Beavis and Butthead Do Christmas

Illustration // Wednesday, December 25, 2013
What better way to pass the time during this holiday season than team up with one of our favorite illustrated duo's to help spread some holiday cheer. Cuddle up by the fire, break out the hot cocoa and spend some quality time with your family, loved ones and your old friends Beavis and Butthead. From the bottom of our hearts, Juxtapoz Illustration loves you.

Mark Ryden's Holiday Spirit

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Mark Ryden, a past cover artist, is widely considered the "god-father of pop surrealism," and his ouevre is nothing if not diverse in subject matter. His work is inspired by objects, figures and myths that evoke mystery and nostalgia, therefore it stands to reason that Santa would make an appearance (along with Jesus, every now and then). To get you into the holiday spirit we've assembled Ryden's more wintry works, replete with imagined arctic animals, religious ephemera, and even an underwater St. Nick. 

The Work of Andrea Kalfas

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Andrea Kalfas' work is irresistibly charming, yet often reveals a darker interior soul. A freelance illustrator based in Baltimore, MD, Kalfas earned her BFA in illustration from MICA. She recently published her newest zine, "Warlow's Guide to Wizards, Sorceri & Familiars Arcane," a playful ficitonal guide to young magi. Andrea Kalfas' work is a testament to the power of great visual storytelling.

Kristian Jones Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Kristian Jones' artwork preys on the innocence of childhood imagination, inverting nostalgic imagery with small brilliant moments of violence, fear and frustration. Nothing cute or cuddly is safe in these drawings. His rendering of Santa passed out drunk is particularly poignant this holiday season. Jones lives and works in the center of the UK, just outside of Birmingham.

Artist Interview: Raymond Lemstra

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Inspired by primitive art, Raymond Lemstra focuses on using the most basic components of drawing to evoke a visceral human response. The world Lemstra continues to build with every drawing is both subdued and wonderfully rich, full of mystery and totemic power. "I would happily embrace any comparison to how a kid starts drawing," says Lemstra in our interview, in which he expands on the primitive technique, being an illustrator, his childhood in the Netherlands and hanging out with Moebius.

Vibe Israel: Klone Studio Visit / Alfred Gallery

Illustration // Monday, December 23, 2013
This past week, as Juxtapoz's illustration editor, I was granted a trip out to Israel to explore the rich cultural and creative landscape in and around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I came across the two person show Klone and Meshullam put together at Alfred Gallery, and set up some time to chat with the amazingly accommodating artist Klone in his studio in southern Tel Aviv...

Vibe Israel: Broken Fingaz

Illustration // Monday, December 23, 2013
I was pretty hyped to see work from Haifa, Israel based psych-pop-street crew and illustration / design team Broken Fingaz on my recent trip out to visit the growing and flourishing art scene in Israel. There is certainly no shortage of creative energy in the visual arts in Tel Aviv.Thanks to Hasayeret for pointing it out on the streets, and to Vibe Israel / Kinetis for making it possible for me to travel to the Holy Land on behalf of Juxtapoz. Truly unforgettable.

Vibe Israel: Assaf Benharroch Illustration

Illustration // Monday, December 23, 2013
Assaf Benharroch’s is an Israeli artist with a background in animation and a current focus on his own illustration style. These rich, lush  images are the result that bring his interest in printing techniques into his illustrated works. I became more aware of his work after recently visiting Tel Aviv, Israel and focusing on the thriving scene in the middle east...

Vibe Israel: Tal Amitai-Lavi, Chelouche Gallery

Illustration // Sunday, December 22, 2013
I was fortunate enough to spend this past week experiencing the visual art scene in Tel Aviv, Israel and to discover the work of Tal Amitai-Lavi, an Israeli artist (born Israel 1969) who shows with Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art. As a multidisciplinary artist, Amitai-Lavi's work straddles the boundary line between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and is characterized by love of craftsmanship, sensitivity to detail and an exploration of unusual materials (sewing thread, salt, plasticine, etc....

Vibe Israel: Ayelet Carmi at the Museum of Art, Ein Harod

Illustration // Saturday, December 21, 2013
As the illustration and print/web editor for Juxtapoz, I was recently invited to take a trip out to Israel via non-profit organization Vibe Israel / Kinetis to explore the vibrant creative scene and in and around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Experiencing the energy and passion that lies within the visual art scene in the this middle eastern state, I came in contact with a countless array of Israeli artists that definitely don't get as much Western exposure as they deserve. One of them being Ayelet Carmi, an artist that lives and works in Herzliya, Israel...

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