EXCELLENT GIFS BY STEPHEN VUILLEMIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Excellent illustrations and gif-work from London based multi-talented artist Stephen Vuillemin. Stephen has elevated the art of the animated GIF by producing work specifically for that format, and subsequently, has been commissioned by art directors to create animated GIFs to run in online publications.

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Vuillemin has been crafting bold and exciting work mixing illustration, comics, and animation, with no order of preference. His compositions include opulent palettes, where sci-fi meets fashion and lifestyle, on a sometimes vulgar, sometimes grandiose mode.

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GIANT SKULLS BY RON MUECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck explores both the transience of life and a sense of permanence with this striking series of large-scale skulls. A biological structure that has become a near-universal symbol pervasive in art throughout most cultures and religions, “Mass” celebrates the form that connects all humankind.

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They will be on display as part of the Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria until April 18, 2018.

Photos by Sean Fennessey

FACELESS PORTRAITS BY ANNA BU KLIEWER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ukranian artist Anna Bu Kliewer is a mixed media artist working in both analogue and digital collage. Having studied at both Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and London’s Central Saint Martins, the now London-based collage genius delivers faceless portraits by meshing aspects of the environment with the human body. Her collages play with space and identity, mashing it up, erasing and reconfiguring. The resulting imagery is a perfect blend of familiar and fantasy.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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GRAPHITE SLICES BY MILES JOHNSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miles Johnston is an freelance illustrator and concept artist currently located in London, United Kingdom. Using predominantly graphite on paper Johnston slices away and deforms his figures. Drawn with subtle gradients and shading the works have a light but mesmerizing effect on first view. Johnston seems to morph his figures with their surroundings creating surreal scenes and dream like imagery.

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GRAPHICAL GOODNESS BY PETER JUDSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Peter Judson is a multi-talented illustrator and printmaker based in London inspired by such luminaries as the Memphis Group and Dieter Rams. After starting his career at the age of 14 with a Microsoft Paint drawing published in Pictoplasma, Peter spent some time as the leather-clad drummer of an unsuccessful band before ending up where he is now – creating satisfyingly transfixing work full of brow-furrowing graphical goodness.

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TILING COLLAGES BY ANTHONY GERACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based Canadian artist Anthony Gerace creates mysterious collages by combining vintage portraits with colorful tiles that fragment the image resulting in dreamy compositions in paper – often working chromatically, and using tiling to abstractive effect. Because parts of the subject’s face are hidden, the artworks leave the viewer to fill in the missing pieces with their imagination.

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SURREALIST AND CINEMATIC TONES BY MAT MAITLAND

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mat Maitland is a collage artist based in London. His images and films have been commissioned by a wide range of clients including Kenzo, Hunter, Interview Magazine, Tate Gallery, and Nike among many others.

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“My aesthetic is pop with overlapping surrealist and cinematic tones. I love to abstract images and place them back together in a different context, which conjures up new ways of looking at things. Print and motion work are my favorite mediums. In different and yet complementary ways, they allow me to explore new dimensions” Mat Maitland

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DECONSTRUCTING THE DIGITAL IMPRINT BY KATJA ANGELI

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based artist Katja Angeli creates poised collages of simplicity and wonderment. Katja’s subtle artworks have gained her a selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, as well as being awarded the prestigious Clifford Chance Purchase Prize. Interfering with the digital, Katja’s practice uses traditional hand-made assemblage techniques with digital mark making, printing onto Japanese paper.

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“Recently I have been examining ways of deconstructing the digital imprint, reflecting on the relationship between the digital and physical. The digital artwork eradicates the trace of the hand for an image that seems almost too perfect.” Katja Angeli

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