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.
Los Angeles-based pop realist painter, Robert Townsend, is a sucker for vintage items. And he paints suckers, too. Vintage matchbooks, postcards and moments of wanderlust play reoccurring themes in his work, along with sweets like cupcakes and lollipops. Sprinkled in the mix are glimpses of his sense of humor, like his 72×48 inch oil painting of a used car salesman named Bill Connor.
Seeing things in nature that we generally not notice, Bristol-based artist Rose Sanderson creates paintings of insects using book covers as her canvas. Inspired by the study of insects and strange creatures, what others may find disgusting, she finds beautiful. This series of works opens up on how fragile life is through her use of mixed media that portrays decay. She intends for us to appreciate life, whether it be ours or everything wonderful nature offers.
This beautiful portrait, painted by my sister, was selected as a finalist in Australia’s prestigious annual art award, The Archibald Prize. Kate Tucker also painted the cover art for Australian songwriter Missy Higgins’ third album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, with design by We Buy Your Kids.The film clip for the single, Unashamed Desire [watch below], contains a sprinkling of colour, inspired by Kate’s paintings.
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Sergio Mora is probably one of my favorite artists ever. I just can’t get enough of looking at his adorable tattoo series. And his illustrations and paintings are absolutely captivating. I love the humor and the surrealism in his pieces. Just when I think he couldn’t get better, he comes up with a new piece that totally blows my mind.
Photo-realism, anyone? I am not a painter, but I can only imagine how time consuming this type of painting is with ONE image to paint. Pakayla Biehn is what happens when someone takes it to the next level, or to the second exposure. Pakayla paints the dual imagery of nature and humanity that result in whimsical landscapes of the imagination.
London-based artist Ben H presents some genuinely current and engaging works from his Paid and Played series. Politics, social media and humanity are continuously addressed in a style that’s beautifully comic, fun and dead-pan in places.
Kris Knight is a Canadian painter influenced by symbolist and romantic painting. I particularly like the expression of his faces and the ethereal and shiny skins that he gives his subjects. Knight paints boys and girls that are between youth and adulthood: ambiguous portraits, full of innocence and erotism.
Michael is an English artist living in Egypt. He uses a variety of medians, including oil paints. His focus was his circle of friends and a study into their importance in his life. The size of his work varies greatly: from six large canvases to a small sketches on paper.