NEW WORK BY ERIK JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erik Jones (previously featured here) received a bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2007. Out of college, working primarily in cover illustration, Erik toured the US, showing at different pop culture and art conventions. He gradually made his way to Brooklyn, New York, in 2009, where he now resides. Erik now focuses on painting primarly for, but not limited to, galleries.

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Erik’s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.

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‘CRYSTALLIZATION’ BY DAVOR GROMILOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Davor Gromilović is a young visual artist currently residing in Sombor, Serbia.
Although painting and drawing are the primary fields of his creative explorations, he also shows creative abilities and genuine commitment to other artistic forms, such as murals, illustrations, graphics, art fanzines and T-shirt design.

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His work is narrative and often inspired by folk-art, fantastic motives of fairy tales, music, cultural heritage, as well as by his personal experiences and inner world. In his work one notices a dominant use of symbols, his inner world and complex reflections from which he develops his ideas and specific intimate aesthetics. Complex, but at the same time purified, strongly imaginative but well-thought-out works adorn this artist’s rich oeuvre.

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NEON PAINTINGS BY SUPER FUTURE KID

by Ariadna Zierold

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Super Future Kid is an artist who doesn’t take things too seriously. There is little room for fine-art codswallop when the very best of East and West’s pop culture come colliding together like asteroids of web culture, 1980s cult cartoons and donuts.

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Super Future Kid’s work is largely based on themes that strongly relate to certain ideas of childhood and youth, a time that still has a great influence on Kid’s personality and artistic identity. Kid is deeply fascinated with the perception and perspective on the world from the view of an adolescent mind, and particularly in related ideas of mystery and strangeness, games and playfulness.

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BY DAYOUNG CHO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dayoung Cho is a Southern California based illustrator and designer. She graduated from Art Center College of Design, Illustration major. Cho wants 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.

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PAINTING SNAPSHOTS BY LIU XIAODONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Liu Xiaodong paints spontaneously from snapshots of friends, family, and everyday life, and is known for his strong brushwork, precise figuration, and rich colors. Early in his career, Liu emphasized scenery and traditional brushwork to create the most realistic realizations of his subjects possible; however, he eventually discarded this practice for cropped framing, unusual perspective, and the use of color to heighten emotion.

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PIXELATED PAINTINGS BY GUY YANAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guy Yanai was born 1977 in Haifa, Israel. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

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Yanai is known for his pragmatic approach to artistically mirroring life, with each scene or character stripped back to almost pixelated results. Standing back, each piece is blatantly obvious as to what it’s trying to represent, but upon closer inspection, you’ll fully be able to appreciate the simplicity of its make up; accented yet bold brush strokes sitting side by side to form texture, light work, complexion and composition.

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VIBRANT LANDSCAPES BY SHAWNA X

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based artist Shawna X‘s artwork is clearly a cascade of psychedelic colors, the designs, content and narrative that hold such a vibrant array is equally as mesmerizing. Everything from nude women, to M. C. Escher-esque landscapes, to Shawna’s own interpretation of still art, her body of work may be diverse, but they’re all just as beautifully mystifying as the next.

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Working with various media including digital illustration, painting, motion, and environmental design. Her work exhibits interest in vibrant colors and juxtaposition of shape and composition to evoke energy, seduction, and morbid curiosity.

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FRENETIC DESIGNS BY SAM TAYLOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sam Taylor translates tech-related questions in a magazine he works in into his frenetic designs: angry blobs, raging batteries and bug-eyed iPhones make regular appearances. The creative freedom makes it a dream job for Taylor, though he does impose rules on the process to make sure everything gels. Taylor draws inspiration from pulp sci-fi covers and sci-fi in general, and has a revolving cast of characters and motifs now that he’s been at it for a minute.

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‘ARTIFACT TO HUMAN COMUNICATION’ BY FELIPE PANTONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentinian-born artist Felipe Pantone (previously featured here) started doing graffiti at the age of 12. He graduated with a Fine Art degree in Valencia (Spain) where his studio is based. Felipe travels the world ceaselessly with his art. His work has been exhibited all over Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

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His style is characterized by the use of bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra-modern aesthetic which complements and reacts with the stark modernity of our cityscapes.

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PSYCHEDELIC NEIGHBORHOODS BY LILKOOL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dallas, Texas-born, New York-based illustrator LilKool took the simplicity of suburban neighborhoods, reduced it into an even more minimalistic aesthetic, then slapped on a palette of vibrant colors. LilKool’s suburban series sees snapshots of suburbia represented in a way we can only imagine a cartoon on LSD would see it. The pop-influenced feel of his illustrations are in fact a response to over flooding of pop culture and how it’s taking over the the minds of creatives.

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