New York based artist, Manzel Bowman, will have you mesmerized by his digital art graphic designs and illustrations. Bold and transcendent colors in beautiful multi-media collages, lure the viewer into the 4th dimension.
Don’t worry, you’ll be back to 3D in no time. But while you’re here, enjoy the ride.
Displayed here are pieces from his Goddess, Welcome To The Future, and AU Series.
Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy’s installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art.
Adam Pizurny is a 29 year-old graphic designer, working and living in Prague, Czech republic.
When he was a kid, he wanted to become an inventor. He fulfilled his dream but in a slightly different way. Throughout his childhood he drew on paper until he discovered graffiti and fell in love with it. Graffiti has opened him doors to a wonderful world of discovering type, colors and shapes. Because he grew up alongside a computer, he started to combine everything he loved digitally, and oneday someone told him that was called graphic design.
Pizury has built an eclectic career out of his experimentation in digital illustration and graphic design. But in 2012, he discovered an exciting new technique when blind artist George Redhawk aka “DarkAngelØne” transformed one of his portraits into a GIF.
An extension of his original portraits series, Pizurny’s GIFs are an eerily captivating exploration of the human face and our sense of self. Using the same wrinkled face, they magically animate into what look like melting puddles of water or perforated surfaces of the skin that, when set to a loop, are hypnotic- Pizurny once described his work as a sort of photographic vertigo that is an experience of the fragility of appearances.
“I can’t say I know exactly what this type of art is called, but I personally have dubbed it ‘Freestyle Photoshopping’. To me it’s a practice of exercise in flow state and free association by layering about 20 random images I find on the internet. I begin to manipulate and begin to build a scene. There is something about symmetry that is pleasing to the eye and allows me to find interesting shapes and compositions. This opens up opportunities to explore new and surreal landscapes by following all the happy accidents that arise.”
Trent Kuhn is a digital artist across several mediums. He currently resides in the Bay Area of California. Specializing in Illustration, Retouching, Graphic Design, and Digital Painting.
FIFTY24SF GALLERY in association with Upper Playground is proud to announce the opening of our upcoming exhibition “Pareidolia” a Solo-Exhibition by David Choong Lee 이충엽. Opening Saturday, October 24th at 7:00pm. David Choong Lee combines elements of graffiti, collage, graphic design, portraiture, and classical realism. He was born in Seoul, Korea in 1966 and moved to the US in 1993 to pursue traditional fine art at the Academy of Art, where he currently teaches. For inquiries about the show please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Playground is pleased to announce the release of five new logo designs by artist and designer, Benjie Escobar. Benjie brings his eclectic background to the UP design table, creating original logos for Upper Playground and showcasing his style. All new designs are available in store and online at upperplayground.com.
About the Artist: Benjie Escobar is an LA-based, multi-media artist and designer. His work and his aesthetic sensibilities come from a variety of influences that range from his childhood in Pomona, anime, lowrider bike culture, graffiti, raves, streetwear, DJ culture, Japan, typography, design & illustration and perhaps most importantly, hamburgers or was it pizza?
In addition to his creative work, Benjie is also a curator of art exhibitions, inventor of new zine genres, art-director of gourmet burger festivals and brand builder of countless companies and gives priceless off-the-cuff marketing tips to anyone who cares to listen, or just happens to be within earshot.
Jay Roeder is a freelance designer and illustrator. A graduate of Sacred Heart University with a double major in graphic design and illustration, Jay began his career working with top promotional agencies, with experience in major initiatives and campaigns for many notable international brands. He has also taught design classes as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. Roeder makes his UP debut with this collection.
Is there a story, special message, or feeling you try to convey with your tee designs?
One thing I try to maintain with my art is simplicity. I’m not trying to convey eternal sadness or some kind of hidden emotion, it’s all about having fun and throwing something down that looks rad!
What was your all time favorite tee shirt you ever owned?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’m not sure you guys understand how many tees I own, or sneakers for that matter. I can’t say that I have an all time favorite that stands out, but I recently ordered a vintage styled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 50/50 tee that I would probably wear every single day if I had my way.
What do the words Upper Playground mean to you?
I’m not sure what the true meaning of Upper Playground is, but I like to think of it as a metaphor for staying young even as you grow older. One thing that keeps me young at heart is my artwork, which is why I was so psyched to collaborate with UP.
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.”
We love the work of Paul Sahre, a NYC-based graphic designer, illustrator, lecturer, educator and author who makes this really clever, intelligent works. The artist just has an incredible body of commercial and personal works, so much so that you can spend hours on his site. This body of works in particular is called “illooops.”
You know the Citrus Report and cats, so when we saw this post on Los Angeles-based Cat Cult up on Juxtapoz, we got hyped and we are thinking of making our cat a cult figure. It already smokes. We have been in LA recently, and we haven’t seen Cat Cult’s work, but now we are going to take a mini-pilgrimage and learn from the mighty Cat Cult.
Juxtapoz notes that they use illustration, printmaking, stencils, wheatpaste, photography, painting, sewing, and graphic design on their pieces. We approve.