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.

Sketchbook Illustrations by Mattias Adolfsson

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This morning we are enjoying the wonderful sketcbhook drawings of Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson. Mattias describes himself as a "freelancing compulsory drawer"  and he specializes in intricately rendered machinery, high tech analog inventions, animals, dogs mowing the lawn and working class pigs...

Sashiko Yuen's Food Erotica

Erotica // Monday, August 26, 2013
Sashiko Yuen, aka Wishcandy, describes herself a "mad nomad" currently located in the Los Angeles area. "My work is essentially a sassy candy-coated horror show," explains Yuen. "It's full of compassion, eroticism, violence, and the search for true freedom." Some of her artistic and cultural influences include retro culture, street fashion, all things kitsch, beauty, and the grotesque.

DisHollywood by Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Erotica // Monday, August 26, 2013
DisHollywood is José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' latest visual project which attempts to re-mix beloved characters from Disney fairy tales with other entertainment icons and influences from the world of cinema, celebrity, and music. Showing through September 1st at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, this exhibition is a collection of visual curiosities that acts as a barometer for measuring our tolerance and acceptance levels, a new way of observing the "happy ending" that shows the darker side of our contemporary culture. 

Midori Yamada's Strange Seascapes

Illustration // Monday, August 26, 2013
Midori Yamada's whimsical depictions of lithe young girls caressing the scales and tongues of sometimes fearsome looking giant fish are delicately rendered using a combination of watercolors, pens, coffee, and acrylic paint. The artist's fanciful visions seem to take place in some strange space between land and sea, where awesome deep sea fish and tamer freshwater koi live in harmony with gentle schoolgirls. Yamada's fine lines and pale colors lend an extra dash of playfulness and levity to her already fantastic illustrations.

Soot and Gold by Ikenaga Yasunari

Illustration // Monday, August 26, 2013
Born in 1965, artist Ikenaga Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses. Using a Menso brush, mineral pigments, and soot ink on linen cloth, Yasunari continues the ancient tradition of Nihonga painting while simultaneously bringing modern elements to play, such as present-day clothing styles and floral textile designs. The result is both beautiful and melancholy, capturing the timelessness of the Nihonga style as well as its dimming presence through the years.

Shohei Otomo's Delinquents

Illustration // Monday, August 26, 2013
Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the acclaimed manga and film AKIRA, Shohei Otomo firmly holds his own as a world-class illustrator, creating technically subtle and culturally insightful works that reveal the superficiality of Japan's commercial world and the anarchic attitude of its thriving underbelly. Through his ballpoint pen depictions of "furyo," or Japanese delinquents, Otomo combines traditional motifs with a detached punk conceit, portraying scenes of violence and vulgarity in a unique fusion of realism, manga, and graphic design.

Illustrations by DZO Olivier

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 26, 2013
French graphic designer DZO Olivier is a self taught painter and illustrator who is attracted by all forms of artistic expression. He is currently studying at the Graduate School of Fine Arts in Toulouse.

Michael Wandelmaier Illustration

Illustration // Sunday, August 25, 2013
Michael Wandelmaier is an illustrtor based in Toronto, Canada, whos influences include Max Beckmann, Paul Pope, Wes Anderson, Jim Henson, Wong Kar-Wai, Coen Brothers, Neil Young and Stephen Jay Gould. Michael also admits to a strong adoration in compulsive book shopping, canoes, cooking, music and discussing art with his special lady friend, artist Jessica Fortner.   

"Confluence" @ FIFTY24SF, San Francisco

Illustration // Saturday, August 24, 2013
San Francisco gallery FIFTY24SF opens "Confluence" on September 4th, an aptly-named show featuring a slew of diverse established and up-and-coming artists/illustrators. "You'll notice some big names on the list," says gallery manager Trevor Martin, "along with some extremely talented artists who are having incredible breakthroughs in their work and careers so far in 2013...

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