THE WORK OF BRIAN DEGRAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist and musician Brian DeGraw intersects art and music in his drawings, installations, videos, and sculptures. He draws subject matter for his work from his encounters in New York’s experimental music scene such as in Untitled (DJ Requests)(2007), a framed collection of paper scraps with scrawled late-night song requests. DeGraw’s experiences in one discipline inform his production in the other.

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CHARCOAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY ODANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Fernan Odang Jr. is a self-taught artist based in Manila. Odang explores the idea of internal damage by depicting oppressive and corrupt systems that prey on the poor and underprivileged in a series of charcoal on paper works.

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Odang chose to delve into issues such as sexual abuse, drug addiction, and political manipulation. He interprets the nature of abusers by correlating them with animals, using the image of pigs, for instance, as a stand-in for greed, or dogs as a proxy for sexual predators.

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MULTI EYED CREATURES BY TIM MOLLOY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tim Molloy is a New Zealand illustrator and comic artist, living and working in Melbourne. Since 2006 he has collaborated with writer Adam Lachlan to produce Life on Earth cartoons. Recently he has published two graphic novels, ‘It Shines and Shakes and Laughs’ and ‘Mr Unpronounceable Adventures’.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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SURREAL ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS BY TROELS CARLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.

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AWESOME ILLUSTRATIONS BY NICOLAS DEHGHANI

by Ariadna Zierold

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French illustrator Nicolas Dehghani is an artist in Paris who draws and creates animated productions as part of the CRCR collective. He tends to use textured, thick black and gray lines/washes over saturated but limited color palettes. The subjects in his work are confidently stylized and drawn. Dehghani sticks to a limited color palette within his work; it makes it that much more striking.

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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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