James Jirat Patradoon at the First Draft Gallery

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Events on Wednesday 28 January 2009

Stranglehold, at Sydney’s First Draft Gallery, is an exhibition of new drawings and screenprints by James Jirat Patradoon, exploring his take on fantasy hyper-masculinity with portraits inspired by slasher movie villains, pro wrestlers, biker gangs, and Elvis. This series examines notions of deferred mascullinities: confused and misdirected rites of passage informed more by cartoons and action heroes than by reality itself. Drawn in a style influenced by the comics and cartoons of his youth, Jirat Patradoon’s images of fist-fights and tough-guy bravado consider the idea of violence as the purest form of masculine statement and its integral place in the male mythos. The exhibition opens on February 4.

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Mike Bertino

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Tuesday 16 September 2008

I’m really enjoying the beautiful work of artist Mike Bertino. Each piece is like ten stories crammed full of pop references and then wedged cheek-to-cheek into one glorious, colorful piece of surreal, eye popping goodness.

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Ryan Heshka

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Friday 22 August 2008

I just adore the retro, colorful paintings of Vancouver illustrator Ryan Heshka. Teeming with curvacious bombshells and sci-fi monsters running amok, Heshka most certainly has the retro B-movie aesthetic down to an artform. As an added bonus, Heshka even dedicates a section of his portfolio to his childhood drawings. This guy clearly had skills from […]

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Antonio de Pascale

Kate Barnett Reader Find

By Kate Barnett in New Art on Tuesday 6 May 2008

Antonio de Pascale is somewhat of a modern pop artist. He recreates familiar supermarket packaging with highly detailed illustrative narratives.

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Joe Coleman

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 29 April 2008

Joe Coleman’s paintings are a feverish cross between Ivan Albright-inspired grotesqueness and R. Crumb-like pop-social critique.

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The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Jenn Porreca Reader Find

By Jenn Porreca in New Products on Saturday 5 April 2008

I paid a visit to the local bookstore the other morning and came across The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and back again).

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Yumiko Kayukawa

Kate Barnett Reader Find

By Kate Barnett in New Art on Wednesday 12 March 2008

Artist Yumiko Kayukawa states: ‘I’d rather my paintings hang next to rock star pin-ups than on museum walls. Ultimately, I want to connect with people all over the world on that level’.

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