Artist Matthew J Mahoney has been living and working in San Diego ad his work deals primarily with ideas of the American hero: maleness, religious iconography, and boyhood ritual. In his exploration of these themes, the deconstruction of archetypes has been evidently as important as their celebration.
Natalia Fabia is a Polish/American artist, raised and living in California. Her sultry oil paintings often reflect dark, but sparkly real life surroundings adorned with tattooed beauties and fish-net hookers. With an outstanding talent which seems to be reaching towards hyperrealism in some of her images, Fabia’s work is shocking, bright and original. Currently blowing up everywhere and exhibiting in New York until mid-February.
Devin Troy Strother knows how to throw a party on a canvas with his mixed media explosions of color and cut paper. He’s a California artist transplanted to Brooklyn, and he’s one to watch. When I look at his work, I hear loudness (in a good way).
I am in total awe of Nathan DeYoung’s work from late last year titled Windows and Mirrors. This thoughtfully intelligent California-based artist pays particular observation to real life subjects around him, and the result is an inquisitive exploration into the human condition. Through inspirational conjured up characters at the tip of his paint brush, DeYoung [...]
Delving into the ouvre of California artist Chrystal Chan, I was pleased to discover a whole world of whimsical fantasies — bunnies on clotheslines, butterflies and magical forests. She’s even got a section on her site for ‘cute paint’. Cute is certainly the word here.
I’ve always been a huge Milton Avery fan, so the instant I stumbled across the work of Californian artist Chi Birmingham, I was head over heals. I really enjoy how every year Birmingham decides to take his distinctive style in a new direction, from various American landscapes to basements (as if, after all those wide open landscapes, he needed to feel a little more protected?), to various everyday rooms (not quite ready to venture back into the wide outdoors, but tired of the dank basement day in day out?). I’d certainly recommend popping by Birmingham’s blog as well, as the subject matter on there are a lot of fun doodles and cool figurative bits.