Beijing, China-based Yang Maoyuan is well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. He often explores the shapes and misshapes of human and animal bodies. His spherical horses and other bloated animals are widely known.
Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.
Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.
Melbourne based artist Tayla Broekman is s street artist/ fine artist/ graffiti artist. Her ability to simplify creatures into such amazingly gorgeous lines is just breathtaking. And the whole manga-inspired animals certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.
Wesley T. Wright is a Northern California based ceramic and mixed media artist known for his highly detailed and eccentric imagery. His work addresses environmental and existential issues with humor, grit, and imagination. Wright’s evocative sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including the Glassell Fine Arts Museum in Houston, Texas, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco, California.
Luboš Plný is the only child of a possessive mother. Already as a child he was drawn to two phenomena : graphic art and anatomy. He used to dissect dead animals and in adulthood attended a number of autopsies on human corpses and passed a course in gravedigging.
After leaving elementary school he went into apprenticeship to learn electro-mechanics. There, as a boarder, he was subjected to a semi-military regime. He also had problems maintaining discipline during his military service, which resulted in his transfer to a psychiatric clinic. Consequently he began an intensive study of psychiatric and medical literature. After 1989 he became a model at the Academy of Fine Arts. Luboš Plný signs all his works with a special stamp “Luboš Plný – academic model“.
His works in ink, reworked with acrylic, often contain organic materials : blood, hair, pieces of skin and even teeth. Its main theme is the body, that he explores in anatomical sections with multiple points of view. Despite a realistic precision, he sometimes decides to exclude certain parties, but always pays great attention to the head and genitals. The absence of thyroid on some drawings – a surgery he underwent recently – indicates that we might be in the presence of self-portraits.
Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk mixes Flemish painters’ mannerisms with bizarre and ironic images, characterized by deep emotional sincerity. The artist builds fantastic sceneries, with richly detailed fantasy worlds to be explored, in which viewers can lose themselves and dream.
Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisment, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans.
Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.
A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.
Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York. His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.