Cole Gerst @ Rare Device

Illustration // Thursday, August 02, 2012
Cole Gerst's solo show 'Nature Designs Itself' opens tonight at Rare Device in San Francisco and runs through through Aug 31. Cole Gerst is an award winning art director, graphic designer, illustrator & painter. Gerst's paintings have been shown worldwide in both group and solo shows. His work is highly influenced by his surroundings and have a "man vs. nature" theme. He is influenced by having grown up in the south...

Early works by Stephanie Brown

Illustration // Thursday, August 02, 2012
  Stephanie Brown is a Chicago-based artist and tattooist. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. These earlier works by Ms. Brown show off her fondness for layering and doubles. We're especially impressed by her seamless synthesis of figural and abstract forms.

Illustrations by Shan Jiang

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 02, 2012
We were searching for an artist with a burst of color this morning, and remembered how much we loved the work of Shanghai-based Shan Jiang when we have seen it in commercial endeavors over the years. The graphic designer, illustrator, and art director now works in London with design company Shotopop.

Works by Megan Diddie

Illustration // Thursday, August 02, 2012
  Megan Diddie's delicately rendered pieces investigate the intimate relationship between humans and nature. Bodies interlace and intertwine with plants, insects, and one another in splendorous displays of color and texture. Diddie's works inhabit the tenuous line between life and death, growth and decay.

Preview: September issue featuring Daniel Clowes, London Police, and David Shrigley

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
A busy summer it has been all around in the art world, but in our home base of the San Francisco Bay Area, we have had two significant museum retrospectives that have made their way into the September 2012 issue of Juxtapoz. First off, we celebrate our cover story, Daniel Clowes, and his fantastic exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes. Over the years, the iconic comic book artist has given us cult-followed works such as Ghost World, Eightball, Wilson, and numerous covers for The New Yorker.

Forming and Fragmenting with André Wee

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
André Wee is a soon-to-be twenty three year old Illustrator and Visual artist from Singapore. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. 'Forming and Fragmenting' is a series of portraits that exist in an eternal state of transition. It is uncertain whether these figures are in the process of “forming” or “fragmenting” due their occupation of this liminal state...

Drawing the Bodily Form with Michelle Furlong

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Michelle Furlong's artworks revolve around the human form, using the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture to investigate the limits space in and around the body. Furlong's drawings wrap and fragment arms, heads, feet, shoulders, and everything else in contorted and high-tension positions that flatten some limbs while others emerge fully rendered in graphite.

Amazing Charcoal Rope Series

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
'I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.' - Huguette Despault

Obery Nicolas's Black & White Work

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Obery Nicolas digitally illustrates these wild and striking images. Obery is a French graphic designer and art director who is especially detailed oriented and has done work for clients range from Nestle to Lancome.

Toyin Odutola

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
'Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis...'

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