Not having come from a formal fine arts background, Sydney based Marc Etherington (previously featured here) is a self-taught artist with a practice that is driven by an inner compulsion to make art. Etherington’s works make very obvious nods to popular culture. Referencing contemporary icons like the Kardashian’s, McDonald’s and Justin Bieber, he also gives a slow and deliberate wink to pop culture of the past.
Boston, Massachusetts based Rich Pellegrino is an artist and freelance illustrator who seems to have exceptional ability at creating iconic pop culture works of art in a one of a kind, traditional painting style. His ability has led him to having a specially commissioned painting by Wes Anderson for use in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to countless magazine articles and media publications around the globe.
“My latest series of paintings split in two parts of pop culture icons and figurative works. Depending on the subject, I usually find myself keeping things light and fun but never at the expense of quality and character, which is what is most important to me artistically.” Rich Pellegrino
Miami and New York based artist Juan Travieso‘s work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.
His paintings involve images ranging from Soviet propaganda and cartoons, to the iconic figures of the Cuban revolution. Woven inside is the personal and how these personal and cultural icons are in constant conflict and transformation. Ambitious and daring are qualities in the very flesh of his work. Travieso is a dynamic maker he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind.
DB Brazil just came up with the best campaign ever for an art school: dissect the greats, and reveal what is inside. MASP Art School got the treatment, with Picasso, Dali, and Van Gogh being dissecting to show that what is inside is their signature style. Brilliant.
Rico Deniro’s Native Expatriatesopened at FIFTY24SF Gallery yesterday with over 90 different hand-carved, wooden masks of various known icons hanging on our gallery walls. Obviously there was a big guessing game of which mask was what, and sometimes after 20 minutes wandering the gallery some of the faces become clearer, but mostly seen together, the masks present a different gallery experience than we normally have here. Rico’s body of work will be on display throughout January, 2011.