Best of 2014: Jenny Morgan, September Cover Artist

Vault // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Adding something fresh and necessary to the genre of portraiture may seem impossible, but in that realm, Jenny Morgan is crushing it. Don't label her paintings figurative or photoreal. Her extraordinary skills for rendering the human figure are beside the point. Layers of the unconscious are revealed in the reductive abstraction of her portraits.

The work of Rachel Fagiano

Illustration // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Through her work, Rachel Fagiano uses illustration, painting, sculpture and installation art to explore the ways in which representations of bodies can explicitly or implicitly reflect on cultural and political issues in the spaces we occupy. 'I am particularly interested in formative moments--corporeal and cerebral--and how they are instrumental in creating individual and collective identities.' Thanks for the reader submission Rachel!

Where 60% of all the Christmas decorations in the world are made

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Most "things" in the world are made in China, and by things I mean consumer products. Nothing says consumerism like Christmas, and one had to wonder at some point where all the Xmas decorations come from. Well, 60% of the world's Christmas decorations are made in around 600 factories in Yiwa, China. Don't tell your kids. These aren't elves hard at work. 

Scene Report: Bay Area

Graffiti // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Gordon Gekkoh delivers this week’s Bay Area Scene Report.

Amiko Li’s “Maiden Voyage”

Photography // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Through the use of subtlety and acute observations, Chinese photographer Amiko Li creates a reticent narrative in his series “Maiden Voyage”. Though the images give little guidance as to what Li’s exact visual tale is, the images’ titles give us a piece of the puzzle. 

Embroidery Butts, Breasts, and Maybe Some Junk by Sally Hewett

Erotica // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tis the season. Think about it. Grandpa opens his package, and instead of a coxy blanket, he gets a pair of embroidered breasts. We think this is safer than a nudie mag subscription. UK-based Sally Hewett creates embroidered art of our privates, from breasts to butts to junk and more. She even leaves a little hair in there for authenticity. 

Best of 2014: Garbage Pail Kids artist Tom Bunk

Vault // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
An overnight success and goldmine for the Topps Company, Garbage Pail Kids were characterized by their ingeniously ill-fated deaths and cleverly named characters. There was no single illustrator but rather a collective effort by a very small group of talented artists. One of those talents responsible for a significant chunk of Garbage Pail Kids art was Tom Bunk.

Paintings by Riccardo Mannelli

Erotica // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Riccard Mannelli is a self-taught Italian cartoonist and artist who started his career in the 1970s focusing on portraits and satirical art works characterized by an expressionist style. He worked for various national and international newspapers and took a leading role in satirical magazines. Since 1995 he has been the coordinator of the Department of Illustration at the European Institute of Design where he teaches Anatomy and life drawing.

In the Magazine: Lee Chen Dao

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
While most of us will probably never find ourselves in scenes like these, we have all experienced the same emotions, ambiguous interactions and relationships he describes—confusion, embarrassment, helplessness, phoniness, lust, indulgence, anger and sadness. A self-described “modern day storyteller with an old soul,” Lee Chen-Dao expresses these sensibilities with hints of irony and an air of elegance, employing classical painting techniques to describe timeless human emotions and interactions in a modern context  

Artist Illustrates Her Daughter’s Fashion Choices

Illustration // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rather than capturing endless childhood photos, artist Jenny Williams has been illustrating her daughter Clementine’s excellent outfits. Williams posts the drawings of the tween’s outfits on her blog, What My Daughter Wore, and a book of the same name was just released. Williams also draws the outfits of her sons and her kids’ friends, and has always recorded her children’s lives through drawing.

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