DIZZYING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based German artist Erik Parker turned to eye-popping color and dizzying details in his recent paintings. Seemingly in constant motion, his paintings are composed of a myriad of tiny dots, paisleys, teardrops, squiggles, and drips, in a rainbow of bright colors. Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso,  Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

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ENIGMATIC CANVASES BY MELIKE KARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cologne-based artist Melike Kara’s canvases are sketchy and spare, economically painted in one or two colors on bare white background. The characters that populate her enigmatic canvases are regularly put through their paces. While some images seem relatively sedate, others are full of figures performing an array of impressive choreographies featuring gravity-defying somersaults and backflips. The contorted bodies, all long arms and legs, offer a casual articulation of human anatomy: with their outstretched hands and legs akimbo, the figures literally let it all hang loose.

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NATURE AND DREAMS BY SIMON PRADES

by Ariadna Zierold

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illustrator and graphic designer Simón Prades lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany and teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier. He says that he prefers to work with analog mediums such ink, pencil and watercolor to help express his fantastic imagination that explores ideas of nature, memory, and dreams.

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His work is often a combination of detailed and complex drawings and narrative ideas. Depending on the subject his illustrations can also be rough, spontaneous and moody.

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SYMBOLIC PORTRAITS BY VALENTIN FISCHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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German painter Valentin Fischer creates digital artworks featuring portraits of various people with hints of geometry and symbolism. He is pretty much self-taught, learning from the web and the influences of other artists such as James Jean and Sam Weber. He has worked in a number of capacities as a freelance illustrator but gave that up a while ago to become an Interface Designer.

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CONTEMPORARY DRINSCH BY MARK GMEHLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dortmund, Germany based artist Mark Gmehling studied art, graphic design and marketing, worked in advertising for a while then got selfemployed as an illustrator. Nowadays he is exhibiting his personal artwork around the world.  He  loves to travel and paint murals everywhere possible.

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Inspired by pop culture, he developed his photorealistic style. “Contemporary Drinsch” is how he names his characters and sculptures. Important for Mark, every work tells its own story. He is expecting from the society, by looking at his characters, to start thinking or at least it should give them a little smile on the face.

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EXPERIMENTAL ABSTRACTION BY SIGMAR POLKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer who experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

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Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf. Polke took as his motifs such ordinary food items as chocolate, sausages or biscuits, isolating them and apparently depriving them of their tactility in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.

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IRREVERENT ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAN ROBERT DUENNWELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jan Robert Duennweller is an illustrator based in Passau, Germany and occasionally working from Berlin. His work has a content–driven approach with a focus on humor and versatility. His innocent-looking drawings disguise his ability to condense complex subjects into engaging and amusing images. Having first studied industrial design, Jan then took a masters in visual communications in Istanbul and at the Bauhaus in Germany.

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ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURES BY TIMO LENZEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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German graphic designer Timo Lenzen makes posters and cover design with a personal language that mixes references from different epochs and styles. His simple and direct 3D drawings play with pure forms or simple architectural references transforming them into visual presences with a surreal touch.

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With his subtle designs, that are always on point, Timo creates sometimes abstract, sometimes disturbing and always visually stimulating moods. In both his applied as well as his purely Graphic Arts you’ll be absorbed by the worlds he creates.

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JUSTKIDS and StreetArtNews presents Project M/9 Colors at Urban Nation

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From June 6th to 12th, JUSTKIDS, in association with StreetArtNews, was invited by Urban Nation Berlin to take over their notorious signature event Project M. Bringing summer flavors to Berlin they selected six internationally acclaimed artists, including 1010, Askew, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Borondo, Eron and Fafi to create murals around the German capital for Project M/9 “Colors”. The painting week was finalized with a group exhibition showcasing the works of eleven artists including Tristan Eaton, Felipe Pantone, Okuda San Miguel, Crystal Wagner, Maser, Jan Kaláb, and the six muralists.

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Whether in large-scale murals in urban environments around the world, or on smaller scale pieces on paper and canvas, the featured artists—hailing from around the globe—converge to investigate the specific way a high-octane color palette can produce an intense visual experience. In some of the works—shown for the first time in Berlin—this emerges from the interactions between colours and their tensions and contrasts; while other works inquire into the expressive qualities of colours in the context of visual culture today.

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