METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES BY JIM BUCKELS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jim Buckels is a delightful anomaly: An artist more driven by his inner visions than by fashions and trends. Yet, his work possesses an innate sophistication that places it prominently within the post-modern mainstream. In fact, Buckels is a Neo-Surrealist of a peculiarly American Breed: a creator of dream-like images, rendered in a meticulous, modern airbrush technique with the crystalline clarity of a Colonial limner. In his lithographs and serigraphs, as well as in his acrylic paintings, Buckels limns a seamless realm of fantasy that has won him a major reputation in a remarkably short span of time.

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COLLAGED PAINTINGS BY LOVE LUNDELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Love Lundell’s paintings unfold in their own world. Dreamlike, mystical, surrealist, but also harboring references to the everyday, his paintings alternate between engaging the viewers directly and holding back in passive contemplation. Executed in a range of muted palettes, Lundell’s paintings includes collage technique and often reveals a fragmentary crackling effect due to layer upon layer of applied lacquer.

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EXPRESSIVE WATERCOLORS BY TINE ISACHSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oslo, Norway based Tine Isachsen is an artist that works with line drawing, watercolor, photography and video-art. She studied at Central Saint Martins – London and The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo.

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Isachsen’s work has always been focused on faces and the human body with an emphasis on expression and emotion. Her work has a distinctive and expressive style, seducing the viewer into a dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.

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DREAMLIKE SCENARIOS BY SEBASTIEN PLASSARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sébastien Plassard is a talented editorial illustrator who knows how to turn simple images into powerful ideas by adding a little surreal touch. His style is characterized by a reduced use of contrasting and complementary colors as well as dreamlike scenarios, which quickly draw the viewer into a surreal world. He skillfully combines influences from the golden age of the 1920s with contemporary graphic trends. His distinctive work could be seen in a wide range of publications such as magazines, books, posters, etc.

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ARTISTIC AESTHETICS BY MACHINEAST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Machineast is a design directing duo Fizah Rahim & Rezaliando based in Singapore. They focus on rich visual aesthetics for 3D illustration, typography and design. Rezaliando from Malaysia and Fizah Rahim from Indonesia met each other when they were in their mid-teens at the design school they both attended at the time. The connection and mutual understanding between them developed so naturally that it is almost as if they were pre-destined to become best friends, forge a joint career where they are always in constant collaboration and end up founding a creative studio.

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They carry out spectacular projects where art and design are in perfect harmony; they maintain a continuous dialogue in a very specific aesthetic language. It is not surprising that their projects explore fields like digital art, 3D art, illustration and art multimedia; they transition seamlessly between abstraction and the dreamlike nature of surrealism; they make it clear – on many occasions – that they are children of the 80’s and passionate lovers of color and music.

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NEON DREAMS BY PATRYK HARDZIEJ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Polish illustrator and graphic designer Patryk Hardziej lives and works in Tricity, Poland, and is active internationally. He handles projects dealing with illustration, branding, logo design, visual communication, editorial graphics and art projects, as well. In particular, Hardziej is fond of combining in different proportions technical aspects of graphic design with illustration. He loves old graphic signs and is highly interested in their history. Together with Patrycja Podkościelny they operate in a graphic tandem and run the ¬ Negation Studio.

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SURREAL CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BY ALICE WELLINGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austria-based artist Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. While her editorial illustrations are colorful, with conceptual ideas, her personal work, dealing with everything from gender to the relationship between humanity and nature, is ironic and dark.

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SURREAL DREAMLIKE COLLAGES BY KEITH RANKIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Keith Rankin started Orange Milk Records with his friend Seth Graham at the end of 2010, with an aim to document the underground scene emerging across America at the time. That movement made often wild and unprecitable transitions in style as it progressed over the years, and Orange Milk became a hub to capture some the divergent paths that individual artists connected to the scene were taking.

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The thing that binds all of Orange Milk’s releases together is their striking artwork, created by Rankin himself. His collages and digital art are busy images, often depicting the familiar – sometimes even mundane – in surreal, dreamlike, and fantastical surroundings.

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DREAMLIKE SURREALISM BY ANDREA WAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin-based Andrea Wan is a Hong Kong-born illustrator and visual artist, known for the dream-like illustrations created in her unique surrealist style. Andrea’s work is often inspired by the subconscious mind as well as her daily life and travels. Her surrealist ink drawings often combine emotional states with dreamscapes and characters that represents people that plays various roles in her life.

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Through an emotional landscape, people, animals and ghosts, Andrea communicates her most private emotions and thoughts, conveying them on watercolor paper. A distinctive visual language emerges from her illustrations, made from acrylic ink.

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MEANINGFUL VISUAL TERMS BY MI JU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based artist Mi Ju received her BFA in painting and drawing at Yeungnam University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Later Mi went on to earn her MFA in painting and drawing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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Her work is an improvisation in liminality: between dream and concretized, ancient and contemporary, Korea and the West, ephemeral and eternal, the uncensored and codified. Each character, pattern and energy reflects states of consciousness that are revealed in the creative act, a form of both improvisation and organization wherein the uncensored is working in concert with momentary, yet specific compositional organizations. It is Ju’s intention that the work will be a place of meeting between memory, dream and fantasy, and concretized into meaningful visual terms.

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