Colombian artist Herikita’s images and imagery are undoubtedly strange, but in a way that’s relatable. Many of the interior scenes are like a dialogue verbalized, describing her soft, illustrative work perfectly.
Aside from being wonderfully strange, her illustrations are rendered with a tender and delicate attention to detail. Herikita conjures a world of candy-colored awkwardness. She often depicts girls and animals, celebrating imperfections, unconventional friendships and feelings of estrangement. Her characters seem self-reflective and thoughtful, floating between reality and hyperbolic daydreams.
Merijn Hos is an Illustrator, Visual Artist and occasional Art Director based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Utrecht where he mastered hand drawing and found inspiration in mixed media. As his career has progressed he has also developed into an admirable graphic designer finding him popular with music and event clients. Although he creates joyful, quirky illustrative work, Merijn is also renowned for his beautiful wooden sculptures.
His curious, optimistic characters and passion for mixed-media are testament to Merijn’s ability to make every piece as important as the last.
Brooklyn-based artist Giovanni Forlino obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett’s studio manager for the past ten years, Giovanni has immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. Forlino’s work has made its way into numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Getty Museum and the Guggenheim.
Queensland based artist Chloe Bennett is an Australian illustrator who studied Visual Arts in the Northern Territory and on the North Coast of Australia.
Bennett works across a range of mediums focusing on the juxtaposition of the natural/bizarre and has an unhealthy obsession with popular culture. Her work sees the pairing of these two concepts, along with the study of the color to create strange, aesthetically pleasing works.
Team Macho is a collaborative illustration and fine art effort composed of Lauchie Reid, Chris Buchan, Nicholas Aoki, and Stephen Appleby-Barr. They create wildly playful and humorously crude works that range from rough illustration to polished paintings. They currently occupy a large studio in Toronto, Canada where their joint efforts are divided equally between illustrating for very fine clients and preparing gross quantities of highly imaginative artwork for galleries in Canada and abroad.
Designed to subvert any sense of singular authorship, their production is a collaborative form of process art by which an individual paints a portrait or scene informed by elements from his compatriots’ portfolios. The result is an endless reinterpretation of each other’s point of view. The visual components of each work, however thematic or peripheral, become a pleasant surprise to both viewer and creator. The unspoken element that is conversely integral to Team Macho’s process is their piecemeal approach to collaboration; every member has contributed to each work even if someone’s hand never touches the actual work.
Illustrator Jack Mears has a thing for silly dogs, mostly sculpting them into ceramic figures or drawing pictures of them. Despite completing an illustration course, Mears found himself increasingly drawn towards sculpture.
Mears’ ceramic sculptures have tiny dog heads on human-like bodies with breasts and butts, sometimes in typical dog positions, other times sitting upright and cross-legged, or performing a difficult backwards bridge yoga pose.
Alan Fears is a UK artist who makes paintings, sculptures, furniture and music. His style is simple and direct. The theme in most of his art revolves around reminding himself, and everybody else, how great and stupid humans can be and therefore how great and stupid life can be. People, the world and humor float around in his head and eventually end up in his work.
Alan has depicted everyday faces and a variety of characters, like a blonde, bearded man with a unibrow and a cheesy guy wearing an I Heart Life hat. Despite these seemingly exaggerated characteristics, the artist feels the viewer will start to “search for themselves in the crowd”.
Austria-based artist Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. While her editorial illustrations are colorful, with conceptual ideas, her personal work, dealing with everything from gender to the relationship between humanity and nature, is ironic and dark.