There’s just not enough surrealism in the world, which makes Robert Lucy’s paintings extra important to me. I believe he refers to them as ‘figurative’, but I’ve never seen dolls like these before. Maybe they are magical realism. I first got turned on to his work at an open house in Bushwick, Since then, he’s […]
Ever wanted to be in someone else’s brain? My new series, Welcome to the Journal is a trip inside my head and what I think about via a journal I kept a few years ago. Visually, I combined the look of a classic greeting card with a bit of Deep Thoughts, made famous by American […]
Anna Kristensen’s photo-realistic panoramic oil painting installation, Indian Chamber, is a purpose built structure which brings the viewer into the painting for a fully immersive experience. Kristensen’s painting of the Jenolan Caves (an open cave system near Sydney) is a highly detailed 360 degree view with no beginning or end.
Australian artist Zoe Sernack channels the beauty of natural forms in her recent botanical paintings which display a beautifully orchestrated balance between vibrant summer colours, composition and form.
Up and coming Sydney-based artist Sam Holt is having an exclusive one night only pop-up show and you’re invited. Using a palette reflective to his environment, Holt captures mood and feeling in one seriously solid collection of abstract paintings.
There’s Google Street View. And then there’s Google Street View paintings. Through the use of the Google API, Raul Moyado Sandoval expands the limits of traditional painting to create paintings that can be expanded in all directions. Geek art, we call that.
Artist Adam S Doyle creates beautifully graphic images imbued with simple, rich texture, showing a kind of restraint that many illustrators can learn from. Being neither simplistic nor flashy, his bird paintings are a prime example of less being more, provided you know what you’re doing.
Finding an artist who works outside of their comfort zone is rare. Natalie Frank is one of today’s pioneers who throws herself off the edge she dangles from. It took seconds for me to realize she was approaching next level work when I first saw her paintings at the Armory in New York. Her recent show at Frederick & Freiser Gallery exemplified how her style has evolved even further since regaining the use of her left eye, curing her dimensional blindness.
I am an illustrator, artist, and designer in my last year at the Art Center College of Design. I love producing editorial work and portraiture paintings, but I make sure not to limit myself, as I had recently illustrated and wrote a children’s book to make guns unappealing to kids.
Using homely toothpicks as his sole form of paint application, JoKa’s laborious process of ‘hyper-pointillism’ results in work that is delicate and complex. Known for bright and vivid pieces with skewed imagery and sense of humor, JoKa takes a slightly darker turn for upcoming exhibit, The Noise in the Basement. Taking cues from the show’s title, his new body of work is a collection of the things hidden and buried. JoKa distorts familiar images into the surreal to create work that is ethereal and hauntingly beautiful. The Noise in the Basement opened on October 6 at WWA Gallery and will be on view through November 3.
APP ART is a quirky exhibit of new works by Chris Georgalas and Peter J. Ketchum at the scruffy TNC Gallery on 1st Ave, New York. With warped sensibilities Ketchum investigates the past refelected in vintage printed matter: ads, card games, matchbooks and black and white photos from the 1860s to the 1960s. In repurposing these words and images, the new work becomes uniquely his own. Actually, who else would claim them? Georgalas combines images with found objects – a full BED! – to make funny, melancholy, challenging pictures. He’s been called the new Duchamp. Yikes! The exhibition runs until October 26.
By Emma Johnson in New Illustration on Tuesday 9 October 2012
What girl doesn’t dream about owning the new IT bag? Illustrator Enzo Pérès-Labourdette showcases beautiful bags in a lush, dark, forest decor. I wish I could have all of them in my wardrobe, but right now, I’m just as content looking at these beautiful illustrations.
Michael Carini’s creative visions illuminate the human condition as he delves into the uncensored depths of his mind and invites you to catch a glimpse of the other side. It is a journey depicted through weaving blasts of light, color, and energy trapped within the boundlessness of space. As his hands and brush create a musical dialogue and dance across the canvas, Carini describes his technique as a poetically alchemical process based upon the principals of equivalent exchange.
French street art duo TSF Crew recently created a large anamorphic painting of a robot. The painting is done in such a way that, at the right angle, it seems as if the robot is reaching out to grab the viewer. However, if the viewing angle is changed, the image of the robot breaks apart. This is a wonderfully thought-provoking and dynamic optical illusion.
By Emma Johnson in New Illustration on Wednesday 25 July 2012
I recently came across the work of illustrator Enzo Pérès-Labourdette for the first time at Schiphol Airport while leafing through Dutch fashion magazine, Jackie. He creates amazing illustrations, filled with vibrant colours and detail.