SCULPTURES BY DOUBLEPARLOUR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco. They are a husband and wife artistic duo living in San Francisco, CA. Cassandra has a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and Ernie is a self taught artist. Doubleparlour’s work includes  solo and collaborative pieces in a variety of mediums and materials. They strive to produce well-crafted artwork with an emphasis on peculiar, humorous, and melacholy characters.

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THE VIBRANT WORK OF GLEO

by Ariadna Zierold

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GLeo is a street art from Cali in Colombia. She uses just simple paint brushes and rollers for her works and skilfully creates highly imaginative as well as vibrant work. Beautifully detailed, GLeo’s colorful scenes and fantastic creations catch and hold your attention, like hypnotic Chimera dancing in their urban landscapes.

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DARK SURREALISM BY JOSE LUIS LOPEZ GALVAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican surrealist painter Jose Luis Lopez Galvan’s work and fine art develops into dark surrealism, in a world where Velasquez and Hieronymus Bosch could go into ecstasies in front of a version of Rembrandt’s ‘Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’ with dwarf rabbits.

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Animals and humans inhabit the work of Galvan, fighting for their membership to both bestiality and civilization. Some creatures in between are at the limit of lycanthropia and could easily be affiliated to the universe of American horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and William Hodgson. Some pieces even allude to cannibalism, with a bizarre subtle eroticism. Disturbing compositions, poetic metamorphosis and portraits of femmes fatales complete his work and he is not afraid to promote the odd beauty of nightmares and Freudian subconscious.

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QUIRKY CERAMIC SCULPTURES BY CHAO HARN KAE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chao Harn Kae was born in Malaysia. He graduated in Malaysia Institute of Art (Major in Fine Art) in 1997. He has resided and worked in Hong Kong since 2004. He has been participating in art exhibitions in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chao uses clay to create the most unusual sculptures of quirky creatures, many of which combine human elements such as hands protruding from their heads. The fragility of his ceramic pieces hints at our own fragile existence on earth, and how we’re closer to nature than we might think.

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MONSTERS AND WILD CREATURES BY CHUCK CHAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.

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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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‘SPACE ANGELS’ BY BUNNIE REISS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bunnie ‘Bonnie’ Reiss was born in Maryland, but raised mostly with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado. Having come from a large Polish/Russian family, eating, loud talking and community shaped her life. She was a tiny rebel with a large imagination, knowing at a young age that she quite didn’t fit in and the world was a much bigger place than quiet suburban landscape that seemed to endlessly surround her.

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Her work is heavily influenced by her Eastern European background, with its tradition of folk art, bright colors and community engagement. Her extensive travels have also added an extra layer of conversation, which make her creations unique. She has shown extensively in both the United States and around the world, in galleries, alternative spaces, bookstores, abandoned buildings, fields and forests, or any place that seems to need a little extra magic. Her brightly colored folk murals decorate many countries and can be found all over the world.

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NATURALISTIC ILLUSTRATION BY SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, Saddo started his artistic career as founder of one of the first Romanian street art collectives, The Playground, in a time when a freshly graduated artist didn’t have other possibilities than to be a graphic designer or a teacher. But his street art activity brought a fresh fun vibe to his way of perceiving art and the world, and opened doors to many different projects, commissions for advertising agencies, collaborations with galleries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Glasgow, Salvador, etc.

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Going through many different phases and influences, from horror movie posters, street art, comics, Saddo has recently developed his style into more elaborate shapes, with many different influences from old masters of 15th – 17th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch, Brueghel, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion, mythology.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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