VIBRANT LANDSCAPES BY SHAWNA X

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based artist Shawna X‘s artwork is clearly a cascade of psychedelic colors, the designs, content and narrative that hold such a vibrant array is equally as mesmerizing. Everything from nude women, to M. C. Escher-esque landscapes, to Shawna’s own interpretation of still art, her body of work may be diverse, but they’re all just as beautifully mystifying as the next.

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Working with various media including digital illustration, painting, motion, and environmental design. Her work exhibits interest in vibrant colors and juxtaposition of shape and composition to evoke energy, seduction, and morbid curiosity.

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FANTASTIC PENCIL DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based illustrator Mike Lee (previously featured here) was born in Placentia, California. He majored in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design and graduated in 2006.  Fortunate enough to find a job in his field right out of school, Mike has been working in the feature film and commercial illustration industry for almost ten years now.  In that time He has been involved in exciting professional projects, but always felt a need to create his own personal artwork. The result is a fantastic blend of detail, simplicity, precise planning and dream-like scenarios.

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BOLD LANDSCAPES BY DEEDEE CHERIEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel (previously featured here) is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s.  Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19.  Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.

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Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world.  With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

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POLARIZED ELEMENTS BY SALLY DENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Sally Deng grew up in a dual existence between living for months in China and traveling back to Los Angeles where her family owned a diner in downtown Los Angeles. This presence of opposites coming together is a recurring theme in Deng’s work, thoughtful environments in which she is able to harmonize between polarized elements.

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Realizing that just about anything can be an art tool, she mixes various media including digital into dynamic collages. In early 2016 she completed her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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THE CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF LIFE BY ANTHONY HURD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Anthony Hurd‘s work is an endeavor of exploring his own personal demons and understanding the ever changing landscapes of life. A way of expressing sometimes the inexpressible. The motifs change over time but currently the works he’s pursuing focus on cyclical nature of life, the rise and fall, the destruction and rebirth, the dark and light. Fighting depression and anxiety with introspection and personal growth. The work is a bit of a celebration of survival, and the depths of darkness that have revealed his own personal greatest truths.

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NEON SURREALISM BY JOHANNAH ODONNELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Orlando, Florida based pop surrealist painter Johannah O’Donnell‘s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on our connection with the universe and our shifting cultural perceptions in the digital age. She tends to turn up the contrast on the wild cast of creatures and figures found in her acrylic works. These characters, who often times are found among cosmic landscapes, shine boldly with brilliant shades of purple, blue, and pink.

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Johannah paints with open body, also known as slow drying, acrylics on wood panels that are hand crafted by her husband, carpenter and sculptor Adriaan Mol. Her work is influenced by 70’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy art and the American Pop Art movement and uses figurative symbolism as a narrative surrounding ideas of the human condition.

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‘CAVE PAINTINGS’ BY REBECCA CHAPERON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the new work by Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Chaperon. Chaperon’s paintings act as a means of storytelling, as landscapes meet flat geometry and emotive undercurrents. Born in England in 1978, Rebecca attended Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC where she studied fine arts until graduation in 2002. Her work is exhibited/collected internationally and recently shown (2014) in Vancouver,  LA and San Francisco.

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Her process often begins with the idea of place. We see paintings of dark landscapes that seem to stretch infinitely, a doomed place invented by the artist as a theatrical stage where various protagonists bravely live out mysterious vignettes. The setting becomes a representation of the internal landscape of the artist, or more specifically the small brilliant garden of creativity that exists within. On the visual journey through Chaperon’s work we are immersed in surreal versions of the world, places that waver just outside of our perception.

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SURREAL SCENERIES BY DEXTER MAURER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martigny, Switzerland based illustrator Dexter Maurer‘s works transport us into fantastic worlds, where bizarre creatures battle with humans in a surreal scenery of conquer and defeat.

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Some drawings bring to light human fears, worries and emotions, while others reveal solitude, sadness and a macabre imagery, in a constant switch from static to dynamic, from intense to mild colors or even black and white, depending on the depicted story or state of mind. The details, the recurring symbols and motifs corresponding to the themes approached by the artist, the range of colors and the narrative, all define an unique and very interesting style.

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SCI FI LANDSCAPES BY BEEPLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mike Winkelmann aka Beeple (previously featured here) is a graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin, USA who has makes short film, VJ clips, and everydays. He has released a picture every day for the last 10+ years. He has also released a series of Creative Commons live visuals that have been used by electronic acts such as deadmau5, Taio Cruz, Tiësto, Amon Tobin, Wolfgang Gartner, Flying Lotus and many others. He currently releases work on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint.

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WIRE SCULPTURES BY EDOARDO TRESOLDI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edoardo Tresoldi is an Italian sculptor. He makes near-transparent sculptures using wire mesh, and often positions them in public places. Using his signature wire mesh material, Tresoldi has sculpts landscapes of monumental architectural objects that engage with natural elements. Classical typologies — like colossal columns and dramatic domes — interact with modernist geometries, blending two worlds that exist in both harmony and contrast.

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