In the past, my conceptual portrait illustrations have been mostly inspired by music. But I’ve always been drawn to the things that most people turn away from, and I enjoy illustrating these subjects in a style that is both beautiful and occasionally disturbing. I have just begun a new series called Phobophilia, in which I [...]
I can only pity the colourblind when entering the surreal world of Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno. There’s an incredible energy that seems to pop out of each rainbow artwork and the characters are just a little bit loveable.
Expressing an air of freedom, Sydney artist Lachie Hinton’s work explodes with colour and personality as he drops all limitations to ‘deviate from standard and expectation’. Combining charcoal, ink and acrylic, Hinton breathes life into his caricatures’, creating quirky, eccentric and beautiful subjects.
The paintings of Betzi Pipis capture the female face like no other. She achieves a remarkable depth of color that she either provokes with drippings or sedates with watercolor. From the tortured to the paroxysmal, Betzi’s technique delivers the rawest sense of emotion.
These colourful shining landscapes by the artist Kate Shaw are fascinating me: the structure is a chaotic disorder, like a puzzle, but you can’t put the pieces together. Perhaps it’s a warning that life doesn’t feel real anymore.
Well, this is awkward. How about I break the tension with some third-person statements? Yeah? Ok. Dan Stafford is a London-based, Mancunian born image-maker with a dazzling approach to the use of colour and ideas in his illustrations. Dan’s work is often concerned with the political or sensational, describing contemporary culture with a frenetic sense of panic and playfulness.
Tokyo-based illustrator Fmio Watanabe has managed to create beautiful storybook-like landscapes that look so perfect I’d swear they were digital. But they aren’t; they’re hand painted. These works of art are all done using ridiculously tiny paintbrushes, gouache, and acrylic paint.
I desperately want the bold, explosive colours in Theo Altenberg’s paintings to hang on my walls. The 59 year-old German artist dabbles across several artistic genres, including photography, writing, singing, acting, performing and painting.
I love the new work from Antoine Corbineau, a French illustrator now based in Paris, having spent several years in both London and New York — where he notably designed The Electric Company’s new identity at WeArePlus.