MISCHIEVOUS MICROCOSM BY BONETHROWER

by Ariadna Zierold

david m cook, bonethrower, illustration, skulls, surreal, colorful, los angeles, upper playground

David M. Cook is the architect of a mischievous microcosm. Amicable and unassuming, he hardly seems the “type” to consistently and skillfully crank out such a lewd labyrinth of work, but the cheeky hedonism comes all too naturally. Based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn, but originally from Louisville, Kentucky, David (who also answers to Bonethrower) uses no shortage of fine lines to design a world that is equal parts modern mysticism and memento mori—at the end of the day, it all sinks in like a psychotropic drug.

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CONSTANT CHANGES IN LIFE BY PO HSU HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Po Hsu Huang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After a series of trials and mistakes, Po Hsu Huang started his journey as an independent artist. His paintings focus on the relation between the surroundings and one self, with a significant, colorful and bright manner. The constant changes in life and the warm climate in Southern Taiwan may have had a great impact on the artist.

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STRANGE GRAVITY BY PRISCILLA YU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Priscilla Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. She paints worlds that appear to dwell in a strange gravity. Her work employs geometric forms and skewed perspective, as a stylistic constraint, which is sprinkled with the intuitive balancing of color, form, and texture that she internalized as a child.

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MELANCHOLIC WORLDS BY MILENA HUHTA

by Ariadna Zierold

milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground

Helsinki-based illustrator Milena Huhta creates worlds filled with conflicted and melancholy characters. Huhta draws girls and guys, but the girls take center stage in her recent work. Huhta instills in her subject matter a shameless self-awareness that she learned from characters like Sailor Moon.

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Huhta loves sci-fi themed manga: Ghost in the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Aeon Flux. She’s also a fan of Fifth Element and the Alien films. The colors she uses in her illustrations take her work to the next level. The addition of color is an instinctual process and the powdered colors paired with a few neons make it feel so right.

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WRITHING PATTERNS BY DOMINIC KESTERTON

by Ariadna Zierold

dominic kesterton, illustration, pattern, colorful, geometric, humor, squiggles, compositions, edinburgh, upper playground

Edinburgh-based illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of  compositions made up of beautiful color shades and squiggles. Kesterton’s fantastical 2D universe of writhing patterns, psychedelic colors, digitally rendered forms, and abstract, geometric figures are both evocative and abstract in equal measure.

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POST ANALOGUE LANGUAGE BY ANJA SALONEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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LA-born and bred, Anja Salonen studied fine art at California Institute of the Arts. Salonen’s paintings have a splash of technicolor plasticine world about them. While her oddly-colored figures have often human bodies, more surreal elements can be found in their faces in the form of poster-paint toned noses, eyes and lips. While aware of their historical context, Salonen’s paintings are heavily reliant on a post-analogue visual language, and explore the interaction between body and virtual.

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SENSORY OVERLOAD BY PAUL YORE

by Ariadna Zierold

paul yore, tapestries, assemblages, installation, excess, rainbow, colorful, overload, altar, mixed media, upper playground

Paul Yore’s work of tapestries and assemblages is full of excess, ejaculating penises and a riot of rainbow colors. It is a sensory overload of colors, images, words and sounds; a reflection of a consumer society that has achieved peak stuff.

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The commercial, sexual and national mix with the religious forms, the altar piece and the temple with tapestries and mixed media art. His art is a mix of the infantile and juvenile with the pornographically adult, full of juvenile humour and childish joy.

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SUBTLE JABS BY SOME HOODLUM

by Ariadna Zierold

some hoodlum, illustration, pop culture, artists, humor, jabs, colorful, upper playground

Some Hoodlum is an extremely talented graphic designer, Internet jokester, and quality meme creator who continues to build his portfolio, working on projects with Comedy Central, Soulection, Migos, and many more. Focused on bright colors and subtle jabs at pop culture, his art is genuine and pure.

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Through a unique style, this artist is creating something no one else has done before with bright colors and different artists’ faces. Most of the art makes puns out of celebrities and references to music. Artists on this account include Drake, Flosstradamus, LOUDPVCK, Ta-Ku, Ariana Grande and more.

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