Frank Gonzales‘ work is about taking reference from various sources including books, the net and photos to comprise and create his own imagery. By creating his paintings through reference or made up elements, there becomes a play between artificiality and realism. He likes to combine elements that may seem believable picture wise, but wouldn’t normally thrive in real life. Frank’s compositions are never thought out much beforehand. He likes the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image as a jump off point for the rest of the painting. One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there. He finds this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. Various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.
Allison Green was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a nearby rural suburb. Throughout her childhood Green lived on the periphery of a lush forest, an experience which has greatly impacted the art she is best known for today. Currently Green resides and works in downtown Jersey City, where she creates large-scale oil paintings intertwining themes from nature.
The works carry a feminist sentiment; Green names each tree after a woman who has influenced her identity, expressing the powerful relationships between women through the “venerable symbol of the family tree,” as she describes.
Brazilian artist L7M depicts owls, ducks, sparrows, and other birds materializing from a chaotic swirl of dripped paint and flourishes of spray.
The birds not only contrast urban and natural elements, but also depict a distinct clash of both abstract and figurative techniques. He was recently in Rome where he completed several of the pieces you see here. Check out more of his latest mural work.
Vanessa Foley is a self employed artist based in Newcastle, England. She has always lived in the city, and loves it, but her heart lies in the wild Northumberland countryside that surrounds her bustling town.
Her love for nature and art are inseparable, and she could never imagine one without the other. Vanessa regularly shows her work in notable galleries in the UK, America and New Zealand. Her work is in private collections worldwide.
Upper Playground is releasing the newest book from illustrator Tomer Hanuka, Overkill, along with two tees from the prolific artist. Compressed visual narratives are Tomer Hanuka’s stock-in-trade and his ability to tell vast and vivid stories with single panes of artwork is nothing short of remarkable. He’s an illustrator by occupation, but his book covers, comics and editorial renderings transcend that title. In Overkill, he’s selected some of his most vividly drawn and intensely colorful work, juxtaposing intense imagery with a truly unique palette – filling the book’s 104 pages with intricate tales told through illustrations.
Upper Playground is also re-releasing two tees from Tomer Hanuka coinciding with the release of the book, Pie-Axe and Birds.
Some say the world is ending, we say the world just figures its shit out better than the more evolved humans. Bees are dying, birds too, and a fish are going the way of the dodo, but this isn’t a Mayan 2012 thing, its natural selection and population checks, right?
But because the news needs to get readers, the world is ending. Stories are brief, no historical references made, just, “Fish are dying.”
Angry Birdsis a really good iphone game. We had to delete it off our phones because it was interfering with other things. We aren’t allowed to have wiis and Xboxes for fear of never procreating again. Or at least never leaving the house.