Artist Interview: Raymond Lemstra

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Inspired by primitive art, Raymond Lemstra focuses on using the most basic components of drawing to evoke a visceral human response. The world Lemstra continues to build with every drawing is both subdued and wonderfully rich, full of mystery and totemic power. "I would happily embrace any comparison to how a kid starts drawing," says Lemstra in our interview, in which he expands on the primitive technique, being an illustrator, his childhood in the Netherlands and hanging out with Moebius.

Joan Salo's Pen Drawings on Canvas

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
We are enjoying the vibrant pen work of Spanish artist Joan Salo. Joan works out of Barcelona and Berlin, creating rich works on canvas solely using pen and ink.

Best of 2013: When Dog Grooming Goes Too Far

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 25, 2013: These photos by Ren Netherland of dogs at a grooming competition leave us at a loss for words. Poor dogs. But, wow.

Best of 2013: Kim Keever's Water Tank Diorama Photography

Photography // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 20, 2013: Kim Keever shoots large-scale photographs of incredibly detailed landscapes in a 200-gallon tank of water. The tank is filled with water or dry ice and lit with gel-covered lights to transform the strange world into a hazy, fantastical world. The behind-the-scenes is just as fascinating as the photographs themselves!

New Book Carvings From Guy Laramée

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Throughout the last year we have posted many different artists who have been using old books as a medium for their art. By carving, slicing, gluing, stacking, and collaging the pages and spines of books, the artists have been creating incredible works of art from otherwise discarded and forgotten about printed materials. One of these artists, Guy Laramée, recently took a 24-volume set of the now discontinued Encyclopedia Britannica and transformed it into a mountain range. The piece, titled Adieu, is inspired by the announcement that the company would cease printing of the book sets.

Converse Wall to Wall: Buff Monster in Brooklyn, NY

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
An emerging force in the art world, Buff Monster painted an enormous wall in Williamsburg -- graced with his passion for characters and pink -- for the new Converse Wall to Wall, featured on the back cover of the December, 2013 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.

Vibe Israel: Klone Studio Visit / Alfred Gallery

Illustration // Monday, December 23, 2013
This past week, as Juxtapoz's illustration editor, I was granted a trip out to Israel to explore the rich cultural and creative landscape in and around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I came across the two person show Klone and Meshullam put together at Alfred Gallery, and set up some time to chat with the amazingly accommodating artist Klone in his studio in southern Tel Aviv...

Best of 2013: Fulvio di Piazza, May 2013

Vault // Monday, December 23, 2013
All month, we have been going back to our archvies from both the web and our print edition, finding some of our favorite posts and articles from 2013. Today we look back at an article in our print edition from May 2013, where we featured the amazing surreal paintings of Italian artist, Fulvio di Piazza. For the piece, we had fellow Italian painter Nicola Verlato get inside the head of Mr di Piazza, and because of it, the article gets... well, a little heady... 

Christmas GIFs

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 23, 2013
London-based artist and designer Ryan Todd gathered a fun collection of GIFs from a group of illustrators, animators, and directors from all over the world. Check out some of our favorites after the jump...

ROA "Paper Trails" @ White Walls, SF

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 23, 2013
In a surprise when we attended Ferris Plock's opening at White Walls in SF a few weeks back, we saw an amazing, immersive installation created by ROA in the backroom of the gallery. Just stepping into the space was an incredible experience, with so many details and pieces to take in from the constantly traveling Belgian artist. From the press release, its states that Paper Trails is based on "a new collection of animals encountered through the artists' profuse and worldwide travels."

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