New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula paints large-scale works that explore the dynamic energy of cities at night. With virtuosic brushwork, vibrant color, and fluid gesture, Pacula captures the motion and chaos as well as the sublime beauty of urban space.
Her streets are filled with light that travels almost of its own accord within the compositions, and she has developed a nontraditional style of painting that combines impressionism, expressionism, and photorealism. The resulting paintings ensnare the eye and transport the viewer to another dimension, reminiscent of the fleeting yet mesmerizing moments that take place only in the big city.
Mark Paul Deren, more commonly known as MADSTEEZ, is an artist and designer based in California. He is known for his vibrant, large-scale and multi-layered paintings, often mixing odd and familiar characters into abstract landscapes.
Mark’s eclectic personality breaths through each colorful piece he masters. From Dennis Hopper to Carlton Banks, MADSTEEZ’s inspiration ranges from personal heroes to pop-culture legends.
Tehran-based artist Salman Khoshroo creates large-scale figures and portraits that practically drip from the canvas. Most of these pieces are several feet tall, composed of enormously precise strokes that veer toward abstraction while eventually leading to a cohesive figure.
Working in his studio in Tehran with a large palette knife to spread oil colors directly on the canvas, Khoshroo’s paintings harness figurative abstraction to evince very concise figures of emotional tension. Beginning with portraits of people he knew, his style evolved from one based on realism to one that draws from abstract art, expressionism and fauvism.
His interest in painting the human face is twofold, both as a conduit of human emotions, made all the more pertinent in his home country where women have to cover up the rest of their bodies; as well as an expression of identity and self-presentation in the age of Facebook.
The imaginary city landscapes of Dutch artist Georg Bohle are carefully drawn in pencil and constructed on extremely large paper sheets, always looking like a work in progress where, given time, the city could eventually occupy all the blank space. He works on metaphors representing the growth of a city and exacerbating the city’s own image.
The artist begins each work retrieving his feelings and memories of when he visited a specific place, ie. Istanbul, Tokyo, Tashkent or many others and/or deeply studying its written and visual history . Uncanny stories and ancient fears may lie under a city’s own image. These underlying worlds, which contrast with the exterior face of an urban ensemble are brought to life by Georg Bohle’s drawings.
Simon Beck turns a walk on the beach into a work of art with these massive crop circle-inspired creations. Each piece takes a huge amount of pre-planning but physically executing such intricate designs can take a full day trudging (sometimes well into the night). He made some crazy ones on the snow in New Zealand and the Swiss Alps, too.
Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese born, New York based artist who utilizes pyrotechnics as a medium for many of his works. You have probably seen his well known gunpowder drawings he has been making for more than 20 years. He also creates large scale pieces with fireworks, some of the titles referencing extraterrestrials, because he wants them to be big enough to see from space. He was the first Asian artist to have a solo show at the Guggenheim in New York. It was a retrospective titled “I Want to Believe” in 2008 and 2009. After New York, it traveled to Beijing for the Olympics and also to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.
That’s right, an American man has left over $8 million to the Wombat Awareness Organization, “a non profit organisation specialising in large scale rescue and rehabilitation of the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat.” And so the world turns. We wish we could make a smart ass comment about this, but we are also an informative website here.
The Man Conor Harrington (Juxtapoz #93 ) is in Los Angeles, dripping walls with his spectacularly large scale murals that meld loose brush strokes with tightly rendered figures for street art that looks like it belongs framed in a gallery.