Paintings and Drawings by Hollis Brown Thornton

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hollis Brown Thornton's drawings and paintings of cassettes, video games, polaroid film, and VHS tapes remind us of being young in the '90s (because we were young then). It reminds us of what it was like to deal with all this old technology once it became irrelevant, and it also reminds us of all the memories that are attached to these objects.

Jen Ray's Fantastical Female Warriors

Illustration // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jen Ray’s drawings are militantly detailed filigrees of judicious line and colour; the artist’s hand enunciates sparring Amazonian women, who inhabit decaying, semi-surrealist and strangely beautiful wastelands. These female warriors, resplendent in their sexualized uniforms, are often seen violently charging with bellicose flags, warring amid apocalyptically upturned vehicles and phantasmagoric architecture. Their un-patriarchal world tumbles smoke from its underbelly, and serrated fantastical mountains appear as bejeweled apparitions, sharply erupting towards a de-pigmented sky.

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944 – 1972

Erotica // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near-illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.

Jillian Dickson's "Our Epidural Currency"

Illustration // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
North Carolina-based artist Jillian Dickson's series Our Epidural Currency examines the forgotten and neglected connection between our tactile bodies and wild nature. Within the compilation of technological evolution, the basic conditions of being human have changed, in that our physical bodies no longer play and essential roll in our survival.

Drawings by Corey Best

Illustration // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Corey Best was born in the rural countryside of northeastern Indiana but grew up throughout many towns and cities across Michigan. From the full range of environments spanning from the United States to Asia that were interacted within, he learned how large the world really was in all its wonder. Currently he has been living in different locations across northern Thailand since his move from Japan. His first love was nature and he to this day loves to wander and float, listening to and learning from all that he can from the ever expanding voids around him.

Drawings by Langley Fox

Illustration // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Langley Fox is a Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator working with high-profile fashion clients like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. With powerful pencil skills, she renders figures beautifully in a style that is both classic and contemporary. Side note: she is Hemingway’s great grand-daughter and clearly shares the family talent. 

Cahill Wessel in Color

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We posted some of Cahill Wessel’s black-and-white drawings this fall, and his work that uses a full color spectrum is even trippier and more mesmerizing. You could get lost in these images...

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2014
This morning we take a look at some of the Star Wars concept illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie who designed the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy...

Best of 2014: Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts." 

Ben Sack Knows What Intricate Means

Illustration // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Artist Ben Sack illustrates infinite cityscapes, both real and imagined. Distorted perspectives are filled-in with intricate details that are almost too much for the human eye to comprehend. 
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