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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent video collaborations withSimon 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 inmulticolored and psychedelic illustrations.
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.
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.
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.
Boston 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.
Since 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.