SOFT SCULPTURES BY ELENA STONAKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist and designer, Elena Stonaker makes soft sculptures and wearable art pieces using intricate quilting and beading techniques. Her soft sculpture and wearable art works have been described as evoking “a shamanistic aesthetic”, through the use of quilting techniques, beading, and myth-based narratives.

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UTOPIAN ATMOSPHERES BY MEAGAN BOYD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Meagan Boyd‘s work often depicts utopian atmospheres filled with modern day nymphs, deities, holy beings, and party monsters who reveal the the interconnectivity of animals, people and nature. Through her art making process, she explores the transcendence between dreams and waking-life in the context of magic and myth.  Using an explosive color palate along with intricate line-work, her freakishly folkish style combines the nostalgic essence of the fauves juxtaposed with a neon-like urban glow.

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WATERCOLORS BY LOLA ROSE THOMPSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Lola Rose Thompson was born in Studio City, California. She studied sculpture at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Otis College of Fine Arts. Thompson is interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that they may or may not contain; and moreover, that these objects have vast stores of data and figures, that may be difficult to see.

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“Lately I’ve been thinking about groups of people – clubs, fraternities, gatherings, secret societies – I like to image that through these paintings I can delve inside territory that is exclusive and make it inclusive – by allowing the viewer to identify with the subjects of the painting. The painting is the invitation to the party.” Lola Rose Thompson

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VIBRANT WORK BY LUKE PELLETIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist and musician Luke Pelletier’s art work is full of energy, and varies depending on his mood or what he is doing at the time. Pelletier enjoys working in different mediums: photographs, paintings, sculptures prints, social practice, graphic design, writing, craft and collage works. His art has gathered a range of influences, such as American lifestyle, culture of tourism and consumerism.

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YOUTHFUL ADVENTURE BY NICHOLAS ZAREMBA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boston, MA based artist Nick Zaremba is a Drawer, Painter, and Installation Artist. His constantly evolving and morphing artwork ranges from small framed drawings and site specific 3D installations to large scale commissioned murals all the while translating what he does by hand to digital graphics able to be placed on products such as snowboards, apparel, and packaging.

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Zaremba draws influences from his youthful adventurous side, the colors in nature all around him, psychology, and semiotics. These influences along with his curiousity of the human condition mixed with lifelong ingredients including skateboarding, graffiti, DIY culture, are his driving force to create.

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LOWBROW ILLUSTRATIONS BY SEONNA HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Seonna Hong was born in Southern California in 1973 and graduated with a B.A. in Art from Cal State University Long Beach. She honed her craft teaching art to children and in 2004 received an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Production Design for her work on the animated series My Life as a Teenage Robot. That same year she released Animus, a moving picture book published by Baby Tattoo Books. Hong has exhibited at galleries around the world, most notably with Kaikai Kiki under the direction of Takashi Murakami in Tokyo, Japan.

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FANTASTIC CREATURES BY KEVIN HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime, manga, comics, JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. With his work, Hong leads us into a magical world populated with fantastic creatures and haunting spirits, sometime reminding the poetic universe of Hayao Miyazaki.

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OLD WORLD AESTHETICS BY OMAR RAYYAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martha’s Vineyard based artist Omar Rayyan‘s bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting. Although looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century, he has picked watercolor as his medium of choice.

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Omar’s primary market is geared towards children’s and young adult’s magazine and books, doing cover and interior illustrations. He has also illustrated several children’s picture books.

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