Los Angeles based Nicola Verlato was born in Verona, Italy. He started to paint when he was 7, and to sell his paintings when he was 9. His artistic education has been quite unorthodox. He considers himself almost self thought. However, from 9 to 14 he spent every summer at the studio of a monk-painter in the monastery nearby his village in northeast Italy.
Verlato’s paintings fantasize the many ways that pagan themes and elements might survive and reappear in contemporary society. Dynamic, unsettling and skillfully executed, his canvases dazzle and bewilder.
Anthony Baus is from Racine, WI. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He later moved to Chicago and apprenticed under Eric J. Nordstrom, owner of Bldg 51 museum. The museum hosts a collection of historically important American architectural artifacts from such notable architects as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, exposing Anthony to an unwavering appreciation of the past. In 2010 he began study at Grand Central Academy. He is the recipient of the 2015 Alma Schapiro Prize and currently instructor of GCA’s perspective/design studio.
Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.
Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.
Jason Jagel did the illustration for this epic MF Doom box set, which makes us want it even more. According to Stones Throw, “Doom’s ‘Operation Doomsday’ reissue, this set contains a 7 inch picture disc as well as a puzzle of the front image to construct while listening to the instrumental version of ‘Rhymes like Dimes’.”
A long while back, we used this section for a live version of the epic “Herculean” by a little band of Damon Albarn’s called The Good the Bad and the Queen. Now, we think that live version is good, but the studio version is one of the great songs of the past few years, just a beautifully soaring progression of post-20th century paranoia. Enjoy.