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Dylan Egon is everywhere. Whether you realize it or not, his work can be seen in galleries around the region, on city streets, and soon, perhaps in modern homes around the country.

On Saturday, the Jersey City artist is unveiling his new home lifestyle line, a collaboration with New York-based reGeneration Furniture who approached Egon after seeing his work on display at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. Egon has become well-known for melding Americana with modern and Victorian icons, rendered in a vintage-print style, in his mixed-media assemblage pieces. For example, his signature print for the line (seen below) is literally a set of modern hieroglyphs -- a butterfly, a raven, a racehorse, a horseshoe, a skull with the number "12" imprinted on its forehead and even his own personal glyph, a "D" with an inset "E."

All of Egon's graphics are assembled carefully from images that catch the Van Vorst Park resident's eye. "My process usually starts with a collage of images to make a single image, then I adjust it in an acrylic painting, usually in black and white," says Egon, who works in diverse media like gold leaf, metals with nails, acrylic, oil and silkscreen and incorporates elements from his background in archeology, anthropology and film.

Egon says he's dressing Saturday's showroom as "an over-the-top Dylan-Egon elseworld." Here you can curl up on a Dylan Egon sofa or wrap yourself in a Dylan Egon Pendleton blanket. There's even a bed and a handmade quilt and of course, some of Egon's fine art, objects, prints and accessories. (Also, if you get the Jersey City Artists Calendar benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, you can have his work on your wall through January.)

For Egon, home has always been where the art is. As the son of accomplished artists Ed Samuels (a master oil painter and marble sculptor) and Linda Vi Vona (who works in multiple media and currently has a retrospective show in Santa Fe), Egon's creativity and talent are the products of both nature and nurture.

He remembers his childhood in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood fondly. "Their studios shared the parlor floor in our townhouse where I roamed free," he says. "I thought all kids lived this way.

"My mom and my dad are both very influential to my style. Dad, for his tight craft and precise details, and Mom, for her constant strive to be original and at the same time keep it high quality, as opposed to being different simply by doing something no one else does that one wants to see," says Egon. "They are my first and have been my greatest influences for as long as I can remember."

Since the guitarist and singer moved to Jersey City in 1992 to jam with his former band Paint in an old standalone firehouse (he converted it into a living space and bought it in 1998), Egon has been influencing other artists himself with his edgy style -- one that only gets sharper with time. He showed at the well-reputed 58 Gallery on Coles Street from 2003 to 2010 and was also part of group art shows at places like LITM and Shampoo.

The signature DE fabric

His work is simple and frank, but also often has intricate details and hints at an ambiguous, deeper meaning. For instance, one of his most famous images, "Petey," a Pit Bull with a machine gun, is at once adorable and disconcerting, humorous and serious. What's this? What's this? What does it mean? One of his pieces in his upcoming show, with two crows perched on a JVC boombox (seen above), invites similar speculation.

With his growing home line (available at ABC Carpet and Home as well as reGeneration), several clothing items for sale on his website and a possible upcoming project involving "a combination of motorcycles with mounted trunks for a Louis Vuitton show in Japan," Dylan Egon is becoming his own brand.

Is there a Dylan Egon lifestyle? The artist describes it as more of an aesthetic. "It's eclectic, with a leaning towards modern industrial," he says. "I like the craftsmanship and durable luxury of the Victorian period, melded with the color and flare of the late-Sixties, early-Seventies energy, and color palettes."

And perhaps one day, we'll all be able to sit in Dylan Egon recliners and watch Dylan Egon movies on Dylan Egon TV sets.

He says he is writing his second feature film, though he notes that his silver-screen dreams are taking a back seat to his art. Still, Egon, who studied film at City Tech University, says, "I look forward to someday art directing a film with my art and objects to create a different world a la Brazil, City of Lost Children and A Clockwork Orange."

Hm. A world where everyday objects have ravens and airplanes and stuff printed on them and the protagonists lie awake under their handmade Dylan Egon quilt wondering how to stop all the machine-gun dogs from taking over the world? Maybe that's not exactly his vision (he kept mum on the details), but if his movies end up being half as cool as his art, we're sure he'll hit it home.

Dylan Egon and reGeneration's "Art as Lifestyle" opens Saturday, Dec 1 at 38 Renwick St. in New York City. Limited edition wearable and boutique items printed with Egon's imagery will be for sale at the opening and through the exhibit. For more information, visit the reGeneration Furniture website.

Check out more of Egon's work:

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Photos courtesy of Dylan Egon

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