IN L.A.: Augustine Kofie @ Known Gallery

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This past weekend we stopped by the opening reception of “Working An Angle”, Augustine Kofie’s first solo show at Known Gallery in Los Angles. The show featured 40 recent works including hand painted multiple screen prints, collage on wood as well as paintings on canvas and wood. Photos and more after the jump..

Top 20 Graffiti Artists To Know Right Now

Top List // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Everyone knows the classic, legendary names of graffiti... Dondi, Seen, Revolt, Twist, Futura, Blade, Revok, Saber, the list goes on. But what about if someone were to ask you about active writers? Maybe you are in a bar conversation and someone wants to know a few good men to check out. We compiled a list of 20 Graffiti Artists You Should Know Right Now, those who are doing interesting things, a lot of things, and are really good doing it.

"Beauty Is Embarrassing": A Documentary on Wayne White

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wayne White, featured in our June 2012 issue of the magazine,  maker of the wonderful "word paintings" and the former art director of Pee-wee's Playhouse, had a documentary of his life and art, Beauty is Embarrassing, released and circulating through the film festival circuit. The film is a "funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White."

Manuel Birnbacher's Civil War Portraits

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
In David Lynch's famed and well-loved television series Twin Peaks, Benjamin Horne re-enacts and reverses the outcome of the Civil War as a means of coping with a mental breakdown; by reversing the outcome of the war in the role of General Robert E. Lee, Horne is reverting the crisis that has troubled his own life. We're not sure if Manuel Birnbacher's reason for remixing and reworking these Civil War-era portraits has any similar connection to a personal crisis . . .

Mini Japanese Paper Cities by Yumiko Matsui

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Dioramas of any kind really make us pay attention, and perhaps that is because it brings out the grade school in all of us. NYC-based Yumiko Matsui has made the grandest of dioramas, an entire Japanese city created in a mini-paper version. Not only does she create the busy advertising and bustling skylines, she even creates the illuminated night billboards.

Pictures On Walls Jubilee Special including Banksy's "Er..."

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
San Francisco just celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge by exploding a bunch of fireworks off the famed ocean crossing. The British are set to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's royal jubilee. aka, 60 years on the throne (at the throne?). To celebrate, Pictures on Walls has a few prints to honor the jubilee, including Banksy's "Er..." file that is available for you to download and print yourself.

Preview: OakOak's "892 Miles" @ The Outsiders, Newcastle

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One of our favorite street artists/interventionists is France's OakOak, who takes the most simple public property and transforms it into his own version of a video game. Cinder blocks turn into the Scream, doorsteps into piano keys, etc. OakOak is set to open a brand new exhibition on June 1, 2012, 892 Miles, at Lazarides' The Outsiders space in Newcastle, England.

The Work of Sao Paulos' Zansky

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Zansky is an illustrator and graphic designer in São Paulo, Brasil. He prefers the traditional graphic arts, using printing processes such as offset, silkscreen, letterpress, engraving, and digital printing to create his final works. He has illustrated for magazines such as FFW Mag, Epoca Negocios and Motomag in Brazil and has a varietal portfolio of brightly abstract and lively illustration work that is balancing on the edges of both folk and surreal.

The Work of Mark Anthony Taduran

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Mark Anthony Taduran, or Markovah, is a digital artist from the Philippines. His concept art and erotic fantasy portraiture draw much of its inspiration from such games as Street Fighter, Darkstalker and DOTA. The illustrations of Taduran are other-worldy and heavily comic based, for all you gamers and fans, and show his incredible skill at digital painting and soft blending of toned young vixens.

Tomer's Gore Run

Illustration // Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A favorite over here, Tomer Hanuka, is a talented illustrator and a cartoonist based in New York City. He works on a range of projects for magazines, book publishers, ad agencies and film studios. Lucky for us, he breaks down his illustration process on some of his more intricate pieces, showing us the step-by-step evolution of his method for creating. He is currently developing an animated series for Canal Plus and working on a graphic novel for First Second.

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