Lena Macka is an illustrator and designer of minimal tattoos, who is based in the French city of Lyon. She seems to work mainly in black and white, and shades of grey, but in her illustrations she uses bold colors. Each illustration and the atmosphere within portrays a sense of peace and tranquillity, achieved through her use of posture and color. However, reflecting that of reality and the hurdles it may bring, each image also represents the struggle and duality of life.
French artist Philippe Caza creates some truly amazing surreal, futurist, psych artworks. At 18, Philippe started a career in advertising which lasted for ten years, but in 1970 he entered the field of bandes dessinées, releasing his first album, “Kris Kool”. Caza began to publish work in the magazine Pilote, starting with his series “Quand les costumes avaient des dents” (When Costumes had Teeth) in 1971, followed by other short work. The series of stories “Scènes de la vie de banlieue” (Scenes of Suburban Life) was published in 1975, followed by the “L’Âge d’Ombre stories”, “Les Habitants du crépuscule” and “Les Remparts de la nuit”.
Thierry Bruet has painted and sculpted for over 35 years. His grand canvases shaped by a consciously classical slant and executed with traditional oil techniques, are witty, satirical and replete with carefully observed details. One side of him tends towards caricature and the grotesque, the other towards elegance and refinement.
Paris based artist Victor Moatti‘s work focuses on simple shapes, complex assembly and dreamy colors.Through his many pieces, a certain palette of color emerges and characterizes his work.The bluish and violet hues are a constant along with playful shadows and cosmic landscapes.
A very 80s and retro futuristic aesthetic is visually a result from his work and the techniques used and the elements present place it out of time and out of any terrestrial place known to man for that matter.
Geriko, the Franco-Belgian creative duo of Hélène Jeudy and Antoine Caëcke, creates cinematic animations bound to make your jaw drop. The Paris-based pair come from a background in graphic design, illustration and animation, working both individually for a number of years before establishing their collective identity and aesthetic.
Geriko’s graphic style, influenced by Japanese manga and anime and Belgian comic book art, is created in a combination of 2D, 3D and traditional animation.
Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.
Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.
These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.
French surrealist Guy Billout‘s universe of ironic illustrations has a tendency to magnify one’s anxieties, whilst offering humor and a look into a bizarro version of society.
Billout’s aesthetic style is clean and spare, sometimes incorporating some ironic element. His work is overall minimal, but the subject in each piece offers scenarios that makes you think of countless outcomes and possibilities.
Augustin Lesage was a French coal miner who became painter and artist through the help of what he considered to be spirit voices. He was untrained and is considered an Outsider artist, part of Art Brut. His work is also categorized as part of the spiritualist movement in art.
Lesage claimed, that he would never have any idea about what he wanted to portray. “I never have an overview of the entire work at any point of the execution. My guides tell me, I surrender to their impulse“.
Olivier Bonhomme is a talented art director and illustrator based in Montpellier, France. He graduated from the Ecole Emile Cohl in 2010 and has been working with different clients, newspapers, and studios as an illustrator and art director.He co-founded in parallel the BK studio in 2012 in which he produces digital art research facilities and devices for applying the image to the scene. Bonhomme is a fan of jazz and a saxophonist for the past twenty years. He tints his universe with the sound of bebop and swing.