WICKED ILLUSTRATIONS BY CUTE BRUTE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based illustrator Cute Brute‘s images (previously featured here) are pure insane-pop-art-genius with each piece telling at least a thousand stories. Cute Brute’s sense of humor is wickedly on-point, as the illustrator’s style is cartoonish yet polished and so acutely observed, the images always remain on the right side of smutty. The quirky and clever work of Cute Brute appears solely on Instagram.

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CARTOONISH WATERCOLORS BY ALFRED STEINER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Alfred Steiner describes his work as drawing influence from both “art historical and pop cultural sources, especially those with a penchant for the grotesque,” and lists Hieronymus Bosch and Homer Simpson among his inspirations.

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Steiner’s cartoonish watercolors are made through a laborious process: he slowly gathers fragments of unseemly images—including those of toys, half-eaten fruit, rotting teeth, dead insects, sea creatures, artillery, and sexual organs—that he then pieces together into narrative compositions or resemblances of pop culture icons. Steiner’s practice is also informed by the artist’s prior 15-year career as a copyright and trademark lawyer, and his extensive knowledge of intellectual property regulations.

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LUMPY SCULPTURES BY JOAKIM OJANEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stockholm, Sweden based artist Joakim Ojanen aims to make work that is timeless. Joakim’s approach to timelessness is unconventional: His woozy characters are intended to be both 8 and 30 years old at the same time.

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There’s something undeniably grotesque about the lumpy sculptural works of Ojanen, though this is balanced with a sense of humor and a child-like naivety which, in all, creates a confusing feeling for the viewer.

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GEOMETRIC NARRATIVES BY TOMOMI MIZUKOSHI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator Tomomi Mizukoshi’s uses color, form and composition to create her own reality and give us a peek into her wild imagination. Using compasses and rulers to create her shapes, Tomomi controls over each element, providing an unusual neatness and order to the surreal nature of her colorful illustrations.

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SURREAL CREATURES BY KAYLA BUIUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kayla Buium is a young emerging artist from Toronto, Canada. She grew up in North York where her grandparents introduced her to the world of fine arts. Art was always her passion but being raised in a creative family inspired her to take it more seriously. In her teenage years she attended Earl Haig S.S. and majored in visual arts where she was inspired by the world of modern art.

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Her art style is heavily influenced by the works of Alex Pardee and Doctor Seuss. She explores a variety of media from sculpture, acrylic and even street signs.

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SAUVAGE PORCELAIN BY LINDA CORDELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Socially awkward and full of repressed anger, Linda Cordell anesthetizes herself spending mindless hours carving detailed texture on humorous and/or uncomfortable animal sculptures. Her work reinterprets the figurine enabling animals to break the chains of cuteness and noble savagery. An appreciation of the ridiculous, a love of beauty and skilled craftsmanship, and the belief that domestic objects are social propaganda all contribute to her work.

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Cordell’s meticulously sculpted, lifelike porcelain figures depict animals juxtaposed with everyday domestic objects, raising questions about our need to control or deny nature’s ugly realities. Cordell focuses on animals’ more base tendencies: hunger, aggression and reproduction. Rooted in an aesthetic reminiscent of the grand European porcelain manufacturers reflecting a lifelike realism and classical style, her meticulously sculpted porcelain figures depict animals juxtaposed with everyday domestic objects, with afflictions or in compromised situations.

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STONE SCULPTURES BY HIROTOSHI ITO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito breathes life into stone by transforming it into practically anything but stone itself. His whimsical and unique stone sculptures create surreal optical illusions that can make us forget that they are actually made of solid stone. He is able to create all kinds of objects, ranging from a purse to food, from a t-shirt to a deck of cards. A total and unsettling illusion. The stones come alive in a surprising yet humorist manner. He found his signature in the zipper, as it gives depth and resonance to his treasures.

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GRAPHIC REFLECTION BY KYLE PLATTS

by Ariadna Zierold

kyle platts, sheffield, england, graphic, illustration, illustrations, bold, colorful, humor, narrative, reflection, macabre, comic, upper playgroundKyle Platts grew up in Sheffield, England, and despite being told by a careers advisor to work in a steel mill rather than pursue a career as a cartoonist, he studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and graduated in 2011. Since graduating he has had great success as a commercial freelance illustrator and has published two books. Kyle’s comics aim to create a graphic reflection of culture, where macabre content is juxtaposed with vibrant color and comic humor.

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BITING HUMOR BY MATTHEW PALLADINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Palladino has taken up multiple mediums, and considers each new shift as “another mutation of the thing that came before it.” Palladino first became known for his works in watercolor, ink on paper, and acrylic paint. He then moved on to three-dimensional reliefs, made in part from candy molds. Both his two- and three-dimensional works share a biting humor, variations on grid-based compositions, references to pop culture and art history, and optical illusions that distort spatial relationships. He cites his main influences as Margaret KilgallenChris Johanson, and Barry McGee.

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THE UNEXPECTED BY SANTIAGO LARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gijon and Madrid based Santiago Lara plays with the known and the unexpected. The Spanish artist uses an imaginary yet accurate language to depict an art standing in-between a dreamy and real land experimenting with art as a communication tool. Lara obtained his art degree and Master Investigación en Arte y Creación at the University Complutense of Fine Arts in Madrid. He combines his individual work as a painter with audiovisual experimentation within the Laramascoto collaborative.

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