Ruth Marten's Unnatural History

Illustration // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
'Ruth Marten draws on antique etchings. Literally. The etchings, often of scientific subjects, are likely to be of dubious accuracy. Marten's masterful interventions further propel the imagery toward the fantastic, though where one leaves off and the other begins is not easy to discern. Like a child's game of "telephone," or the Surrealists' "exquisite corpse," the process yields delightful perversity.'

David Cook's Epic Battles

Illustration // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I'm always enthralled and inspired by the intricate pattern work in David Cook's illustrations. The combination of his brightly colored snakes and skulls in fishnets, surrounded by rays of spirographic line-work are drawn with meticulous and repetitive perfection, creating strangely beautiful completed pieces by this New York based, colorblind artist.

Dr. Seuss's WWII Political Cartoons

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Although renowned for his children's books, Dr. Seuss had many practices that ranged from "unorthodox taxidermy" to the political cartoons you see here. UCSD's Mandeville Special Collections Library offers a glimpse at several scans of original drawings and newspaper clippings depicting Dr. Seuss's less known career as a prolific political cartoonist during World War II.

The Work of Sashiko Yuen, aka Wishcandy

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wishcandy, or Sashiko Yuen is enamoured by retro culture, street fashion, kitsch, beauty, and the grotesque. At any given moment you could imagine she is mentally recording color palettes, creating, or hatching an escape plan from the suburban jungle. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Art + Design from Towson University and is currently building up a world of paintings and illustrations.

Wishcandy is Sashiko Yuen

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Wishcandy, or Sashiko Yuen is enamoured by retro culture, street fashion, kitsch, beauty, and the grotesque. At any given moment you could imagine she is mentally recording color palettes, creating, or hatching an escape plan from the suburban jungle. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Art + Design from Towson University and is currently building up a world of paintings and illustrations.

Modern-Day Shaman: Cang Xin

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Cang Xin became interested in art (as well as rock and roll) while he was at music school, but he received no formal training. To this day he employs assistants to help him with paintings and drawings. For him art is more than technique: it is a way of life that sits easily with his self-conception as a modern-day shaman, heir to the nature-magic tradition of his native Mongolia.

The Work of Belgian Collective, Hell'O Monsters

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Hell’O Monsters is a Belgian collective formed by Jérôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille . The three artists successfully blend their individual styles to create an imaginary universe occupied by hybrid characters such as monsters with multiple eyes, mutated animals, humans with their heads split open.

Sean Morris is Bizarrely Beautiful

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Sean Morris is an Australian Hero. His bright, aerobic, illustrative works define an alternative narrative of Australian and Low-Culture. The worlds he creates are a super-saturated reality that one might find bizarrely beautiful, uncomfortable or awe-inspiring, due to their strange nature.

Sebastian Wickeroth's Geometric Markings

Illustration // Saturday, June 09, 2012
Geometric form and its concurrent disruption, destruction and deformation is the starting point for Sebastian Wickeroth's illustrated works. Wickeroth plays with the zest for association of the viewer who may be unable to reject the immediately arising impression of a destructive act. His series of works of marker lines, create geometrically balanced pieces, playing with space, and angular association.

The Stripping Illustrations of Barcelona's Chamo

Juxtapoz // Saturday, June 09, 2012
These playfully striped up, and stripped down illustrations are from Chamo, an artist and illustrator based out of Barcelona. He studied Fine Arts at UB (Universitat de Barcelona), Barcelona, and ENSBA (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) in Paris. He considers himself a drawer and photographer, but is in love with every field of the arts.  

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