WORLD COLLISIONS BY JAKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean collage artist Jake Lee makes vibrant mashups of images from magazines and illustrations. His talent alters the viewers’ perceptions of reality with his philosophy-challenging creativity. Lee’s collection of surreal imagery fuses unrelated scenery and events into a final, fantastical masterpiece. Inspired by 1950’s graphics, his colorful artworks turn conventional ideas on their heads in order to express a beautifully bizarre depiction of the world as we know it.

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FACELESS PORTRAITS BY ANNA BU KLIEWER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ukranian artist Anna Bu Kliewer is a mixed media artist working in both analogue and digital collage. Having studied at both Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and London’s Central Saint Martins, the now London-based collage genius delivers faceless portraits by meshing aspects of the environment with the human body. Her collages play with space and identity, mashing it up, erasing and reconfiguring. The resulting imagery is a perfect blend of familiar and fantasy.

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PIXELATED PAINTINGS BY GUY YANAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guy Yanai was born 1977 in Haifa, Israel. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

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Yanai is known for his pragmatic approach to artistically mirroring life, with each scene or character stripped back to almost pixelated results. Standing back, each piece is blatantly obvious as to what it’s trying to represent, but upon closer inspection, you’ll fully be able to appreciate the simplicity of its make up; accented yet bold brush strokes sitting side by side to form texture, light work, complexion and composition.

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SPACED OUT COLLAGES BY SEANA GAVIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seana Gavin‘s universe is full of science fiction, psychedelic drugs and surreal spirituality. Gavin’s brightly spaced-out collages capture the acid-drenched mood of the zeitgeist. Evocative of everything from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and a heavy dose of the 90s rave culture, they have all the impact of a particularly heady psychotropic dose.

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TRADITIONAL POP ART BY JACKY TSAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jacky Tsai is a Chinese pop artist, creating peculiar pieces with an inventive approach to traditional materials and craftsmanship. Tsai works to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes. His original style, featuring of references to western pop art in combination with eastern artistry re-imagines the concept of beauty to be appreciated by viewer of all different cultural heritages. Tsai works across various fields including installations, sculpture, and fashion.

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VIBRANT LANDSCAPES BY SHAWNA X

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based artist Shawna X‘s artwork is clearly a cascade of psychedelic colors, the designs, content and narrative that hold such a vibrant array is equally as mesmerizing. Everything from nude women, to M. C. Escher-esque landscapes, to Shawna’s own interpretation of still art, her body of work may be diverse, but they’re all just as beautifully mystifying as the next.

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Working with various media including digital illustration, painting, motion, and environmental design. Her work exhibits interest in vibrant colors and juxtaposition of shape and composition to evoke energy, seduction, and morbid curiosity.

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PUNK DOODLES BY BAD BUZZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona & UK-based freelance illustrator Bad Buzz brings that nostalgic classroom past time back in true punk and thrash fashion. His doodles are an awesome jumble of retro motifs and typography; a collection of the best back-in-the-day punk, rock, skate & metal. His is influenced by action and bootleg figures, 70-80’s packaging / film, computer games, skateboards, skaters, Ultraman and Power Rangers, amongst others.

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FRENETIC DESIGNS BY SAM TAYLOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sam Taylor translates tech-related questions in a magazine he works in into his frenetic designs: angry blobs, raging batteries and bug-eyed iPhones make regular appearances. The creative freedom makes it a dream job for Taylor, though he does impose rules on the process to make sure everything gels. Taylor draws inspiration from pulp sci-fi covers and sci-fi in general, and has a revolving cast of characters and motifs now that he’s been at it for a minute.

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CYBERCLUTTER COLLAGES BY AMANDA DUREPOS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amanda Durepos is a collage artist based out of Montreal, Canada. She graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2012 and founded Montreal-based collage collective CTRL+V in 2015.

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She works primarily in the medium of collage but also explores ideas using multimedia art and electronics. She is inspired by predictive text, AI dystopias, spam and cyberclutter, retrofuturism, the uncanny, the grotesque,  and how technology affects our relationships and our bodies.

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‘ARTIFACT TO HUMAN COMUNICATION’ BY FELIPE PANTONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentinian-born artist Felipe Pantone (previously featured here) started doing graffiti at the age of 12. He graduated with a Fine Art degree in Valencia (Spain) where his studio is based. Felipe travels the world ceaselessly with his art. His work has been exhibited all over Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

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His style is characterized by the use of bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra-modern aesthetic which complements and reacts with the stark modernity of our cityscapes.

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