THE IMAGERY OF FRANK GONZALES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Gonzales‘ work is about taking reference from various sources including books, the net and photos to comprise and create his own imagery. By creating his paintings through reference or made up elements, there becomes a play between artificiality and realism. He likes to combine elements that may seem believable picture wise, but wouldn’t normally thrive in real life. Frank’s compositions are never thought out much beforehand. He likes the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image as a jump off point for the rest of the painting. One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there. He finds this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. Various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.

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UNDERLYING DUALITIES BY BENNETT SLATER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bennett Slater (previously featured here) is a Canadian illustrator, designer and graduate from the illustration program at the Sheridan Institute. Bennett’s work is drawn from the relationships the future shares with the past; the new from the old, life from death. Utilizing traditional oil methods on wood, his work plays with techniques borrowed from Flemish and Dutch master disciplines combined with bold, geometric forms linked to more contemporary futurism and deco sensibilities. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.

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POST POP SURREALISM BY CASEY WELDON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Casey Weldon (previously featured here) is an American illustrator and fine artist known for his brightly-colored surrealist paintings of multi-eyed cats and mystical women. He uses melancholy and humor in conjunction with the iconography of modern pop culture, leading his critics to designate his style as “post-pop surrealism.”

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CALCULATED PRECISION BY NIELS DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Niels de Jong was born in the Netherlands and currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. Growing up in a family of creatives Niels was always surrounded and influenced by different elements of art. From visiting his grandparents and their wood working shop to watching his father paint and sketch day in day out.

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His history in Architecture and his love for nature and the outdoors is projected onto his current paintings and art works. Niels uses both these elements by combining geometric and organic shapes, looking for the perfect composition where the result is close to calculated precision.

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EXPRESSIVE CHARACTERS BY DAVID CHUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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David “The Chung!!” Chung’s relatable body of work revolves around the recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our complex human emotions. Occasionally placed in unfortunate and/or awkward scenarios, The Chung!!’s colorful and expressive menagerie of characters are a study of his own personal day to day life. Packed with humor and heart, his work helps remind us to stop taking life so seriously and take a moment to step back and laugh at what is essentially ourselves.
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Although born in Albany, New York, David spent the majority of his early childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The remainder of his youth was spent in Upstate New York where he graduated from high school. After attending the University at Buffalo for 2 years, he eventually transferred and graduated from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) as an illustration major in 2006. David’s work has been featured in galleries around the world and he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, baby and dog. During the day, when he isn’t painting or working on designer toys, David works in the animation industry and is currently an Art Director at Dreamworks TV. He has worked on shows such as “Futurama”, “Robot and Monster”, “Clarence”, “Regular Show” and “Sanjay and Craig.”

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BOLD LANDSCAPES BY DEEDEE CHERIEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel (previously featured here) is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s.  Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19.  Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.

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Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world.  With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

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MYSTICAL ICONOGRAPHY BY ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Adrian Landon Brooks (previously featured here) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Brooks works predominately in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas.

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“Creating otherworldly backdrops for mystical iconography has long been a driving force in my work. Wormholes, starscapes and portals serve as monuments to something greater than myself. Through the process of making this work, I attempt to share my vision of a higher power and purpose.” Adrian Landon Brooks

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IMAGINARY NATURE BY DULK

by Ariadna Zierold

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As a child, Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk loved watching the fledglings and seeing them grow, as well as the fish, dogs, and horses that lived on the property. When he wasn’t out and about, he copied illustrations of exotic animals that he found in his parents’ collection of old enciclopedias. And he took his sketchbook with him everywhere from then on. At the age of eighteen, a close friend persuaded him to tackle the walls of the city and suggested he take the pseudonym of Dulk. He then started a diploma in economics, but dropped out in the first year to study illustration then graphic design at the University of Valencia.

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Today, Dulk is an all- purpose artist. Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisement, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. He participated in a lot of group shows around the world in cities as Vancouver, Miami, New York, Brussels, Paris and Chicago. Always looking at things from the same innocent viewpoint that he is so fond of – that of a child- the artist created animal themed works in organic colors. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans. Maybe they are wanting to warn us of Earth’s bleak future following an environmental catastrophe.

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THE MULTILAYERED WORK OF RYOTA MATSUMOTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ryota Matsumoto is a principal and founder of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. Born in Tokyo, he was raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s.

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Ryota’s drawings explore and demonstrate the hybrid/multi-layered process where varying scale, juxtaposition of different forms, intertwined textures/tones are applied to reinvent and question the spatial conditions of drawings. Most of work combine both traditional media (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital media (algorithmic processing, scripting and image compositing with custom software).

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PURVEYOR OF DOODLES JON BURGERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Jon Burgerman is a UK born artist instigating improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle. He is a purveyor of doodles and is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style.

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His work is placed between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using humor to reference and question his contemporary milieu. His is a pervasive and instantly recognizable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals (indoor and outside), sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings).

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