ILLUSTRATION NOSTALGIA BY ANDREW FAIRCLOUGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Fairclough is a Sydney based Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. After completing a Business Degree, Andrew moved on to designing skate and snowboard graphics in between self-instruction and full time work in a design agency.

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Andrew’s work is inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print. Often working with a restricted color palette Andrew’s work seeks to hint at the nostalgia and tactility of found art, whilst also creating something completely new.

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HUMAN ANATOMY BY EMMA HOPKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Brighton in 1989, Emma Hopkins studied at Brighton and Hove City College from 2005 to 2007, thereafter she went on to study at the University of London from 2007 to 2010, where she was trained in the special art of prosthetics for performance. Since then, Hopkins has studied Drawing the Human Anatomy at The Royal Drawing School, London, in 2015. She now lives and works in London.

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Based upon her understanding and knowledge of the human anatomy, Hopkins allows parts of her work to revel in the deep analysis of concrete substance; skin, flesh, and bones. By focusing on the parts of the body that we use most to express our thoughts and feelings – the face, hands, and eyes – she simultaneously allows her work to flow freely in between as if the blood is feeding oxygen to a preserved life force.

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DISTURBING SCENES BY FOLKERT DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based Folkert de Jong is best known for his theatrical narrative that address themes of war, greed and power. A sense of tragedy and absurdity, a comically desperate psychological state, permeates his work, particularly through the sculptural material for which de Jong became known: industrial Styrofoam and Polyurethane insulation foams.

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BASIC GEOMETRIES BY BRUNA CANEPA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bruna Canepa is an illustrator, architect, writer for the music blog Suppaduppa and co-founder of Miniatura, a project she created with architect and artist Ciro Miguel in 2011. As an illustrator, Bruna is obsessed with exploring space related themes and objects, clearly evident in her various interpretations of rockets and satellites. Her drawings combine basic geometric shapes with few but effective colors to great effect.

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WHIMSICAL PARABLES BY AMY CUTLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Amy Cutler draws from the media, popular culture, fairytales, and her own experiences to convey the complexities of womanhood. At once autobiographical and universal, Cutler’s works are sweet and dark—delicately rendered, whimsical parables illustrating the deleterious effects of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on women.

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She received her BFA degree from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York, in 1997. Since her graduation she has rapidly risen to critical acclaim, and her work has been featured in major surveys of contemporary art, importantly the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

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BROKEN LIQUID BY BEN YOUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand based Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years. Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool.

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Young’s current work explores the use of industrial materials to compliment the organic glass shapes. He liked the idea that concrete is a basic construction material, and also the physical and visual contrasts between the textures and colors of both materials. Still noticeably influenced by the ocean and bodies of water – the concrete forms have become an integral part of his art forms as have the small bronze carvings which he sculpts initially from wax and uses to help portray the narrative suggested by his landscapes.

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BROODING PORTRAITS BY RYAN HEWETT

by Ariadna Zierold

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South African born Ryan Hewett (previously featured here) is renowned for his brooding and evocative paintings. For Hewett, the portrait is not about capturing an external likeness of a subject; but rather creating a portal to the inner journey of self-exploration. He relies principally on the free-flowing processes of memory and creative imagination.

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THE DIGITAL COLLAGE WORK OF MADBUTT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Madbutt is a Brisbane, Australia based artist who experiments with hand cut and digital collage using mixed media. He uses his laptop when he is travelling and in between hand cut works. He keeps it simple using an application called Pixelmator.

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When he is doing hand cut collage he uses an xacto scalpel, archival glue, a ruler, pencil and cutting board. He has used different paints in the past but he feels as though he could have more fun using this medium with larger works. He tries to hold off on using vintage materials until he is 100% sure that he has a great concept to work with.

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