UNSEEN ASPECTS OF LIFE BY JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III

by Ariadna Zierold

john felix arnold III, north carolina, new york city, san francisco, bay area, painting, drawing, sculpture, abstraction, colorful, vibrant, upper playground

John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.

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His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity.  He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.

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A SOCIOPOLITICAL CONSTRUCT BY TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA

by Ariadna Zierold

Toyin Ojih Odutola, painting, paintings, portraiture, nigeria, alabama, sociopolitical, multimedia, drawing, drawings, upper playground

Toyin Ojih Odutola creates drawings utilizing diverse mediums to emphasize the striated terrain of an image and its formulaic representations. Odutola focuses on the sociopolitical construct of skin color through her multimedia drawings. Her work explores her personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American culture in conservative Alabama.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

nick sheehy, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, character, characters, surreal, london, australia, low brow, nature, texture, drawing, upper playground

Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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THE WORK OF BENE ROHLMANN

by Ariadna Zierold

bene rohlmann, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, munster, germany, berlin, collage, drawing, mexican, deth cults, traditional, native, nature, advertisements, retro, upper playground

Bene Rohlmann was born in 1985 in Münster, Germany and is currently living and working in Berlin. In 2007 he started his formal training in Design, with a major in Illustration at FH Münster and graduated with his diploma in 2012. His artwork combines various traditional techniques such as collage and drawing, and incorporate a random assortment of themes which interest him, such as Mexican death cults, traditional art from native tribes, lots of nature related themes like moths and plants, classic Disney movies and old advertisements.

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PURVEYOR OF DOODLES JON BURGERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

jon burgerman, new york, doodle, doodles, doodling, drawing, drawings, pop culture, urban, colorful, characters, cartoons, upper playground

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.

jon burgerman, new york, doodle, doodles, doodling, drawing, drawings, pop culture, urban, colorful, characters, cartoons, upper playground

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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HUMAN FRAILTIES BY TONI HAMEL

by Ariadna Zierold

toni hamel, toronto, canada, illustration, painting, installation, nature, human, humor, drawing, drawings, narrative, narratives, upper playground

 

Toni Hamel lives and works in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. She describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties“. Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work that reflect on and interpret the psychological unease characteristic of our age. Virtues and vices, the holy and the profane, the good and the bad all share equal weight in her work and supply an infinite source of material for her investigations.

toni hamel, toronto, canada, illustration, painting, installation, nature, human, humor, drawing, drawings, narrative, narratives, upper playground

Such conceptual framework leads Hamel to work across disciplines: drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations are rendered in both traditional and non-traditional materials and are selected based on their ability to support the particular message she needs to convey. Pointing to historical and psychological references while tackling issues of universal interest, Hamel’s narratives question our behavior to eventually alert us about the repercussions of our current thinking models.

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‘EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST’ BY JESS JOHNSON

by Ariadna Zierold

jess johnson, everything not saved will be lost, illustration, drawing, science fiction, surreal, technology, culture, complex, worlds, pattern, patterns, objects, figures, architectural, environments, new york, upper playground

Jess Johnson (previously featured here) was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. In 2016 she relocated permanently to New York after twelve years of living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her drawing and installation practice is influenced by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings.

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Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated Virtual Reality, thus enabling her audience to have the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic realms depicted in her drawings.

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LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

eric nyquist, line, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, lines, los angeles, meticulous, abstract, representative, etching, lithography, print, printing, upper playground

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.

eric nyquist, line, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, lines, los angeles, meticulous, abstract, representative, etching, lithography, print, printing, upper playground

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.

eric nyquist, line, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, lines, los angeles, meticulous, abstract, representative, etching, lithography, print, printing, upper playground

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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