Kaun Nikita and the Occult

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Kaun Nikita's work is torrid and forceful, using mazes of dark line-and-dot-work to create images of the occult. Astronaut skeletons, goats, skulls, five-eyed cats and thorny hearts find their homes in Nikita's work; imagery of a boldly mysterious world. Nikita's work is perfectly fit for those with an urge for a darker edge.

Julee Yoon's Cross-Cultural Designs

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Julee Yoo was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After studying illustration at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City, Julee now works as a full-time illustrator. Her artwork is fraught with the symbolic language of clashing cultures; the pastoral linework of french textiles meet Korean characters in a landscape of tentative pencil-work. These pieces are lovely, lyrical and challenging. 

Ash Mackenzie Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Ash Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently attending OCADU and pursuing a degree in illustration. Ash's work is sensitive, nuanced and very mature for someone her age. She creates with a seasoned hand, combining traditional and digital mediums with seamless ease. We expect big things from this young artist. 

Emma Webster Art

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Emma Webster's emotive, massive paintings explore a hypothetical dreamscape fraught with nostalgia, memory and anxiety. The Oakland-based artist has just completed a permanent mural near Classic Cars West where she will also host a solo show from August 2nd to September 21st. The mural is a dynamic, arresting example of Webster's aesthetic--fragmented, boldly colored sheaves of imagery that evoke childhood memory in its most vivid incarnation; a wide-eyed tiger looks on. By creating layered landscapes populated by abstract and remembered characters--Webster herself, her sister, her dog--the artist explores the distorted surface of these impressions. The opening will take place from 6-9pm on August 2nd at 411 26th Street, Oakland, CA. 

Daniel Martin Diaz and The Soul of Science

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Daniel Martin Diaz is a fine artist with an insatiable curiosity to explore the mysteries of life and science through creative production. In his forthcoming collection of art and essays, "Soul of Science," Diaz tackles the elusive properties of consciousness and time through a personal visual language that draws inspiration from the old Flemish masters as well as from modern scientific theories.  Intespersed among Diaz's exquisitely rendered pieces are several illuminating writings contributed by mathematicians, physicists, and art historians, each examining the same universal questions from their unique academic and individual perspectives.

Nature's Bounty by Kate Macdowell

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Kate Macdowell is a ceramic sculptor whose delicately carved pieces entwine the beauty and universal order of the natural world with aspects of humanity's deleterious impact on the environment, responding to issues of climate change, toxic pollution, and GM crops. Her work also borrows its symbolic content from myth, art history, figures of speech, and other cultural formulas. A master craftswoman, Macdowell sculpts each piece out of porcelain, with smaller forms built petal by petal, branch by branch, allowing the artist to immerse herself in intensive, up-close study of nature's fundamental structures and most individual specimens.

Martin Wittfooth's Tooth and Claw

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Born in 1981 in Toronto and spending most of his childhood in Finland, Martin Wittfooth is a New York City-based artist with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His luminous yet foreboding oil paintings portray scenes of nature fighting against the destructive hand of man, whether it's the toxic industries he's created or the evolutionary havoc he is wreaking on the animal kingdom. Humanity's footprint is forever etched into the landscapes of the earth, and through a powerful visual narrative Wittfooth explores its lasting effects through representations of animals interacting with man's industrial and societal creations, a sort of cautionary tale of what's potentially to come.

Angela Palmer's Life Lines

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Angela Palmer is an Oxford-based sculptor and installation artist who uses CT and MRI scans of heads and bodies to create three dimensional works on engraved sheets of glass. Depicting mesmerizing networks of veins and sinewy brain matter, Palmer's ambitious work conveys a dual sense of grotesque vigor and innate frailty, illustrating the robust nature of the human body as well as its organic fragility. From certain angles the clusters of lines appear jumbled and random, but when when viewed just-so, they acquire their proper shape, whether of a horse's brain or a mummy's body or the head of the artist herself.

Impossible Architectural Illustrations by Toby Melville-Brown

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 08, 2013
Toby Melville-Brown's The Tower Series explores various fantastical architectural scenarios in the form of skyscrapers. Toby explains, "I'm not commenting on environmental issues, nor condemning our excessive nature; I'm merely fascinated with the synthetic landscape we have constructed around ourselves."

Illustrations by Ultrafry

Illustration // Sunday, July 07, 2013
Emilio Barnes aka Ultrafry is an artist from London specializing in black and white handcrafted pattern design, characters and lettering. 'A lot of my recent work is influenced by my personal experiences of the ‘Sleep Paralysis’ phenomenon - a condition of sleep disorder, night terrors and hallucinations; a case of which I frequently suffer from. Other elements of my artwork are inspired by Eastern cultural design, all things fantasy, astronomy, girls and confectionary.'

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