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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SOCIAL JUSTICE BY MODUPEOLA FADUGBA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Abuja, Nigeria based Modupeola Fadugba is a multi-media artist working in painting, drawing, and socially-engaged installation. With a background in engineering, economics, and education, she works at the nexus of science, politics, and art. Fadugba works in series addressing cultural identity, social justice, game theory, and the art world within the socio-political landscape of Nigeria and our greater global economy.

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CHARGED IMAGERY BY ERIC YAHNKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Yahnker employs elaborate metaphors and cultural commentaries in his monumental, irreverent charcoal and colored pencil drawings. Immediately appealing on their surfaces, Yahnker’s drawings convey deeper meanings to viewers who patiently engage with them. The artist begins his drawings as a series of words in a sketchbook, collaging ideas as much as images. The results are aggregations of witty, politically charged imagery.

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FUN ANIMATIONS BY REBEKKA DUNLAP

by Ariadna Zierold

rebekka dunlap, drawing, illustration, animation, brooklyn, fun, quirky, upper playground

Brooklyn, New York based illustrator Rebekka Dunlap grew up in the Pacific Northwest, studied at the School of Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in nihilism. Sometimes she draws comics about the things we feel but can’t explain.

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She recently illustrated the indie game Cibele, winner of the IGF Nuovo Award and released her first collection of comics, Dream Tube, through the publisher Youth In Decline. Her experiences include creating online content for Frederator Studios, illustrating apps for TinyBop and making pictures for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, BUST Magazine, BOOM Studios and Lucky Peach. However, she cannot do a cartwheel or curl her tongue.

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