.

Beyond his ad agency work, Hipsher continues to paint in his signature “gestural abstraction” style, portfolio here.

The CD recently sent us a link to a video he made illustrating his approach to the creative process that some readers might enjoy on a rainy Friday (at least in New York).

As noted, this little movie was inspired by designer Bruce Mau’sIncomplete Manifesto for Growth,” which has achieved something approaching legendary status since its publication in 1998.

And the music is by Beach House, no strangers to the world of ad agency shenanigans.