The Work of Masumi Sakamoto

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Osaka-born artist Masumi Sakamoto eliminates extra background in her paintings to emphasize the characteristics of the figures, striving to explore what lays beneath the skin. Posed like fashion models and pop stars, the androgynous children in her paintings are like the characters in fairy tales: far from reality. With her optimistic expressions, Sakamoto covers tough situations in modern society with beautiful colors and thoughtful compositions. We look forward to more work from this promising young artist.

‘Airline Visual Identity: 1945-1975’ by Matthias C. Hühne

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
School just started so obviously it’s time to think about the next vacation. And in Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne, we get a delicious glimpse of vacations past. This beautiful large-format book explores the stylish examples of the best commercial art created by some of the best creative minds of the time, such as Ivan Chermayeff, Otl Aicher, Massimo Vignellli and Academy Award winner Saul Bass. Printed with a total of seventeen colors, five varnishes and two methods of foil printing and embossing, this book will give you a museum-like experience.

Drawings and Murals by Hyuro

Illustration // Thursday, September 03, 2015
We've been big fans of Spanish artist Hyro's work for a while now and thought it was about time for a little update on the site. Here is a small collection of both her drawings and street work, which can be seen all over the world.

DIA-Commissioned Artist's Renderings of Soviet Weaponry

Illustration // Monday, August 31, 2015
During the Cold War, the DIA commissioned artists to illustrate accurate portrayal of Soviet military systems to accompany official briefings. The collection contains more than 1000 paintings and drawings completed between 1965 and 1989. Computer-generated graphics would replace this type of illustrated art in the late 80s.

Björn Griesbach's Hollow Children

Illustration // Friday, August 28, 2015
German illustrator Björn Griesbach knows how to give you haunting dreams. One of his more recent series, "Hollow Children," features grinning children with dark smudged faces that, to be honest, are pretty terrifying. Griesbach primarily works on commissioned illustration projects for novels and other literature but also finds time for personal projects when he can.

The Work of Stephanie Inagaki

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 27, 2015
Weaving elements of masterful line work and a strong sense of heritage, the work of Stephanie Inagaki uses Japanese mythology and folk tales as the source for her intimate presentations of the manners in which we relate to the ones we love, the often painful lessons learned in the experience, and ultimately the blossoming discovery of self...

Nuria Riaza's Ballpoint Illustrations

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
Nuria Riaza's blue ballpoint drawings are meticulous, in every sense of the word. Not only are they exquisitely rendered with detailed, fine linework, but each piece displays the artist's very careful deliberation and composition (her grids of collected knick-knacks are a neat freak's dream). Riaza graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.

Daniel Arzola's "No Soy Tu Chiste" Queer Activism Illustrations

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Venezuelan illustrator and activist Daniel Arzola has created an art campaign addressing prominent issues in the queer community such as same-sex marriage, bullying, gender fluidity, identity, and homophobia. According to Arzola, it’s the “first Venezuelan viral campaign that through art raised awareness of prejudice and violent acts performed against the LGBTI community around the world.” 

The Surreal World of Fabien Mérelle

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
'Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolour. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences. Working on a minute scale against a sparse white background, Mérelle prompts the viewer to individually examine his figures and peer into a world, which from the outset may appear as our own, but upon closer inspection is a rendering of a personal streaming subconscious...'

Buddy Nestor's Eerie Unportraiture

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
In Buddy Nestor's portraits, the depiction of an outward self disintegrates and mutates in order to convey a spiritual interior. “My latest series of paintings are portraits of female artists.  These physical and psychological images are my attempt to capture the true nature of humanity.  They are spiritual X-Rays.  The models that I use in my work are all beautiful women.  However, there is nothing beautiful about the portraits I create.”   
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