FLAT GRAPHIC SPACES BY MICHAEL REEDER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the new work by Michael Reeder (previously featured here). Centered on portraiture, Reeder’s current body of work seeks to make a direct connection with the audience. This connection encourages viewers to bring their own perceptions, imagination, and vision to light alongside his.

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Throughout his work, realism is mixed with flat graphic space, and themes or motifs of identity, ambiguity, and ego are loosely implied. The convergence of infinite space and the figure highlights the realm of contemplation located between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

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SIMPLISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY MICHAEL GEORGE HADDAD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ottawa, Canada based illustrator Michael George Haddad’s work transports you into a a whole new realm made up by the mad genius that is the artist, filled with feelings, emotions and sensations.

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Haddad has gone on to pull inspiration from push-pin style art, French comics, paperback sci-fi books and xeroxed punk flyers, as well as from artists such as Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann to help him deliver color-blocked, psychedelic excerpts of a land that looks as peaceful as it does bizarre.

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WICKED ILLUSTRATIONS BY CUTE BRUTE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based illustrator Cute Brute‘s images (previously featured here) are pure insane-pop-art-genius with each piece telling at least a thousand stories. Cute Brute’s sense of humor is wickedly on-point, as the illustrator’s style is cartoonish yet polished and so acutely observed, the images always remain on the right side of smutty. The quirky and clever work of Cute Brute appears solely on Instagram.

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URBAN SPACES BY DANIEL RICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Daniel Rich translates photographs into paintings that call attention to implicit political and social narratives transcribed in the built environment. The architectural image is represented in his work to introduce a dialogue about changing political power structures, failed utopias, the impacts of ideological struggles, war and natural upheavals. He is interested in the highly symbolic role architecture plays in politics and its power to function as an icon of our lived experience, a portrait of an existential phenomenology whose features manifest where society is at one particular moment in history.

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Rich’s paintings point to the shifting of the significance and meaning in both images of places and the places themselves. His interest in the potential divergence and duality of images and the media’s role in covering and presenting issues to the public is closely tied to a pictorial architecture, and its ability to act as an icon for political, religious and social systems and beliefs. He collects and appropriates photographs he finds on the Internet and in newspapers, in response to radio and television broadcasts, and through research and reading. The mediated image is painted in order to invest the picture with the capability to function as a signifier and to evoke meaning and discourse.

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GRAPHIC REFLECTION BY KYLE PLATTS

by Ariadna Zierold

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THE DUALITY OF LIFE BY LENA MACKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lena Macka is an illustrator and designer of minimal tattoos, who is based in the French city of Lyon. She seems to work mainly in black and white, and shades of grey, but in her illustrations she uses bold colors. Each illustration and the atmosphere within portrays a sense of peace and tranquillity, achieved through her use of posture and color. However, reflecting that of reality and the hurdles it may bring, each image also represents the struggle and duality of life.

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GRAPHICAL GOODNESS BY PETER JUDSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Peter Judson is a multi-talented illustrator and printmaker based in London inspired by such luminaries as the Memphis Group and Dieter Rams. After starting his career at the age of 14 with a Microsoft Paint drawing published in Pictoplasma, Peter spent some time as the leather-clad drummer of an unsuccessful band before ending up where he is now – creating satisfyingly transfixing work full of brow-furrowing graphical goodness.

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DIZZYING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based German artist Erik Parker turned to eye-popping color and dizzying details in his recent paintings. Seemingly in constant motion, his paintings are composed of a myriad of tiny dots, paisleys, teardrops, squiggles, and drips, in a rainbow of bright colors. Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso,  Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

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BOLD AND REBELLIOUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY BONEFACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boneface is an illustrator that had a firm grip on what makes himself tick, and then developed his craft. The illustrations of Boneface are bold and rebellious — the nihilistic spittle of a fun-loving vagrant. Boneface’s drawings are bright and detailed in mischievous gore. The attitude of underground skate videos mixed with the winks and shock of an eighth-grader’s homemade comic book.

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ESSENTIAL FORMS BY BRIAN ALFRED

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn, New York based Brian Alfred‘s paintings, collages, and animations examine how technology has altered our perception of our surroundings and how we process information. Working from photographs, Alfred uses a computer to reduce images (often of architecture, machinery, urban landscapes, and office interiors) to their essential forms, before turning these elements into flattened, bold color fields that retain a handmade feel.

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