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.
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.
Ryan Lauderdale is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Cushing, Oklahoma, and graduated from Hunter College in 2012 with an MFA in Combined Media. His work slips between associations of Modernist furniture and architecture into other realms where similar codes have been borrowed and particularized such as the aspirational marketing of exercise equipment, transcendental meditation, and the faux-fancy gaudiness common to cheap casinos and strip clubs. His combination of design nostalgia with minimal art just works. It amounts to a precisely observed American Mannerism that is simultaneously earnest and cheeky.
“What we think of as a tidy and linear historical timeline becomes wholly strange and interconnected when looking at specific visual historical threads such as car design or mall architecture. We see how hopes and dreams were passed from one source only to be modulated to different aims by another. The Internet, with all of its archiving potential, further establishes this rhizomatic worldview as reality. Nodes of information collide, mix and hybridize. It is here that the potential for new cultural material can grow.”
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Daniel Martin Diaz is a fine artist with an insatiable curiosity to explore the mysteries of life and science. Diaz has designed artwork for large public art projects in the US and has won many awards such as a gold and platinum record designed for Atlantic Records.
“Over the past few years, I have become immersed in scientific and philosophical concepts, such as Anatomy, Computer Science, Math, Cosmology, Biology, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness. I have been particularly fascinated with scientific diagrams, which explain theories and properties through imagery. Although these rudimentary images are without any leanings towards aesthetics, I find them to be beautiful, though that is not the intention. All of the projects I have created begin as drawings, which I feel has a beauty and intimacy that painting cannot capture. The subtle lines that graphite creates, and the quickness in which one can capture an idea makes this medium alluring.” Daniel Martin Diaz
Istanbul, Turkey based Ayca Telgeren fictionalizes the known undefined heroes of an imaginary atmosphere beyond perception of time, space and form. The artist, whose works contain an attempt to reach a sincere and direct expression, embraces an unpremeditated interaction with life and free flow of thought as her practice.
The artist who has taken up to colossal scale in due course her paper works which she has started as miniature tries in year 2007, uses paper as paint/pencil. The artist, who defines the phase of production as a meticulous and fiery exploration process, says that the flexible, intimate and fragile structure of the material corresponds really well to the state of mind of works of this period.
Valencia, Spain based Moisés Mahiques‘ large drawings are both technically accomplished as well as being conceptually complex using drawing to question the value system of the individual, of contemporary life, action and consequence and above all the expressive possibilities of the line and figure.
At first glance these drawings are chaotic, a dense network of animated lines that attempt to capture an essence, the figure becoming an anthropomorphic expression of our alienation from the environment. On an aesthetic level Mahiques drawings are beautiful to look at, to peer into, the action dynamic, the line so clean, precise, so definite.
Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.
Harriet Lee-Merrion is a freelance illustrator living in Bristol, originally from Falmouth, Cornwall. Her recurring theme is the complexity of human condition, analyzed through a visual style which reveals an ideal balance between oriental features and English heritage.
Narrations of love, joy and madness interweave in delicate line works, sometimes without even the need for any color. The clean lines lend well to intricate designs, and the complex ideas that make her work so interesting are engrossing.
Chicago-based artist, Ben Marcus makes comics that feel inspired by all things trippy, alien, and David Bowie. His favorite manga is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. His comic has a particular clarity in the line work because he wants the reader to keep track of the plot. Clean and clear language for dramatic and poetic purposes.
“The proportions of the facial features is important to me and I draw and re-draw them. Too many times. I wanted my characters to have a contemplative complexity to them. A depth of consciousness that a sense of animation is born of. I drew everything by hand and scanned it and added the half-tones in photoshop.” Ben Marcus
T-Wei is an artist and illustrator working in Wellington, NZ. Aside from his personal body of work of quirky drawings, his work experience includes the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, PikPok, and Resn.
Influenced by the street, his art is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds.