FANTASTIC CREATURES BY KEVIN HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime, manga, comics, JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. With his work, Hong leads us into a magical world populated with fantastic creatures and haunting spirits, sometime reminding the poetic universe of Hayao Miyazaki.

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YOUTHFUL BOREDOM BY HERTZ ALEGRIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hertz Alegrio is an artist and illustrator born in the Philippines,
raised in suburban Orange County, and based in Los Angeles. His art reflects on and explores the struggles of youthful boredom, love, and friendships. Dabbling in many different mediums and styles, Alegrio creates works that are accessible and versatile while still retaining their feelings of intimacy and emotional vulnerability.

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IRREVERENT ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAN ROBERT DUENNWELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jan Robert Duennweller is an illustrator based in Passau, Germany and occasionally working from Berlin. His work has a content–driven approach with a focus on humor and versatility. His innocent-looking drawings disguise his ability to condense complex subjects into engaging and amusing images. Having first studied industrial design, Jan then took a masters in visual communications in Istanbul and at the Bauhaus in Germany.

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CHIMERICAL CREATURES BY RICHARD A. KIRK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others.

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Kirk’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard’s work.

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USED FUTURE BY MAX PRENTIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sydney-based artist Max Prentis’ style is based upon detail and a strong emphasis on visual storytelling.  Machines, isolated figures and not to distant wastelands are a common reoccurring subject in Max’s work.

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Prentis’ technique is unique in the way he can apply his style to a variety of tones. His body of work is one that varies from playful to aggressive, and realistic to fantastical.

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Beauty in Stillness | ENSEE

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves.
Some of the images appear to be self-portraits that conceal, and yet reveal, her essence and unique talent.

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Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Biological Introspection | LEXI AMES

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames.

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

 

The Sound of Silence | ANGELA DALINGER

“Swimmin’ in The Playground” is a new Group Exhibit at FIFTY24SF GALLERY, next to our flagship UPPER PLAYGROUND store curated by SFSWIM. The show is currently displaying work from artist, Angela Dalinger.

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A quick glance at Angela Dalinger’s work committed me to hours of independent study that offered more than just dystopian images that made my dark side grin, but a crash course of investigation into her soul. A resiliency; a depth of mystery that felt like the real sense of “cool”- exploded from the imagery and interviews I read. Unexploited, raw and genuine.

It was so refreshing to feel the images of her Art Brut style paintings encapsulate a deeper knowing of suffering on an individual, societal and even fictional level.

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This is my perception of the dark, witty drawings and paintings rendered by German born illustrator, Angela Dalinger. At 32 years of age, Dalinger knows what she wants and it’s not the big city, bars and heavy metal shows. It is the peace and silence of a small village outside Hamburg, with 100 occupants, that offers sounds of nature and silence, allowing her creativity to flow.

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Dalinger’s Comic book, “The Werewurf,” explicitly showcases the delectable irreverent wit and and re-contextualization of a man/werewolf that is actually a Weremole musician shape shifting into a mole at the dawn of a full moon heavy metal show.

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Getting absorbed into the snapshots of life and tragedy in Dalinger’s work took me into a reverberating silence. The kind of silence where everything is visible and invisible at the same time. The sound of silence that makes no apologies when it greets darkness, an old friend, coming to talk to me again. (Thanks, Simon & Garfunkel).

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Check out Angela Dalinger’s work in person:

FIFTY24SF

218 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Opening: May 21, 2016

FEVERISH ATMOSPHERES BY HENNING WAGENBRETH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based artist Henning Wagenbreth is a German illustrator and graphic designer, who works on both commissioned and personal art projects.

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He makes illustrations and designs for books, posters, newspapers and magazines and also designs his own typefaces. He has also worked in animation, film, theater and music, and works as a professor in Illustration at the University of Arts in Berlin since 1994. His refined printing technique produces very powerful and colorful images that provoke a feverish atmosphere. His art lends itself well to illustrating poems as well as for creating graphic novels.

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF FILM ICONS BY NAN LAWSON

Nan Lawson is a self-taught illustrator from California. Nan enjoys drawing quirky and nerdy things and characters, which are often inspired by hipsters, cult television shows, and flea markets.nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (6)nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (2)

Featuring a range of Wes Anderson’s characters, popular figures from fandoms such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, X-Files and Harry Potter, Lawson’s artwork mimics cartoon characters from Japanese culture.

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