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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QUIRKY DRAWINGS BY STEFAN MARX

by Ariadna Zierold

stefan marx, drawing, drawings, quirky, hamburg, germany, line, humorous, people, animals, landscape, upper playground

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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MULTICOLORED AND PSYCHEDELIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CAHILL WESSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

cahill wessel, drawing, illustration, illustrations, drawings, colored pencil, colorful, surreal, bizarre, humor, weird, psychedelic, multicolored, san francisco, upper playground

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

hai hsin huang, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, fun, humor, ridiculous, society, contemporary life, absurd, brookly, upper playground

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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FLAT ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRYCE WYMER

by Ariadna Zierold

bryce wymer, illustration, brooklyn, new york, flat, colorful, perspective, drawings, sketches, upper playground

Bryce Wymer is a director, designer, visual artist, illustrator and musician, currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. Wymer develops, designs, and directs within a variety of platforms, ranging from live action and animation projects to interactive to experiential design. He also operates Flat Earth Studios, a visual arts space specialized in fine art narratives and image making. Check out some of his illustrations and sketches.

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HUMAN STATES OF EMOTION BY LISA JONASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

lisa jonasson, illustration, painting, graphics, drawings, colorful, folk, characters, narrative, upper playground

Lisa Jonasson’s graphics, posters, comics, and drawings could, at first glance, be taken for the products of a naïve approach to art, because, in great detail and opulently, they mirror the variety of the world in vast ink panoramas. But at second glance, they are not archaic, but artistic research projects treating human states of emotion and their external manifestation, perception of oneself and others, and the collective’s effects on the individual.

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