CANDY COATED PAINTINGS BY BRANDI MILNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brandi Milne is an American painter. Born and raised in Anaheim California in the late 1970’s, Milne’s surrounding world of classic cartoons, toys, candies, Disneyland and joyous family Holidays fascinated and deeply influenced her young imagination.

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Self-taught and emotionally driven, Brandi’s work speaks of love, loss, pain and heartbreak underneath a beautiful candy-coated surface. Using elements as language from her child’s mind, Brandi creates a unique surreal world that is undeniably hers.

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VINTAGE EPHEMERA BY NOUAR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Nouar graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has since worked in many artistic facets, including work as a background painter in the television animation industry, and as a freelance illustrator. As a painter, her love of animation, food and vintage ephemera, coupled with darker personal narratives continually act as an inspiration for her work, and her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide.

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MOCHI AND MANGO BY SO YOUN LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Based in San Francisco, So Youn Lee identifies as a fresh contemporary artist best recognized for her vibrant & youthful original paintings reflecting varying themes surrounding innocence. Influenced through iconic 90s asian culture such as comics & animation, Lee hopes to express both an echo of her childhood and the yearning for an innocent utopian future.

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“Mochi refers to one of my favorite snacks when I was young. It is a rice cake filled with red bean paste. I called my characters in my black and white work ‘Mochi’. They look very much like rice cake, soft and chewy. Mango is a fruit as you know, and I call my characters ‘Mango’ in my colored works. I got inspired by its color, texture and taste. When I first started to draw my new character, it looked so weird to me, but senselessly cute. It reminds me of my very first encounter with the taste and textures of a Mango. The texture was so foreign but so delicious at the same time. Now you know that I relate everything with food.” – So Youn Lee

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FLAVORFUL ANATOMIES BY CHARLIE IMMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Charlie Immer is an American fine artist and illustrator. He was born in 1983 and lives in Maryland with a collection of skeletons and candy. Drawing inspiration from horror films, cartoons, nature, candy, and video games, Charlie enjoys dissecting his subjects which creates a contrast between colorful simple characters and the complex beauty of the anatomy within them.

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My concepts come from my fascination with anatomy and my love of candy and toys. I have so much fun creating the blood and bones of my characters. The contrast of the smooth bodies and the complex systems beneath spilling out is very appealing to me. As I’m painting I also try to assign flavors to my characters like blueberry and green apple.” – Charlie Immer

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