‘CRYSTALLIZATION’ BY DAVOR GROMILOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate

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.

davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate

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.

davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate

FANTASTIC PENCIL DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground

New York City based illustrator Mike Lee (previously featured here) was born in Placentia, California. He majored in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design and graduated in 2006.  Fortunate enough to find a job in his field right out of school, Mike has been working in the feature film and commercial illustration industry for almost ten years now.  In that time He has been involved in exciting professional projects, but always felt a need to create his own personal artwork. The result is a fantastic blend of detail, simplicity, precise planning and dream-like scenarios.

mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground mike lee, pencil, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, drawings, new york city, detailed, scenarios, landscapes, situations, upper playground

GEOMETRIC STRUGGLES BY JON FOX

by Ariadna Zierold

jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground

Born in Hereford, UK, Jon Fox graduated in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2004. A child of the 80s, he was initially attracted to Japanese and American cartoons, comics and computer games, along with hip hop and the graffiti styles that came with it.

jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground

Dynamic geometric structures, angular shapes and striking color characterize Fox’s tightly packed scenes of mystical figures and their existential struggles. Drawing on personal introspection, Fox juggles narrative and pictorial composition to produce vivid mindscapes, layered journeys in search of an underlying energy and balance.

jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground jon fox, painting, paintings, uk, geometric, colorful, mindscapes, detailed, surreal, upper playground

NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground

Portland based Zoe Keller (previously featured here) is an illustrator exploring the intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences. She spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast.

zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground

FASCINATING WONDERLANDS BY ALICE LIN

by Ariadna Zierold

alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground

Beijing based Alice Lin, aka LINLIN, is a freelance artist as well as painter and 3D Art with a passion for new Chinese meticulous painting and 3D projection art. She first fell in love with the technique when she was a child, inspired by Chinese tradition techniques and surrealism.

alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground

Alice style is rich and full of details, harmonizes apparently discordant elements and intertwines them together by a skillful use of drawings and paintings. The resulting is unique, fanciful whimsical, undertones of wit and a good old vivid finish. This new and fascinating wonderland of possible realities combines with the human figure, plants, animals into a singular, calm, dark vision.

alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground alice lin, linlin, beijing, china, painting, paintings, painter, surreal, surrealism, detailed, wonderland, rich, plants, animals, upper playground

FUTURISTIC PERSPECTIVES BY JOHN MAHONEY

by Ariadna Zierold

john mahoney, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, futuristic, surreal, perspective, detail, detailed, upper playground

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 mahoney, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, futuristic, surreal, perspective, detail, detailed, upper playground

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.

john mahoney, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, futuristic, surreal, perspective, detail, detailed, upper playground john mahoney, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, futuristic, surreal, perspective, detail, detailed, upper playground john mahoney, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, futuristic, surreal, perspective, detail, detailed, upper playground

ANAMORPHIC 3D GRAFFITI BY SERGIO ODEITH

by Ariadna Zierold

sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground

Sergio Odeith is a Portuguese painter and muralist currently based in Lisbon. He is best known as one of the pioneers of anamorphic 3D graffiti, which create the illusion of spatial depth. All of his artworks are extremely detailed and realistic, almost photographic in their unbelievable precision. His style is also considered obscure and it is called sombre 3D, meaning dark three-dimensional style.

sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground sergio odeith, mural, muralist, anamorphic, 3d, lisbon, portugal, street art, optical illusion, detailed, sombre 3d, upper playground

 

FANTASTIC REALISM BY IRVING NORMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground

Irving Norman‘s art evolved out of American Expressionism and though he understood and admired what his contemporaries were accomplishing, Irving followed the song of a different muse. He said at one time: The path I followed chose me, not me it, I was led to painting by experiencing life, it’s contemplation and a desperate need to give it expression. I find spiritual strength in the artists of the remotest past to the immediate present.”

irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground

Although influenced by the Social Realists of his time, Norman’s style of figuration was set apart by a predilection for caricature – a realism inflamed by the fantastic rather than the natural. The horror and futility of war as experienced by the artist in Spain certainly equipped him with an apocalyptic vision. Norman was creating meticulously detailed realistic paintings and making use of “cartoon” aesthetics decades before the advent of Photorealism or the current “low-brow” fad.

irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground irving norman, expressionism, figuration, figurative, caricature, fantastic, realism, detailed, meticulous, painting, paintings, upper playground