Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.
The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.
Crystal Morey (previously featured here) takes inspirations from an alternative upbringing where she closely connected with the natural landscape around her. Living in rural Northern California shaped her perspective on nature and how humans interact with land, animals and each other.
Now living in an urban environment, Morey aims to show our relationship to the world around us through the fragile medium of porcelain. With this delicate material she creates a heightened sense of urgency and stress, commenting on our human evolutionary path.
St. Louis-based artist Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Rather than a cleaned-up version of nature, her paintings give us raw depictions of birth and death. Influenced my scientific illustrations and the Baroque period alike, Marx’s maximalist mixed-media works present these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design.
Lauren’s goal in creating her illustrations is that a symbolic representation allows the viewer to see phenomena as a complete picture. A picture of an interacting universe filled to the brim with animals, plants, fungi, and insects. Using these organisms, she makes her own mythologies of nature and the Cosmos to better illustrate how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacies and mysteries of the Universe.
Portland based Zoe Keller is a freelance illustrator known for her realistic, intricate, and nature-inspired illustrations. Zoe is originally from Upstate, New York, attended school at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.
Her graphite drawings take inspiration from natural forms and creatures, recreating them in highly stylized compositions. Keller’s work renders nature with intricate detail in an elaborate narrative featuring flora and fauna.