LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Nyquist is an American artist working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began a career as a working artist and illustrator. His body of work includes meticulous drawings, paintings, and collages that merge the organic and the industrial.

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Nyquist chooses the line as his tool in creating dense narratives so detailed they straddle the representative and the abstract. His work disrupts stereotypes and forces the viewer to go beyond simply “looking” at things. Each drawing asks us to see analytically and not just physically.

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In a technological age of rapid image making, Nyquist uses classical methods to create contemporary results. From etching to lithography, he upholds the craft of print-making while expanding the possibilities of the medium. The printing process informs his drawings—as he arranges layers and screens of color and texture into each piece.

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QUIRKY DRAWINGS BY STEFAN MARX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hamburg, Germany based Stefan Marx was educated by skate culture in his early teens, and is now the creator of a vast artistic universe, characterized by humorous line drawings of people, animals, and landscapes. He is constantly drawing everything he sees around him, transforming every scene to hundreds of drawings with his quirky style.

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SUPER COOL MONOCHROMATIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY JEREMY NICHOLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and starring at walls.

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MULTICOLORED AND PSYCHEDELIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CAHILL WESSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cahill Wessel is an artist working out of San Francisco and has a vision of the world that we cannot all develop –at least not in all 5 senses. His work is based on his own experiences of life and the world, resulting in multicolored and psychedelic illustrations.

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He works in a variety of styles and mediums, mainly with colored pencil, which is a very labor-intensive medium. Ideas for pencil drawings pop into his head at the most unexpected moments, so he writes notes in his phone while out and about. Then he draws up small sketches of the ideas that he thinks aren’t stupid, select the arrangements that inspire him the most, and translate the sketch into a larger piece. He lightly maps out the imagery in graphite, and then begins the process of building up layers upon layers of colored pencil.

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RIDICULOUS SOCIETIES BY HAI HSIN HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Hai-Hsin Huang paints and draws quickly, basing the compositions on images she finds on institutional websites: government, schools, hospitals, and news outlets. The photographs she uses are vaguely propagandist, and her resulting paintings both poke fun at and reveal the horror in such images.

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Huang’s works explore images indicative of contemporary life. She is interested in the ridiculousness and fear in society, the absurdity and the loneliness. As part of a generation marked by hedonism, people seem to know more but feel less. Catastrophes become assumptions; we practice suffering and crisis with laughter. Huang tries to highlight the lives of  this easy and comfortable generation, and in particular, their lightness of being.

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ALL SHAPES AND SIZES BY NICK ZAREMBA

by Ariadna Zierold

nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playgroundBoston based artist Nick Zaremba‘s (previously featured here) artwork ranges from small drawings, paintings, prints, and large scale murals to web graphics and t shirt designs. When making work, Zaremba combines influences from his youth, skateboarding, DIY ideology, fascination with nature as well as the topics of color, space, time, psychology, semiotics, childhood, and symbolism.

nick zaremba, drawing, drawings, painting, paintings, print, prints, mural, murals, colorful, fun, boston, space, color, childhood, upper playgroundSince 2001 Nick has exhibited on the East Coast of the U.S. as well as globally from Hong Kong to Montreal. Most notably, he was part of a two-person exhibition at Gladstone Gallery in New York, as well as featured as one of the “40 Artists You Should Know” in the nationally juried publication; New American Painters.

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NATURE AND DREAMS BY SIMON PRADES

by Ariadna Zierold

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illustrator and graphic designer Simón Prades lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany and teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier. He says that he prefers to work with analog mediums such ink, pencil and watercolor to help express his fantastic imagination that explores ideas of nature, memory, and dreams.

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His work is often a combination of detailed and complex drawings and narrative ideas. Depending on the subject his illustrations can also be rough, spontaneous and moody.

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GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

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MALLEABLE NATURE BY CHRIS AGNEW

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chris Agnew is a British artist known for his highly detailed drawings and icon panel etchings. He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010.

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Agnew’s work deals with the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, be they political, religious, social or cultural. He is interested by the malleable nature of what we hold as ‘truth’, and how the presentation of information informs our subsequent understanding of events.

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