Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. Stefan spent four years in Breda studying illustration at the Academy St. Joost. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte.
Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a handdrawn style reminiscent of the clear line.
Kristina Collantes is an illustrator and creative director living and working in Southern California. Her artwork is a brilliant blast of graphic design tinted with urban undertones.
She loves working with a digital medium because it caters to her impatient habits. She enjoys being able to edit every detail of her drawings. Collantes has illustrations that she still picks at after 3-4 years of starting them.
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.
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.
Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. The self-taught artist brings a different perspective to his public murals that turn flat surfaces into portals that appear to take us into another dimension.
His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.
Astro’s newest work is a massive and arresting mural on a residential building in Loures, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. Created on behalf of urban art project Loures Art Publica, the mind-bending masterpiece uses electric blue tones to create the semblance of shadows, and incorporates the artist’s trademark technique of warped perspective.
A digital artist you ought to know about, Lucas Matias is a fresh new talent who is boldly making a mark, under his artistic name LLUUCCSS. A 3D visionary, this creative possesses the imagination to envision surreal and hyper visual worlds, as well as the skills to bring them to life.
Futuristic worlds of neon, metallic and seamless construction, Matias explores the possibilities of shape and form in his immersive creations. His ever growing body of work, centred around 3D still life designs, is a true testament of this young artist’s talent.
Mastering the digital medium, his work shows off intricate, immaculate and polished forms throughout his stunning high-tech worlds. His highly stylised sets are stimulating to the eye and the senses, whilst inherently cool and oh so sleek. Matias has an innate ability to consciously construct settings and knows how to effortlessly place and merge new objects within a singular space.
Straying from the pack of digital artists who stick to pastels, his work predominantly employs dark, greyscale surroundings – perfectly highlighting the luminescent forms that so define his work. With space, light, form, and genius composition, Lucas Matias creates true aesthetic marvels.
Austrian artist Peter Kogel mixes architecture and geometric patterns to create dazzling public environments. By painting contoured black, and sometimes red, lines onto plain walls, floors, ceilings and hallways, he creates dizzying surroundings that are both magical and visually arresting. His painted pipes and tracks create unique spatial illusions bringing energy and movement to otherwise lifeless public spaces.
Kogler has been playing with spatial illusion since the 80’s and is one of the pioneers of computer-generated art. His eye-catching designs turn a two-dimensional work of art into 3-dimensional spaces that are difficult to forget.
Pop Art movement and the Russian Avant-garde are big influences in his pieces, but his most recent works take inspiration from computer games and digital revolution. This tool allows him to create impressive extraordinary landscapes that, although static, emulate a disorienting movement.
Kogler’s work can be seen in subway stations and airports’ parking lots, sometimes accompanied by sonic artist Franz Pomassl’s acoustic elements to extend to the visual perception.
In one of those moments where you realize a sacred part of you is owned by Disney, there is a Joy Division inspired shirt with the image of Mickey on it being sold on Disney’s site. The Disney store actually reads “”Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey’s image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That’s appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!”
Saw this on TheWorldsBestEver this morning, and we liked it because it gives a really nice summation of all things modern. Or as the filmmaker notes, “The beginning of modernism, mainly for the movement and rhythm.”