The Paintings of Victor Rodriguez

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
Taking a wander around the world wide web this morning, taking notes and checking names, and we stopped at the work of Brooklyn-based, Mexico City-born fine artist and portrait painter Victor Rodriguez. We like the mix of styles and surreal-additions to his portraits, which at first appear to be simple hyperreal depictions but upon closer looks have dream-like, cinematic qualities to them. 

The Gruesome Works of Naoki Sasayama

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
We aren't normally showing gruesome paintings on this site (okay, sometimes there is a little blood and guts, but not car crash stuff). But when we came across the dark, bloody, accident portraits of Naoki Sasayama, we couldn't help but feel a little intrigued and grossed-out all at the same time. Which we guess means they are causing a "reaction." And in that reaction, we sort of want to let everyone know we don't like blood, just in case you were wondering... 

The "No Fly" Poster Series

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
From Creative Review, on a unique poster art curation project that takes abandoned, disused public space and adds public art. "Since January 2013, [curator Jon] Bland – a designer at Manchester agency Music – has released seven quad size posters designed by seven different creatives each month, all featuring the phrase 'No Fly Posters'. The finished designs are displayed on boarded-up windows on a disused former pub in Ancoats, an industrial suburb near Manchester's Northern Quarter."

The Pond, The Mirror, The Kaleidoscope @ School of Visual Arts, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
This summer, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City will focus on the neo-Symbolist movement with the exhibition The Pond, The Mirror, The Kaleidoscope, a collection of 30 paintings, drawings and sculptures from emerging and established graduates from one of the the leading art schools in the US.  Curated by Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department and respected artist in his own right, the show will feature both names familiar to Juxtapoz such as James Jean, Mu Pan, and Timothy Okamura, but also some of our favorites in Mark Lang, Sakura Maku, and Martin Wittfooth.

The Utopian Future by Tristram Lansdowne

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
If the future looks like this, sign us up. The paintings by Tristram Lansdowne remind us of those amazing, massive futuristic SimCity 2000 apartment complexes that house thousands upon thousands of people and look like Ecotopia. Only these little worlds are floating over a flooded earth, possibly the result of global climate change's ultimate ending. Or maybe they are just wonderfully imaginative. Has anyone ever read Ecotopia? Was that just our college course on Utopian literature?

7 Deadly Sins by Anton Senkov

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
A beautiful set of cyanotype illustrations by Anton Senkov, illustrating the seven deadly sins. As Senkov notes on his site, "My diploma project at Belarusian State Academy of Arts... [a] series of illustration for "Seven deadly sins" by Milorad Pavić." Stunning works...

Cept "Mind In Transit" @ Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
This Saturday, July 27, former Juxtapoz featured artist, Mike Ballard aka CEPT, will open a new solo show, Mind In Transit, at Known Gallery in Los Angeles. We had good friend Roger Gastman interview and say a few kind words about the UK-based CEPT, who will be celebrating his very first United States exhibition.

All in the Eyes: The Hyperreal Portraits of Ruben Belloso

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
When we post hyperreal fine artists, we like to see them in context with their work as it gives the painting a more intense, dramatic feel. So looking at Ruben Belloso standing next to his work, in process, makes these portraits all the more better. Even though we kind of want one of the paintings to put its shirt on.

Flash Art of Amund Dietzel @ Milwaukee Art Museum

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
In conjunction with Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebration, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents its first tattoo exhibition, highlighting the work of Amund Dietzel, who came to Milwaukee in 1913. This exhibition celebrates one hundred years since Dietzel’s arrival, and in the midst of what many consider a renaissance of tattooing, the Museum is proud to present the work of one of its earliest masters. Dietzel helped define the look of the “traditional” or “old school” tattoo, kept the practice alive through two world wars, and passed on his craft to future generations.

Swiss Army Knife: A Factory Tour of Victorinox

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 25, 2013
There are few people that I would get up at 4am for, let alone travel from London to Zurich and back in a day for. But for my old friends at Juxtapoz, and for one of the world’s most iconic design companies – Victorinox, I definitely made that exception. Everyone I know wanted to accompany me on the trip and I enjoyed watching my friend’s faces flush with excitement and jealousy, listening to them recount childhood memories of their fathers and grandfathers owning a Victorinox Swiss Army knife.

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