Martigny, Switzerland based illustrator Dexter Maurer‘s works transport us into fantastic worlds, where bizarre creatures battle with humans in a surreal scenery of conquer and defeat.
Some drawings bring to light human fears, worries and emotions, while others reveal solitude, sadness and a macabre imagery, in a constant switch from static to dynamic, from intense to mild colors or even black and white, depending on the depicted story or state of mind. The details, the recurring symbols and motifs corresponding to the themes approached by the artist, the range of colors and the narrative, all define an unique and very interesting style.
Irving Norman‘s art evolved out of American Expressionism and though he understood and admired what his contemporaries were accomplishing, Irving followed the song of a different muse. He said at one time: “The path I followed chose me, not me it, I was led to painting by experiencing life, it’s contemplation and a desperate need to give it expression. I find spiritual strength in the artists of the remotest past to the immediate present.”
Although influenced by the Social Realists of his time, Norman’s style of figuration was set apart by a predilection for caricature – a realism inflamed by the fantastic rather than the natural. The horror and futility of war as experienced by the artist in Spain certainly equipped him with an apocalyptic vision. Norman was creating meticulously detailed realistic paintings and making use of “cartoon” aesthetics decades before the advent of Photorealism or the current “low-brow” fad.
Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.”
While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.
Lee Yun Hee creates narrative ceramic pieces inspired by literature and story telling. She uses both Western and Eastern influences, creating a style of her own that is striking, unique and undoubtably contemporary. Her work is fragile and flawless, almost creating an aura of effortlessness. She uses her work to reflect upon stories of everyday people; their struggles, fears, hopes, and anxieties.
Hee’s work is mystical and fantastic. Though balancing modern, classic, Eastern, and Western styles, she has creating an epic body of art that is honest, profound, and truly unique. Her work acts as windows into her own version of a fairy tale; she is able to re-create morality stories within her own framework.
Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk mixes Flemish painters’ mannerisms with bizarre and ironic images, characterized by deep emotional sincerity. The artist builds fantastic sceneries, with richly detailed fantasy worlds to be explored, in which viewers can lose themselves and dream.
Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisment, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans.
For years, Nathan Ota has been pursuing new worlds, both dark and fantastic, to explore in his paintings. Ota has used his stand-ins – a blind bird, a drunk monkey, a one-eyed robot lost in the woods – to travel through dreamlands that hold fantasies and tragedies.
His early influences came from television cartoons, comic books, photographs and punk rock flyers. Classical art never really interested him so he turned to work by artists he could really relate to: Robert Williams, Olivia, Puss Head, Raymond Pettibon. In high school, Nathan always found himself gravitating toward popular culture—then he discovered graffiti. He still dabbled a little in graffiti once he entered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but a whole new world of art was unfolding before his eyes with illustration. Ota didn’t know what he wanted to do when he entered college and left it to the hands of the instructors to lead him in some direction. That’s when he became an illustrator.
Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime, manga, comics, JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. With his work, Hong leads us into a magical world populated with fantastic creatures and haunting spirits, sometime reminding the poetic universe of Hayao Miyazaki.
Argentinian artist Christian Montenegro created illustrations for a South American edition of the fantastic Kafka short story, First Sorrow. Being that the story includes a trapeze artist, you get the drift of these fantastic illustrations. Read the short story here. (via)
Next week, Upper Playground and Jeremy Fish will be releasing a new print, “The Golden Hills,” as an opening message to Fish’s exhibition at FIFTY24SF this summer. The print is made in an edition of 100, signed and numbered the artist, and printed at the fantastic Bloom Press in Oakland, California.
The print will be on sale at Upper Playground’s webstore on Monday, May 21, 2012.
“This drawing was inspired by that looming feeling that San Francisco is an isolated island from the rest of the country. As SF becomes more and more expensive, and the lower income creative folks that make this city pulse get squeezed off the island, “the city that knows how” will slowly transform into a sterile west coast Manhattan full of tech chads and internet gurus.” —Jeremy Fish
“the golden hills”
4 colors screen printed on Domtar Cougar 100# Cover paper.
In edition of 100, signed and numbered.
Printed by Bloom Press in Oakland.
With a new Moleskine journal featuring LEGO bricks, both iconic companies have teamed up and created this fantastic video that has a little bit of fantasy to it. Who doesn’t want to fly? Buy the limited edition LEGO Moleskine here.