GRAY SCALE FIGURES BY TOMOO GOKITA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tokyo, Japan based Tomoo Gokita’s gray-scale paintings depict archetypal figures, such as a pin-up girl or a geisha, with their faces concealed. With a background in graphic design, the artist was initially inspired to create art by his love of manga and animation. His paintings reflect these pop cultural influences, evoking iconic celebrity headshots and pornographic magazines. Executed with extreme technical precision, his erasure of the face through Neo-expressionistic flourishes or scraping gestures disturbs and adds a humorous element to his compositions.

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“ARCO IRIS” BY ROB SATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Rob Sato is a painter, illustrator, and comic book artist. Sato was born and raised in Sacramento and received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He produces rich and detailed imagery, which mixes stark horror with quiet beauty and humor. Sato intends for his paintings inhabit a place between observed and imagined worlds.

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BREAKING THE MONOTONY BY MARTIN GORDOPELOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martin Gordopelota currently lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gordopelota breaks the monotony by shifting our gaze to the brilliant idiosyncrasies of his neighborhood futbol. On canvases and walls all over Buenos Aires, he glorifies the longstanding traditions around local five-a-side: copious beers, halftime cigarettes, post-match asado, and occasional showcases of actual skill. Gordopelota is a talent with the ability to depict the trials and tribulations that the game brings. From those boozy kick-abouts to the joys of shirted fandom. His cartoon style personifies a beautiful spirt of the game with the finer detail being looked after at every crossing. You’ll spot bucket hats, pub snacks and kits from all over re-imagined in painted form. Trefoils too, there’s a fitting nod to those brands that swoosh, stripe and serenade our kit thread, loving souls.

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MONUMENTAL NOBODIES BY MATTHEW QUICK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Quick (previously featured here) is an Australian artist. His paintings & sculpture use narrative realism to provoke & tell stories. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.

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Quick is an artist who masterfully layers meaning—not only are the works a unique amalgamation of the tradition of landscape painting and surrealism, they are imbued with metaphors and stories. He tells stories and makes quirky observations of the world around us. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the unfolding of chapters in an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.

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BRIGHT SKELETONS BY CHARLIE IMMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Maryland based Charlie Immer (previously featured here) is a fine artist and an illustrator. Charlie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Drawing inspiration from horror films, cartoons, nature, candy, and video games, Charlie enjoys dissecting his subjects which creates a contrast between colorful simple characters and the complex beauty of the anatomy within them.

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POST POP SURREALISM BY CASEY WELDON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Casey Weldon (previously featured here) is an American illustrator and fine artist known for his brightly-colored surrealist paintings of multi-eyed cats and mystical women. He uses melancholy and humor in conjunction with the iconography of modern pop culture, leading his critics to designate his style as “post-pop surrealism.”

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DYNAMIC AESTHETIC BY PAUL LOUBET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Loubet is a french artist living between France and Spain. The many iterations of Loubet’s work are as varied and dynamic as his aesthetic itself. As he describes it, it’s about developing an all encompassing  set of skills, approaching his art in the same way as the artists that inspire him.

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EXPRESSIVE CHARACTERS BY DAVID CHUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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David “The Chung!!” Chung’s relatable body of work revolves around the recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our complex human emotions. Occasionally placed in unfortunate and/or awkward scenarios, The Chung!!’s colorful and expressive menagerie of characters are a study of his own personal day to day life. Packed with humor and heart, his work helps remind us to stop taking life so seriously and take a moment to step back and laugh at what is essentially ourselves.
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Although born in Albany, New York, David spent the majority of his early childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The remainder of his youth was spent in Upstate New York where he graduated from high school. After attending the University at Buffalo for 2 years, he eventually transferred and graduated from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) as an illustration major in 2006. David’s work has been featured in galleries around the world and he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, baby and dog. During the day, when he isn’t painting or working on designer toys, David works in the animation industry and is currently an Art Director at Dreamworks TV. He has worked on shows such as “Futurama”, “Robot and Monster”, “Clarence”, “Regular Show” and “Sanjay and Craig.”

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ALIEN FOLKLORE BY MARK ROGERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mark Rogers is a self-taught artist currently living in Portland, Oregon. Stylistically his work has been described as a blending of folk art, medieval renascence, and fairy tale illustration. Taking inspiration from everyday occurrences and personal experiences, Rogers crafts narratives with imaginary characters to populate.

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AMERICAN STORIES BY SHAWN HUCKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Shawn Huckins (previously featured here) was not inspired by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, or DaVinci. As a young boy in the second grade, Huckins found inspiration in someone who he affectionately refers to as the ‘Big Kid.’ Observing the ‘Big Kid’ and his drawing talents during a school bus ride home, Huckins took to creating his own sketches. Now a painter, Huckins’ introduction to painting came in the form of a family loss when his grandmother passed away a year later and inherited her slightly used oil painting set.

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Unfortunately, Huckins’ love affair with painting did not last long. As the medium was not quite what he was used to, he became increasingly frustrated, and stepped away from painting altogether until his college years. After a little globetrotting and some brief stints as a film major, an architecture major, and then as a graphic designer, Huckins found his way back to the medium that he now skillfully manipulates.

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Now settled in a creative niche that he could call home, Huckins went onto create his most notable series to date, The American Revolution Revolution and The American __tier.

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