Ronald Wright's Carnal Visions

Erotica // Thursday, August 29, 2013
Artist Ronald Wright has taken on many titles in his time, including spiritualist writer, gay magazine illustrator, celebrity portrait artist, author, artist's model, and psychic medium. First gaining a reputation through drawing portraits of his favorite Hollywood actors and actresses in the early 1950's, Wright eventually turned his graphic skills to the burgeoning "Physique" and "Men's Interest" magazine industry. In this recorded interview from 2007, Wright discusses his homoerotic work and the rise of such magazines as "Adonis,"  "Modern Man," and "Sir Gay."

Maaike Bakker's Pleasure Principle

Illustration // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Maaike Bakker is an artist and illustrator based out of South Africa and part of a collective called Mega Bonanza, that consists of a group of artists all focused on creating non-academic brutal and pointless art together. The rest of the group is made up of artists Werner Burger, Nina Torr, Lodewyk Barkhuizen and PJ Kotze. The art is fueled by wine and pizza and is based on the process of responding to a mark made by a member and then passing on the work for the next to respond to.  

Cole Closser's 'Little Tommy Lost'

Illustration // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Cole Closser is a Missouri cartoonist and graduate of the MFA program at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He enjoys reading books with funny pictures, watching old cartoons, and wrestling alligators. Cole is generally a nice guy, but don't jive talk him. You can buy some of Cole's comics at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or in theshop. Cole could beat up your boyfriend, big brother, or dad. Cole likes cats.  

Lina Maria Carrillo: High Fashion

Illustration // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Lina Maria Carrillo is an illustrator originally from Melbourne, Australia now living in London. Ever since she was a little girl, she has turned to drawing as a past-time and a source of immediate satisfction. She is currently rendering high fashion portraits in gorgeously muted pastel tones. Adore them. 

The Luminosity of Jordan Domont

Illustration // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
To infuse depth and luminosity into his work, Jordan Domont employs a palette of punchy hues. Experimenting, he discovered that when inks layer heavily onto Mylar, it creates a rich, almost melted effect. Pigments become slightly volatile, even mercurial, and their behavior enlivens the entire process. Jordan likes to explore how different amalgams of color work together, because it sure trumps sitting back and watching paint dry.  

Art by Thomas Daniel Fowler

Illustration // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thomas Daniel Fowler is a 23-year-old freelance illustrator based in Liverpool. He uses ink predominantly but pen and pencil also make their appearances in his work. Fowler is interested in "space and time and the quantum world." His work expresses a uniqe sensitivity to the texture of faces and nuances of pose and value.

Casey Jex Smith: Myths Revitalized

Illustration // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
These illustrations by Casey Jex Smith are heavily influenced by biblical and mythological themes. He works in detailed monochrome scenes as well as more collage-heavy techniques, creating landscapes of activity that bring to mind historical illustrations. Smith has exhibited in galleries across the country and holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Shawn Bitters' Geology of the Mind

Illustration // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Shawn Bitters' work focuses largely on a fascination with the geological--rock faces and formations and their potential as art objects within their serendipitous environment. Bitters explores his fascination with these stones through many different mediums and uses printmaking and drawing to map out early stages of what will become full-blown installations in many cases. 

The Sickly Sweet Work of Ginette Lapalme

Illustration // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Ginette Lapalme is an illustrator and artist currently living in Toronto with her cat, Washington. Her sickly-sweet style is reminiscent of old cartoons and candy ads, and her aesthetic is well-developed and unmistakeable. Lapalme's client list includes Vice Magazine, Threadless, Circo de Bakuza and Fuzzy Logic Recordings.

Update: The Works of Alexandro Garcia

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
We recently saw some pieces from Uruguay's Alexandro Garcia that we hadn't seen before. A few years ago we became aware of his incredibly diverse and other-worldly drawings. A UFO sighting meant a profound change in the life of Garcia, who soon began to make drawings of an intricate and meticulous graphics from the experience.

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