Robin F Williams is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her figurative paintings explore pervasive American narratives about childhood, identity and gender. Her figurative work explores closely held American mythologies about gender, privilege, and the American Dream. She uses the fictional nature of the painted image to examine the fictions we tell each other as a culture.
California, based Hawaian artist Edwin Ushiro attended the Art Center College of Design and attained a BFA in Illustration. Since then, Ushiro has been working in the amazing world of entertainment as a Production Designer, Visual Consultant, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Concept Designer.
Ushiro’s childhood memories come to life in his paintings — haunting images of friends, family pets, and ghostly specters on the Hawaiian islands where he was born and raised. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own.
Southern California based designer and illustrator Dayoung Cho graduated at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 2014. She likes to create works filled with colors and imagination that will make people happy and put a smile on their faces. Cho’s works are inspired by her childhood memories and her grandmother’s stories.
Austria-based artist Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. While her editorial illustrations are colorful, with conceptual ideas, her personal work, dealing with everything from gender to the relationship between humanity and nature, is ironic and dark.
New York based artist Jim McKenzie, who is also an accomplished animation director has been working on his upcoming debut solo show entitled “Lost Magic”.
McKenzie’s exhibit invites viewers to enter into his surreal imagination: new paintings and hand-painted resin sculptures of playful characters that recall our favorite childhood fairy tales with a twist. Though highly fantastical, to the point of being ridiculous, Jim’s work is filled with darkness, depicting themes of loss and death.
Los Angeles based artist Greg “Craola” Simkins pulls ideas from his childhood- his favorite cartoons, old comics, and vintage packaging- and ties it all together to create art that gives a feeling of being a kid again.
In his new work “Beyond Shadows”, his creations include exotic flora and fauna hybrids, photo-realistic killer whales and blue jays, a tattooed lemon-octopus and more recognizable characters from Pop-culture.
Marc Etherington’s works take pop culture, childhood memories and everyday domestic life as their subject matter, rendering them through a darkly humorous and sometimes absurd lens. References to Jurassic Park, Freddy Krueger, old-school video game aesthetics and boom-boxes point to experiences of coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s, while landscapes and interiors are depicted with an eye for amusing detail.
Self-taught, Etherington has maintained a consistent practice in painting and small sculpture for over a decade and more recently has worked with larger scale sculptural installations and ceramics. His sculptural works touch on themes such as mass production and collectibles.
We first came to know Austrian artist, Gottfried Helnwein through his amazing large scale installations in Ireland such as this one titled “The Last Child” back in 2008.
‘Of Mice and Children’, Gottfried Helnwein‘s current solo exhibition opened this month at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco and will remain on view until November 1st. Making reference to Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’, the artist explores Steinbeck’s dark sense of humanity pervading through out his paintings and provocatively examines ‘childhood’ through his intense portraiture of children.
Most recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Helnwein’s work has been exhibited extensively worldwide, and is featured in the collections of important museums in Europe, Asia and the United States. We take a look at his studio portraits for posted for his current show in SF. More info at helnwein.com
Saturday, May 4th: GAG ME WITH A TOON 5 presented by WWA Gallery and curated by artists Steven Daily and Tomi Monstre. This annual exhibit has artists re-imagining the cartoons of their youth and with recreations of iconic characters spanning the 1960s-1990s.
Open to the public, the gallery reception 7-10PM on Saturday, May 4th. The first 100 attendees opening night will receive a limited edition print. The exhibition will run until June 1st, 2013.
We don’t know much about the artist Simon Monk or his series, “Secret Identity,” but the concept of toys kept preserved in a plastic bag, clean and organized, reminds us of our childhood of keeping our toys neatly organized and orderly. We applaud this painting. (via)