Higgs Boson Mural by Josef Kristofoletti

Illustration // Monday, July 15, 2013
This impressive time-lapse video presents the painstaking work undertaken by international artist Josef Kristofoletti to create a three story tall mural for the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Collaborating closely on location with CERN physicists, over the course of a year Kristofoletti developed a project that visually interpreted what the Higgs boson might possibly look like. The result is an astonishing mural that captures the spirit of inquiry present in and essential to the pursuit of science and the artistic process.

Irene Shkarovska's Lovely Osteology

Illustration // Monday, July 15, 2013
Ukrainian graphic designer and illustrator Irene Shkarovska has created some exceedingly beautiful and stylish illustrations for an anatomical book on osteology, or the scientific study of bones. Her delicate linework and use of faded colors elevates these pieces from detached scientific views of human bone to visually exquisite interpretations of our skeletal structures. Shkarovska's creations follow in a long line of science art that serves both its objective purpose as well as appeals to the creative eye and sense of aesthetic pleasure, mirroring the sensation of awe and wonder that motivates all scientific thought and progress.

Man as Beast by Charlotte Caron

Illustration // Monday, July 15, 2013
This series of images from French artist Charlotte Caron combine photographic portraits with the painted faces of various animals in an attempt to reconcile humanity's duality as both man and beast, seemingly civilized and beyond the feral forces of nature, yet also irrevocably bound to it and part of it. Our inner beast is lifted to the surface in Caron's paintings, still partially recognizable as human yet expressing the visceral souls of animals, whose behaviors and proclivities we still share despite our greatest efforts to deny it. Perhaps coming to terms with our animal-selves will help humanity see nature as a part of our deepest identity, its survival intertwined eternally with our own.

Madeline Von Foerster's Earthly Concerns

Illustration // Monday, July 15, 2013
Madeline von Foerster has been described by premier American biologist Edward O. Wilson as an artist "who brings new imagery and a novel approach to conservation," playing an important role in the artistic community's ability to promote environmental consciousness and engage the public in a vital dialogue concerning humanity's place in and impact on nature. Although her paintings are stylistically linked to the techniques and content of the Flemish Renaissance masters, her work is nonetheless intensely relevant to the modern world, depicting issues of deforestation, endangered species, and war.

Gina Kiel's Rediscovery

Erotica // Monday, July 15, 2013
Inspired by the hypnotic sensory sounds of Daft Punk, New Zealand-based artist Gina Kiel created an incredibly sensual piece for San Francisco's Gauntlet Gallery in their recent exhibition "ReDiscovery," coinciding with the popular French electronica band's highly anticipated new album release. Kiel's sleek illustration depicts three female figures possessed by some electronic organism, each feeding off the other's intensely erotic form of ecstasy during an intimate moment of transformation from human to machine. Be sure to check out this piece and others from Kiel after the jump. 

Ballpoint Pen Illustrations by Wang2Mu

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 15, 2013
Guangzhou, China-based artist Wang2Mu uses typically only red and blue ballpint pens for is incredibly detailed illustrations. Many of his pieces explore both childhood nostalgia and the domestic culture of Ghuangzhou.

Hannah Stouffer's 'Metaphysical Alphabet'

Illustration // Sunday, July 14, 2013
Contributing editor and illustrator Hannah Stouffer recently completed her own transcendental typeface, an alphabet based in metaphysics out of her own intricate line-work. In her words, it is 'A study on the fundamental nature of beingness through an exploration in metaphysical research, traditional ontology, determinism, natural theology and universal science.'...

Lisa Scrimgeour's Bloody Gold

Illustration // Saturday, July 13, 2013
  Lisa Scrimgeour is an artist living and working in Scotland. Her work is searingly tactile, a cacophony of violent texture and illustrious materiality. Scrimgeour is predominantly interested in culture, prejudice with ambitions to challenge traditional concepts of portraiture and figuration with works that are almost devoid of recognisable facial characteristics. Her aim is to use her art to stimulate questions of beauty and ugliness, disfigurement and difference and thereby interrogate the viewer's responses to prejudice, stereotyping and perhaps even subliminal reactions. 

Anthony Lister: 10 Years of Sketches

Illustration // Friday, July 12, 2013
Anthony Lister is selling printed copies of a compilation of his sketchbooks featuring 192 pages of selected sketchbook drawings over the course of ten years of drawing. This book represents a massive gathering of thoughts, memories and impressions; an impressive document for any artist who knows what it's like to fill book after book, year after year. This ultimate sketchbook is sure to contain volumes of precious imagery and human narrative.

Kate Baylay Illustration

Illustration // Thursday, July 11, 2013
With a First Class Honours degree in illustration from the University of the West of England, Kate Baylay creates work that is at once dark and almost deceptively decorative. Taking inspiration from the ‘Golden Age’ illustrators, Baylay's illustrations of fairy tales, short stories and novels are both classic and timelessly modern.

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