Los Angeles based Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often, since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors.
Her work is autobiographical and full of fun with her signature naive style but true painting talent. She has a wide range of styles, but it’s all rich in detail and symbolism, and powerful in its impact. Watson’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged, wanting to know more.
CB Hoyo was born in 1995 in Havana, Cuba. At a young age, he immigrated to the Dominican Republic, and now lives in Belgium. His artistic process began as a child, when he started interpreting the world through his paintings. Over the past few years, his work has increased in stature.
A self-trained artist, CB Hoyo continually produces works that celebrate life itself. Fresh, colorful, and fun are three words that easily describe his creations. Working in acrylics, either on canvas or paper, the artist uses a mixture of art historical trends but always incorporates his unique voice.
Craig Atkinson is an artist, photographer and publisher based in the North West of England. In 2005 Craig founded Café Royal Books, a publishing house featuring generally, but not exclusively, British documentary photography focusing on aspects of change from 1970—2000.
Apart from publishing, Craig’s artistic practice is centred around people and place, specifically Brutalist architectural groupings as sculptural masses. Craig is also a lecturer in Fine Art, Drawing and Image Making and Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire.
Check out a selection of some of his illustrations.
Denton, Texas based artist Matt Gordon was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Denton, Texas. He graduated with BFA in Graphic Design from Texas State University — San Marcos and with MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Check out his quirky skeleton series.
Laurina Paperina is an Italian artist who lives between Italy and Duckland, a small town in the Universe. She studied at the Institute of Art in Rovereto and the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona, Italy.
She paints, draws, creates installations and video animations.
Working predominantly with the imaginary of contemporary heroes, her works reference contemporary pop culture and the 1980s and ‘90s eras of her childhood. Paperina has over the past years created artworks especially about on the Art World that present a ironic commentary in response to current events.
Jan Robert Duennweller is an illustrator based in Passau, Germany and occasionally working from Berlin. His work has a content–driven approach with a focus on humor and versatility. His innocent-looking drawings disguise his ability to condense complex subjects into engaging and amusing images. Having first studied industrial design, Jan then took a masters in visual communications in Istanbul and at the Bauhaus in Germany.