‘CRYSTALLIZATION’ BY DAVOR GROMILOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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AMAZING LINE DRAWINGS BY AMOS GOLDBAUM

by Ariadna Zierold

amos goldbaum, line, drawing, drawings, surreal, intricate, san francisco, upper playground

San Francisco based artist Amos Goldbaum’s intricate line drawings are applied using both traditional mediums and on t-shirts. Goldbaum started selling his drawings on the street about ten years ago, and built up his curbside shop to include prints and t-shirts. He credits his mother, who always put a pencil in his hand when he was bored.

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AMERICANA BY ADEE ARDON

by Ariadna Zierold

adee ardon, illustration, drawing, drawings, illustrations, americana, tel aviv, israel, roads, adventure, upper playground

Tel Aviv based illustrator Adee Ardon was born in Dallas TX and moved to Israel when she was four. Adee has her B.Des in Visual Communication from Shenkar College,
where she majored in Illustration and has done a ‘Culture, Design and Fine Arts’ summer program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

adee ardon, illustration, drawing, drawings, illustrations, americana, tel aviv, israel, roads, adventure, upper playground

She has always wanted to go back and explore the United States, the back roads and infinites highways, middle-of-nowhere diners and greater than life adventures.
This is the story of her imaginary road trip, and the exploration of America as she sees it, inspired by famous road trip cinematography and literature.

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LINE WORK DRAWINGS BY CHRIS YEE

by Ariadna Zierold

chris yee, line, drawing, drawings, pop culture, japanese, sydney, australia, comic, illustration, illustrations, cartoon, upper playground

Sydney-based artist Chris Yee blends influences of Japanese pop culture, hip hop performances, Australian youth culture and Western comic illustrations together into brilliantly intricate line work drawings. The cartoon-inspired creative delivers work that is notably vibrant, not always in color but rather in the energy it gives off. Known for his use bold lines and minimal color choice, Chris brings life to the likes of rap show comic reviews, record cover illustrations, and murals alike.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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