Intricate Etchings by Ikuma Nao

Illustration // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We came across Japanese artist Ikuma Nao's etchings and copper engravings the other day and were immediately taken by them. Nao has had two solo exhibitions at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, both featuring her copperplate engravings.

Greg 'Craola' Simkins "Where Am I" @ KP Projects, LA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In his latest solo exhibition, Where Am I, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins creates mythical landscapes inspired by childhood curiosity and awe. The title is a nod to Simkin’s Graffiti roots as a part of WAI and can also read as a dual reaction to entering fantastical lands bewildering and unknown. Simkin’s paints a world he calls ‘The Outside,’ an uninhibited setting where reveries hit the canvas at full speed. Anthropomorphized animals and fanciful critters explore and rebel on a grand scale in an alternate reality where fish fly and birds can swim.

The Hundreds by Kenny Scharf

Fashion // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Hundreds just announced the release of The Hundreds by 3x Juxtapoz cover artist Kenny Scharf. Hailing from the East Village Art movement of the ‘80s, painter, muralist, sculptor, and madman Kenny Scharf has been delighting viewers with his effervescent paintings since his days alongside Keith Haring.

The Artwork of Mika Nitta

Illustration // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We're loving the beautiful illustrative work of Japanese artist Mika Nitta. With the kind of intricacy, attention to detail and the solid composition and palette that she portrays in her work, all you need to know is that it speaks for itself. 

The 191st Street Tunnel Beautification Project

Street Art // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The New York City Department of Transportation's Art Program has collaborated with six artists to present dynamic, colorful murals along the nine-hundred-foot tunnel in Washington Heights. From a warm welcome, to complex geometric patterns, to rolling landscapes and positive messaging, these murals take pedestrians on an art-filled journey between the street and the 1 train.

“ONE HUNDRED SEATS – THE 113TH” by Colin Todd

Photography // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In his series “ONE HUNDRED SEATS – THE 113TH”, New York-based photographer Colin Todd takes official portraits provided by the members of the 113th US Senate and attempts to remove the subject from the portrait completely. In addition to being a blunt political statement, the series comments on tropes in the very specific genre of official portraiture. 

Update: Mikitype's Body Lettering

Erotica // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Mikitype is a calligrapher and Type Designer whose avant-garde approach to typology is both clean and thrilling. These gorgeous photographs of calligraphy hand-painted onto models gives the art of type an entirely new dimension, meshing fashion and design, body and word.

Felipe Pantone's "Opticromías" @ Delimbo Gallery, Spain

Graffiti // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Currently residing in Valencia, Spain, Felipe Pantone is an exceptionally talented graffiti writer who has no problem bringing his skills into a gallery setting. For his exhibition Opticromías, Pantone created a series of sculptural installations and paintings in his signature glitched out, geometric and multi-layered esthetic.

Update: Intricate Paper Sculptures Rogan Brown

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Drawing inspiration from natural organic forms, Rogan Brown looks for "patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales." Each piece involves a labor-intesive process creating thousands of hand-cut slices. "The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation."

Paintings by Léopold Rabus

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This morning we take a look at the work of Swiss artist Leopold Rabus. The figures in Rabus' work are very often gruesome, awkward, a little crazy and darkly humorous. They are reconfigurations and caricatures of people from his neighborhood and life in Neuchatel.

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