THE FANTASTICAL WORLD OF MOTOHIRO HAYAKAWA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Motohiro Hayakawa was raised under several graphic influences that would later bring him to the place he is now regarded in art, illustration, and comics. Science fiction and cartoons were a massive part of his life, playing a paramount role in the way he draws and paints.

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A narrative is born in each of his works and you can almost sense the fantasy crawling out and being brought into life right in front of you. Warriors, princesses, green men in space suits, and a whole lot of different creatures are a few of the characters you can count on.

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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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HORROR VACUI BY FULVIO DI PIAZZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Fulvio di Piazza studied at the Urbino Art Academy and makes large oil paintings of fantastical scenes with lush forests, spiraling volcanic smoke, islands in the sky, and vividly colored sun light. His paintings are a prime example of horror vacui, a term for filling an entire surface of an artwork with detail. Amid these, there are frequently large floating heads or animals floating in the center of his canvases, which upon closer inspection are actually composed of delicately and minutely detailed landscapes. Di Piazza has favored a dark palette for his paintings, and the abundance of swirling clouds has led people to interpret his works as pessimistic.

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USED FUTURE BY MAX PRENTIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sydney-based artist Max Prentis’ style is based upon detail and a strong emphasis on visual storytelling.  Machines, isolated figures and not to distant wastelands are a common reoccurring subject in Max’s work.

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Prentis’ technique is unique in the way he can apply his style to a variety of tones. His body of work is one that varies from playful to aggressive, and realistic to fantastical.

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SYSTEMATIZED NATURE BY CABLE GRIFFITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cable Griffith is an artist, curator, and educator living and working in Seattle. His work invites you into fantastical scenes with a bright sense of familiarity that permeates the patterned, pixel-like worlds and is almost instantly recognizable from one of recent generations’ favorite past times—video games.

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The digitally-inspired lands for which the artist has become known, but buried beneath the solid, white clouds and systematized, geometric trees, reveal a more serious pursuit. Griffith thrives on crossover moments—the strange pull that virtual environments can have on the mind; the way that even simple, abstracted representations of the world in Atari games.

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