I’ve been a fan of Dave White’s expressive and energetic style for a while now and his latest work continues my admiration. Natural Selection is perfect for his technique, allowing him to capture the movement and life in the animals he is portraying, whilst using his energetic brushstrokes.
I am fascinated by Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. I am always distracted yet attentive at the same time at every background scene. Kazuo Oga is the man behind most of background drawings of Ghibli’s studio movies, such as My Neighbor Totoro.
Swiss artist Andy Denzler lives and works in Zurich. Denzler take advantages of his abstract process with a particular use of brush and application of color that creates a blurred figure and a moderate distance from that individual figure.
I recently discovered this artist and he has really inspired me. The way he manages his curved lines blows me away. There is rhythm in his paintings, and I can imagine how his arms moved as he was painting. I like the way he superimposes different shapes and colors while still delivering a very clean result.
I am an 18 year old soon-to-be art student from Norway. All though I enjoy creating art using various techniques, my favorite is acrylic painting. The color scheme of my paintings tend to be blue, which I was once told is a result of the blueness of Scandinavian weather. Looking out of the window right now, everything does seem blue tinted.
Los Angeles based artist Jason Shawn Alexander is one of my favorite painters. His expressionist figures are abstract, exaggerated, and at the same time, very real: like something from a half remembered dream. His work creates dark and personal narratives that capture strange moments of human drama.
I am currently exhibiting my first American exhibition at the Substrate Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition features abstract paintings, collages and screen prints. All of the works have a story behind them. Some of them are tied to events that have taken place on tour, or by situations I have found myself in. I paint in the same way that I approach creating music: finding that if you have a strict plan, it never ends up as you have imagined, with the mystical process of creating being the reward in itself.
I work as a mixed-media freelance illustrator. My paintings combine both traditional media and digital elements to create rich multi-layered works. Recently, I created illustrations for a book of short stories called Boy of Bone: Twelve Stories Inspired by the Mutter Museum.
Aikawa Masaru reproduces CDs by hand on canvas. Each item is hand-painted: front and back cover, disc, lyrics, stickers, everything. On each of the CDs, he also sings the entire albums by himself. As he explains: ‘I have passionately and respectfully duplicated the music a cappella’. I’ve heard it and let me tell you, it’s so bad, it’s good.
The majority of the vintage photos we see of people are usually associated with the feeling of innocence. Artist David Lyle re-imagines vintage and vernacular photographs from 1950s and 60s America by adding a twist of dark humor into them in his new series of work, Misbehaving. The crucial element is that each image goes through a thorough reductive painting process, rendered using only black and white paint and turpentine. Inspired by vintage photographs, he infuses cultural references that are both iconic and familiar, making us ask ourselves: ‘Were we really so good back then?’ and if not, ‘Are we really so bad now?’
I recently had the good fortune to find myself at the Oakland, California, studio of painter and sculptor, Jennifer Muskopf. She was working on a new series of Cave Paintings with gouache and marker on paper. They are introspective, mysterious and very beautiful. They are not online yet, but here is a teaser. You can check out her other awesome work at her website.
There is something emotionally evocative about Shannon Bonatakis’s art, something that I can only describe as ‘hauntingly beautiful’. Strongly stylised and detailed, it’s simply stunning work. She’s putting up a strong resistance to the idea so far, but I’m still trying to persuade her to teach me how to paint like that.
Montgomery, Texas-based artist, Paul Meyer contributed a painting for the recent ART from the Ashes Lost Pines Recovery benefit exhibition in Austin. The work, Mutable Maintenance, became one of the focal pieces of the show. His work is at once textural, sculptural and gloriously subtle. Look once at a piece and it may appear to be a landscape of texture and shape; look closer, and characters and stories emerge.
Ian Francis’s art is all about exploring notions of the Internet, celebrity, cinema, global fears and threats, pornography, the over saturation of the mass media, and thirst for news coverage of sex, death, war. Using vast and often empty landscapes, with hints of despair, melancholy and alienation, Francis plays figurative elements against abstract backgrounds, using the act of painting as a way of processing the information gathered from Internet binges and forging a world of escapism within his paintings.
Kim Jong Il wearing heart shaped Elton John style glasses, what’s not to like? Scheidly’s excellent series of paintings entitled Portraits: A Series of Fabulous Depictions of Tyrants, Dictators and Popes is bound to entertain and shock in equal measures.