THE HUMAN PSYCHE BY LUNA MONOGATARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visual artist Luna Monogatari‘s work explores many fields such as illustration, painting, sculpture and film making. Through her work, Luna defies reality and questions preconceived concepts made by humans before us, exploring the human psyche. We are living in a crucial era, where the climate change may affect life as we know it, so her passion for astronomy, science fiction and geometric shapes lead her to explore new reinterpretations of our world.

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SPOOKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY TRAVIS LAMPE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began “developing his illustration style,” which is not the same thing as “procrastinating.” Finally, when he felt the world was ready, he began his slow explosion onto the art and illustration scene, as it were.

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DYNAMIC AESTHETIC BY PAUL LOUBET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Loubet is a french artist living between France and Spain. The many iterations of Loubet’s work are as varied and dynamic as his aesthetic itself. As he describes it, it’s about developing an all encompassing  set of skills, approaching his art in the same way as the artists that inspire him.

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CARTOONISH WATERCOLORS BY ALFRED STEINER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Alfred Steiner describes his work as drawing influence from both “art historical and pop cultural sources, especially those with a penchant for the grotesque,” and lists Hieronymus Bosch and Homer Simpson among his inspirations.

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Steiner’s cartoonish watercolors are made through a laborious process: he slowly gathers fragments of unseemly images—including those of toys, half-eaten fruit, rotting teeth, dead insects, sea creatures, artillery, and sexual organs—that he then pieces together into narrative compositions or resemblances of pop culture icons. Steiner’s practice is also informed by the artist’s prior 15-year career as a copyright and trademark lawyer, and his extensive knowledge of intellectual property regulations.

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CARTOONISH SCENES BY NICOLAS BARROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicolas Barrome grew up in the Basque country and made his debut at the School of Applied Arts in Bordeaux, before embarking in the illustration and create with his friends the Jeanspezial collective. First to paint the walls with friends, his images are evolving rapidly following the discovery of new techniques, including etching, which will have a real impact on the way of producing images. Barrome’s wild, cartoonish scenes play with texture and expectation. Each piece tethered by his rendering of cutesy characters and objects alongside darker elements.

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POP SURREALISM BY TODD SCHORR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Todd Schorr is an American artist and one of the most prominent members of the “Lowbrow” art movement or pop surrealism. Combining a cartoon influenced visual vocabulary with a highly polished technical ability, based on the exacting painting methods of the Old Masters, Schorr weaves intricate narratives that are often biting yet humorous in their commentary on the human condition.

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Schorr grew up as a child in Oakland, New Jersey. Showing a compulsion for drawing at an early age, his parents enrolled him in Saturday morning art classes when he was five years old. Deeply affected by fantasy movies such as the 1933 film classic “King Kong” and the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, their influence along with comic books such as “Mad” would have a lasting effect on Schorr’s developing visual vocabulary.

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TRAGICOMIC FIGURES BY FREDRIK RADDUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oslo, Norway based Fredrik Raddum works with sculpture, installation, photo and performance related journeys. He has exhibited at various spaces since 2001. Raddum popularizes serious themes and embodies them in tragicomic animal and human figures resembling cartoon characters. Clichés and icons are twisted and turned in to new settings. Without obvious display of critical attitude, Raddum’s sculptures drop subtle hints encouraging the viewer to think beyond the initial encounter.

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MULTI EYED CREATURES BY TIM MOLLOY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tim Molloy is a New Zealand illustrator and comic artist, living and working in Melbourne. Since 2006 he has collaborated with writer Adam Lachlan to produce Life on Earth cartoons. Recently he has published two graphic novels, ‘It Shines and Shakes and Laughs’ and ‘Mr Unpronounceable Adventures’.

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RAW ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS BODILY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ogden-based Chris Bodily‘s illustrated and cartoon-like works containing beyond-normal children and and an array of creatures and monsters have been a fixture of the local art scene since becoming a professional freelance artist right out of college, earning him a place in several exhibitions.

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Bodily’s illustrations are simultaneously raw, funny, messy, cartoonish, and heartbreaking. A big goofy monster holding prescriptions and wanting his heart to be seen with allusions to happiness scribbled on the wall says volumes about the human condition.

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