Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife and daughter.
“Implosion”, his first exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade, opens on Saturday at Thinkspace Gallery. The show features nine new works by the painter, each exploring a dystopian post-human world.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is a Japanese character designer and manga artist. He is most notably known for the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga, which then became a highly successful and culturally iconic anime series.
All images are from Sadamoto’s artwork for Neon Genesis Evangelion. His technique is very psychological, with his images taking you right into the post-apocalytpic and dystopian world the series takes place in.
Budapest-based French painter Jonathan Ouisse creates beautiful line work pieces on canvas. His work ranges between dystopian and surreal scenes and detailed portraits, blending a straightforward subject with regional iconography and designs. Jonathan found his vocation at a very young age, when he was 5 years old, while flicking through a book of Caravaggio, he felt the impulse of drawing and has not stopped since.
In Ouisse’s oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, he pairs destruction and morbidity with a weird mix of animal and human interaction. None of the paintings offer overt meanings, yet all seem to exist within the same world, adorned in graffiti, living creatures, and chaos.
Jake Grewal is originally from London where he was lucky enough to be granted an art scholarship for the duration of his time at Emanuel School. He moved onto attend Kingston University to complete his Foundation Year. He is currently in his third and final year at Brighton University studying ‘Fine art: Painting’.
Swedish illustrator Simon Stålenhag depicts a uncomfortable collision of present and future where people much like us seem to confront a brave new technological reality. In his digital paintings children throw spears at terrifying drones, and people wander aimlessly in their yards while fully engrossed inside virtual reality helmets strapped to their heads, and sometimes there’s even a giant alien caterpillar.
The artwork is impactful as a result of this juxtaposition between the harsh realities of life and the sci-fi technologies of our dreams.
Check out the post-apocalyptic art by Moscow-based artist, photographer, and movie maker, Yuri Shwedoff. Hisdystopian themes, often illustrating science-fiction like fantasies, merge technology and biology. The illustrations are defined by outdoor environments, portraits, and urban and suburban settings that are familiar yet strangely surreal.
North Korea is often depicted as an Orwellian police state, with no shortage of photos depicting a cold, gray, concrete-filled landscape taken by tourists to the capital Pyongyang. It looks a little different this time in this photo series by French photographer Hélène Veilleux, all thanks to a warm-tinted filter.
Titled 38th Parallel North, Veilleux’s postcard-like images capture the forbidding, typically Communist-era architecture designed to belittle the individual and emphasize the might of the collective. However, with the warm saturation of the images, there is a certain sense of a sickly sweetness to the scenes, enhanced by the cotton candy-like clouds and the cityscapes with little to no people present.