Alberto del Pozo's Saints of Santeria

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Alberto del Pozo's "Oricha Collection" depicts the principal gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria in lavish, stunning detail. The Orishas can be traced back to the 19th Century slave trade, when thousands of Nigerian citizens were taken from their Yoruba homes to be sold as slaves in the new world. In Cuba, the slaves were introduced to Catholicism, resulting in a new blend of Yoruba and Christian beliefs. The Yoruba gods were then identified with Catholic saints, and allowed many generations of slaves to practice their religion under the guise of Christian liturgy. This new religion came to be known as "Santeria," or "way of the saints."

Eyedrop Art by You Si

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
You Si, a Beijing artist, explores new possibilities of ink painting by using eyedroppers to deploy colors and ink onto a flat surface, a kind of Eastern Jackson Pollock. Chinese Art has a long history of ink painting, yet You Si is reinventing this centuries-old tradition by shifting his tools and technique. His works are bursting with dynamic forms, suggestive of flowers petals, cells, amoebas, jungles or supernovas. Titles include "The Passage Between Space and Time," "Evolving Garden" and "Wave in Outer Space," evoking a kind of psychedelic otherworld. He describes his paintings simply as "mental universes."

"The Beatles in Comic Strips": A Collection of Comic Book Apperances

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Beatles are ubiquitous. John Lennon may no longer be with us, but his voice still echoes on radios, CDs, record players, and computers across the globe. It's no wonder that the fab four have made a whole book worth of comic strip appearances, all of which are riddled with beautiful illustrations and imaginative adaptations of the pop music masters.

The Third Eye of Emma Kunz

Illustration // Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Emma Kunz was a healer and visual artist who has only broken into the art world posthumously. Her images are reminiscent of Buddhist maps of the universe--mandalas--and many have noted that to see them correctly you must appraise them with "your third eye." Originally they were created to be placed on the floor next to the clients the artist was seeing; they functioned as therapeutic tools rather than pieces of art. Kunz was said to have been telepathic and even divine, and discovered a "healing stone" that is used today in herbal medicine. 

Benjamin A. Vierling's Mythical Portraiture

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
San Francisco born artist Benjamin A. Vierling's works are created using egg tempra and oil pigments mixed together, a method employed by masters of the 14th and 15th centuries. Benjamin specializes in mythical portraiture and his works are collected around the world.

Aimei Ozaki's Painted Succulents

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
This series by Aimei Ozaki entitled Baudelaire is likely named after French Poet Charles Baudelaire who's most famous work Les Fleurs Du Mal translates to 'The Flowers of Evil'. Her pieces capture the subtle beauty in the color spectrum which succulents produce.

Sin Hye Kim aka SSIN

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
Sin hye Kim (aka SSIN) is a South Korean artist and graduate of Hong-lk University in Seoul. Her large-scale pieces are incredibly detailed. If you take a look at the profile section of her website, you will notice that the works are signifigantly bigger than the artist. Sin creates with Korean ink on Korean paper.

Adam Friedman's Mysterious Landscapes

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
'Modern societies attempt to understand and explain the mysteries of nature through various tangible human lenses such as science, technology, painting, literature, photography, etc. We also do so through more abstract methods such as “…intangible, metaphorical tools of the mind – contrast, remembrance, analogy…” And in both cases we “bring our own worlds to bear in foreign landscapes in order to clarify them for ourselves.” (Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams). 

K L Ricks Illustration

Illustration // Monday, January 13, 2014
K L Ricks is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist, originally from Massachusetts. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, now living in New England. Her rendering style is consistently raw and expressive, with heavy contrasting linework and a touch of abstraction.

Timothy J. Reynolds: 3-D Renderings

Illustration // Saturday, January 11, 2014
Turnislefthome is the independent studio of 3D Illustrator Timothy J. Reynolds. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. Now currently living and working in Milwaukee, WI. Proud father of a Cockapoo puppy named Wembley. Yes, named after the Fraggle.  


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