RICHLY-COLORED BIZARRE ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRISTIAN SCHUBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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The weird and wonderful illustrations of Christian Schubert are a delight to peruse, especially if you’re after a sprinkling of the bizarre. With odd scenes including a glum king walking past a shoe shop and a Russian doll-like ginger man in a flasher coat that reveals miniature versions of himself, Christian’s originality and humor is something to be admired. The London-based illustrator says a lot of his ideas come from “watching vast amounts of comedy and listening to Howard Stern for nine hours every day while I’m working.”

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DREAMSCAPE INTERIORS BY HIROYUKI ISHII

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroyuki Ishii produces minimalist, digital line drawings of surreal interior landscapes, influenced by Japanese art, Italian design and RPG (role playing) video games.

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A series of surreal illustrations based on rooms features a Dalí-esque dreamscape imagery filtered through Hiroyuki’s simple style. Explaining how he conceives the content, Hiroyuki said: “What’s in the room. What will happens in there… I wanted to see what kind of feeling you can get if you are in there with unusual items and interiors.”

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Natural Instincts | DAVID RICE

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.

Follow his multi-medium journeys on Instagram: @d_j_rice

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (10)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (11)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (12)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (13)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (14)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (15)

Portland, Oregon based artist, muralist, illustrator and designer David Rice, illustrates the force of nature in its beauty and presence amidst natural and human engineered landscapes. Having grown up in Colorado in the abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities, Rice developed an artistic penchant for highlighting the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Via news.upperplayground.com (16)

Perceptive Identity | JUSTIN BOWER

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion.

 

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (10)

Artist Justin Bower creates philosophical conundrums in his paintings that challenge the concept of self, perception and identity. He paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion. Via news.upperplayground.com (11)
 

SUBCONSCIOUS SCENES BY RUNE FISKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Growing up in the flat countryside of Denmark, Rune Fisker spent most of his time drawing with and on whatever he could find. Now, many years later, Rune runs his own animation company Benny Box along with his brother Esben. Whenever Rune is not animating, drawing storyboards, or making things that moves, he is working as an artist and illustrator on a mixture of commercial and personal projects. Rune’s abstract, surrealist style plays with geometries, line, and tone. The result are subconscious scenes where characters of distorted proportions entangle with phantom scenes hinged between fiction and reality.

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MATHEMATICAL PRECISION BY SOPHIE DOUALA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin-based Sophie Douala deals with mathematical precision and geometric formula. In her own words, she attempts to “create a playground” by presenting ideas and feelings through colors and shapes, and the way in which they can be assembled.

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The tone of each piece is remarkably different; some embodying deep Rothko-esque tones and some have more jazzy Mondrian lines. However, the one overarching similarity between the works is the sheer skill involved in the creation of each one.

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MULTIFACETED CHARACTERS BY VANESSA LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto-based illustrator Vanessa (“Ness”) Lee‘s illustrations, ceramics and prints at first glance can be viewed as playful and humorous renditions of familiar Asian icons, from sumo wrestlers to lucky cats to noodle bowls. A closer look reveals a body of work that explores the complex relationship between self and one’s place in contemporary culture and society.

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The artist draws on her personal experiences – negotiating what it means to be Hakka-Chinese Canadian, an artist, a young female, a daughter – to portray multifaceted characters, often in vulnerable positions and contexts.  At the same time, Ness subtly brings attention to and challenges traditional perceptions of Asian beauty, sexuality, nudity and power, bringing together pieces of her cultural heritage to create a strong and candid visual narrative of her own.

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JUSTKIDS and StreetArtNews presents Project M/9 Colors at Urban Nation

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From June 6th to 12th, JUSTKIDS, in association with StreetArtNews, was invited by Urban Nation Berlin to take over their notorious signature event Project M. Bringing summer flavors to Berlin they selected six internationally acclaimed artists, including 1010, Askew, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Borondo, Eron and Fafi to create murals around the German capital for Project M/9 “Colors”. The painting week was finalized with a group exhibition showcasing the works of eleven artists including Tristan Eaton, Felipe Pantone, Okuda San Miguel, Crystal Wagner, Maser, Jan Kaláb, and the six muralists.

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Whether in large-scale murals in urban environments around the world, or on smaller scale pieces on paper and canvas, the featured artists—hailing from around the globe—converge to investigate the specific way a high-octane color palette can produce an intense visual experience. In some of the works—shown for the first time in Berlin—this emerges from the interactions between colours and their tensions and contrasts; while other works inquire into the expressive qualities of colours in the context of visual culture today.

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STRECHED-BRONZE SCULPTURES BY ROMAIN LANGLOIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romain Langlois studied medical books and anatomical charts to understand the human body, building his first sculptures using only plaster and clay. Seeking a more permanent material, Langlois turned to bronze, a metal he now incorporates into works that are inspired by nature rather than man. His pieces visually pull apart the natural objects that surround us—building works that appear as bisected rocks, boulders, and tree trunks. These sculptures showcase glistening bronze protruding from their insides, unleashing the perceived inner energy of each object.

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SHELL SCULPTURES BY ROWAN MERSH

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Rowan Mersh assembles dense rolling surfaces comprised of thousands of seashells, tiny solid objects that now appear like fluid waves. Mimicking the natural geometric patterns found in life, the artist uses responsibly sourced shells like windowpane oyster discs or duplicata shells that are tightly arranged in a labor-intensive process, one piece at a time. The shell artworks are just a small portion of Mersh’s artist practice that also spans fashion design, textile sculptures, and interactive installations.

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