John Mahoney is a seasoned professor at CalArts, USC, and Gnomon. He teaches figure drawing, sculpture, film design, storyboards, stop motion animation, and character design. Beside teaching at academic environments, John also taught creative training classes like sculptures and zBrush at many world top VFX and Game studios, such as ILM, Blizzard. Mahoney crafts strange, futuristic illustrations that are marked by absorbing detail and shifting perspectives.
John’s illustration work has been showcased in Spectrum, the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and in the book Erotic Signature, the World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today. The release of the book will mark the launching of the Exhibition Tour starting in Miami, then New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and London. John has had several gallery exhibitions around the Los Angeles area, including a one man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.
South Korean artist Choi Xooang has been sculpting for the last 10 years his unearthly but highly intricate human figures. Distorted and haunting Choi Xooang’s work reveals his deep concern for the human condition in society – and how he feels that something needs to change. Although the viewer is both repulsed and fascinated by the gut-wrenching hyperrealist sculptures of human bodies, Xooang’s mastery of the art and eye for detail right down to the smallest vein.
His freakish figurative sculptures are mutilated or abbreviated. Merging unexpectedly, flesh is sewn together with ribbons, heads are plunged together to make one, a head is replaced with that of a hound or an ostrich and fists are plunged into backs of heads Ultimately, people are silenced and held captive by their condition.
Artistic Duo, Muralists and imagemakers Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann started working on their creative abilities from a very young age. Working together seamlessly, they both enjoy working in realistic styles. With loads of contrast in subjects. Technique and style have a high priority in the artwork of Telmo & Miel, true craftsmanship is what they want to produce. They work separately on ideas for murals and come together with the sketches to see if combinations can be made. The result is usually very surrealistic, with attention to detail. They always work on the same piece together and are able to switch places when ever wanted or needed.
Artist Ben Tolman creates incredibly intricate drawings that dig for the heart beneath the hard edges of the built environment. He lives and works in Washington DC. He received his MFA in 2012 from American University and his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally including being an exhibited finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Tolman has focused on the built environment—cities and suburbs, real and imagined, and the effects that they have, for better or for worse, on the people who inhabit them.
Los Angeles based artist Meagan Boyd‘s work often depicts utopian atmospheres filled with modern day nymphs, deities, holy beings, and party monsters who reveal the the interconnectivity of animals, people and nature. Through her art making process, she explores the transcendence between dreams and waking-life in the context of magic and myth. Using an explosive color palate along with intricate line-work, her freakishly folkish style combines the nostalgic essence of the fauves juxtaposed with a neon-like urban glow.
Brooklyn based artist Mi Ju received her BFA in painting and drawing at Yeungnam University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Later Mi went on to earn her MFA in painting and drawing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Her work is an improvisation in liminality: between dream and concretized, ancient and contemporary, Korea and the West, ephemeral and eternal, the uncensored and codified. Each character, pattern and energy reflects states of consciousness that are revealed in the creative act, a form of both improvisation and organization wherein the uncensored is working in concert with momentary, yet specific compositional organizations. It is Ju’s intention that the work will be a place of meeting between memory, dream and fantasy, and concretized into meaningful visual terms.
Sydney-based artist Max Prentis’ style is based upon detail and a strong emphasis on visual storytelling. Machines, isolated figures and not to distant wastelands are a common reoccurring subject in Max’s work.
Prentis’ technique is unique in the way he can apply his style to a variety of tones. His body of work is one that varies from playful to aggressive, and realistic to fantastical.
Jamie Mills is an artist, illustrator, animator and educator currently based in York, U.K. Creating intricately detailed landscapes and wildlife creatures, his work is inspired by L.S Lowry and Brooks Salzwedel. Jamie’s illustrations are beyond two-dimensional flat imagery, but tangible and malleable zines and packages that are cleverly constructed to make the viewer feel drawn in. Leaning towards a style that is naturalistic, his images are very much based on nature, and the explorations and explanation of objects through story telling.
All hand drawn, his work can be described as intensely mono, a style that has been conceived from the avoidance of computer illustration, opting for a minimalist pencil. A craftsman that is as sentimental about his tools as his craft, Jamie’s illustrations reflect a need for absolute dedication and perseverance, a process that is both tiresome and painstaking, but leads to an unquestionable fulfilment.
Los Angeles based artist James R. Eads works with a background in traditional printmaking and painting. Like a map to a new world, his pieces act as illustrations for something unknown. Eads takes this feeling of discovery and scatters it throughout his work, offering a glimpse of the underlying magic of everything. He uses motion and color to create impressionistic dreamlike paintings that sway between reality and fiction.
James works primarily with a digital drawing tablet to create his pieces. This allows for the seamless transition to high quality prints. He takes what he has learned from his experience in painting and printmaking and translates it to the tablet resulting in work that can disguise itself as something else.
Philadelphia-based artist Armando Veve, creates drawings of surreal scenes and constructions, though each element is rendered in realism. With obsessive attention to detail and a mind that can conjure up epic and surreal scenes, his art becomes a world within its self. His work isn’t just exotic, exquisite, and excellently crafted, but he injects an odd and weird sense of humor that draws viewers to further explore his artistic realm. The style recalls both pointillism and vintage illustrations in reference books.
“The way I compose some drawings is very similar to how a sculptor arranges physical objects. I love to think of the drawings as blueprints for physical things.” – Armando Veve.