LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

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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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CARTOONISH SCENES BY NICOLAS BARROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicolas Barrome grew up in the Basque country and made his debut at the School of Applied Arts in Bordeaux, before embarking in the illustration and create with his friends the Jeanspezial collective. First to paint the walls with friends, his images are evolving rapidly following the discovery of new techniques, including etching, which will have a real impact on the way of producing images. Barrome’s wild, cartoonish scenes play with texture and expectation. Each piece tethered by his rendering of cutesy characters and objects alongside darker elements.

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Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS

Portuguese graffiti/street artist, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils continues to leave his foot print around the world, carving massive portraits and poignant murals that challenge our perceptions of 2-dimensional street art.  His laborious techniques of carving directly into the walls brings forth beautifully executed murals that defy our expectations of what murals and street art can be.  We follow his journey around the world and revisit some of his works on today’s post. alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport05 alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport02 alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport03 alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport04 alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport06    alexandrefarto_streetart_upperplayground_citrusreport01