Kentucky-based designer Robert Beatty’s succulent, technicolor, psychedelic-tinged, airbrush-like artworks can sometimes grace the covers of bands’ albums, thus making them cool, successful and lucky in love and good fortune forever. Robert’s magic touch is a unique style lifted from way back when life on earth was cooler, and from some cauldron of fluid in his brain from which he draws impressive draughtsmanship and weird ideas.
London based artist Katja Angeli creates poised collages of simplicity and wonderment. Katja’s subtle artworks have gained her a selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, as well as being awarded the prestigious Clifford Chance Purchase Prize. Interfering with the digital, Katja’s practice uses traditional hand-made assemblage techniques with digital mark making, printing onto Japanese paper.
“Recently I have been examining ways of deconstructing the digital imprint, reflecting on the relationship between the digital and physical. The digital artwork eradicates the trace of the hand for an image that seems almost too perfect.” Katja Angeli
Los Angeles based artist Chyrum Lambert uses ink, dye, stain, acrylic, wax, epoxy, and oil to create the pieces of his artwork, which he cuts up and layers into these fantastic pieces. Some of the artwork is more abstract while others have a semblance of figures or plant-life, familiar shapes slowly appearing.
Keith Rankin started Orange Milk Records with his friend Seth Graham at the end of 2010, with an aim to document the underground scene emerging across America at the time. That movement made often wild and unprecitable transitions in style as it progressed over the years, and Orange Milk became a hub to capture some the divergent paths that individual artists connected to the scene were taking.
The thing that binds all of Orange Milk’s releases together is their striking artwork, created by Rankin himself. His collages and digital art are busy images, often depicting the familiar – sometimes even mundane – in surreal, dreamlike, and fantastical surroundings.
Michael Olivo creates artwork over several surfaces of which are always brightly colored, enigmatic and entertaining. In the masses of colorful blobs, tubes, and twisted forms, characters and narratives peek through. Clearly recognizable monsters and animals are sometimes featured in Olivo’s color-saturated drawings. His comic influences are evident with his use of line-art and dynamic black-filled areas.
Paul Paetzel lives and works in Berlin where he was also born. He likes taking the metro and observing people. He searches for the mystic in everyday life and the normal in the abnormal. Paetzel is a member of the comic collective Édition Biografiktion which he founded with Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak in 2008.
The first zines (Biografiktion) they published were comic stories about celebrities adding fictional elements. They decided to start a second series called Human News whose theme varies in every issue and which is more focused on Illustration. To produce their artwork they use the printing techniques which are easily at their disposal: silkscreen, linocut and reprography.
Jeffrey Chong‘s artwork is a reflection of his emotions and memories, and shows his understanding and interpretation of his life experience and the world that surrounds him. He has lived in Canada since 1999, but his time spent growing up in his native China has been an important influence on his artwork. He has painted portraits of his family members at different ages as well as different locations in China that he remembers from his past.
All the figures that he creates on canvas are himself in a way; they reflect his cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. He thinks of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. Chong’s work is a response to the imbalance between his inside feelings and the outside world. He fuses classical concepts and traditional techniques into his work using his own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.