EXPRESSIVE LINES BY LIAM STEVENS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Liam Stevens is an image maker and designer based in London. He likes simple materials enabling him to craft his work through expressive lines or graphic shapes and is particularly fond of his Pentel 0.7mm mechanical pencil, colored paper stash and scalpel. Liam’s impeccable skill at illustration and shading invites the viewer into these 2-dimensional worlds of whimsical realism.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator who explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. 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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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 and publications.

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BOLD SCENARIOS BY THOMAS HEDGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based artist Thomas Hedger‘s work utilizes negative space to create bold, eye catching pieces. He employs a carefully selected color palette to depict a wide variety of subject matter, from witty everyday scenarios to serious matters and abstract concepts.

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Thomas’ work is consistently intriguing. He’s best known for his toolkit of distinct, bold lines and vibrant, block color. He produces work of stunning scope – cheeky and serious, sad and funny, socially aware and irreverent. What really stands out is the consideration he clearly puts into whittling down complex ideas into only a few simple, bold components.

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NOSTALGIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY PAUL LAYZELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based illustrator Paul Layzell is a Graduate of the University of Brighton’s Illustration BA/Hons course in 2011. He is part of the duo Layzell Bros with his brother Matt. They are directors, animators, illustrators, music makers and in general people that enjoy visualizing the thoughts that reside inside the mind. They have been working together since they were kids so they’ve had some practice. Matt had a staunch and strictly religious education in animation, and Paul a free-flowing one in illustration, but they work in both fields, merging their respective talents together.

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Paul’s inspiration for his work consists of stuff he grew up with, 90s stuff, sports stuff, skateboarding, cartoons and Keith Haring. Like a stereotypical teenager he used to skateboard, play basketball.

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VIVID SATIRE BY ALEX JENKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alex Jenkins is an illustrator and cartoonist based in the suburbs of South London. He graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 having studied an Illustration BA.

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In his work, he explores satirical and critical subject matter through a distinctive and vivid style. Jenkins tries to avoid the pretense but wallow in humor, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal.

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AMORPHOUS AND EXPERIMENTAL WORK BY OSCAR BOLTON GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Prolific illustrator Oscar Bolton Green was born in London. His figurative work and character pieces are a delight. His portfolio is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. It’s amazing how he works with simple forms and how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental.

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DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPES BY JAKE GREWAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jake Grewal is originally from London where he was lucky enough to be granted an art scholarship for the duration of his time at Emanuel School. He moved onto attend Kingston University to complete his Foundation Year.  He is currently in his third and final year at Brighton University studying ‘Fine art: Painting’.

Check out his amazing dystopian landscapes.

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OPTIMISM AS CULTURAL REBELLION BY MATTHEW STONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Matthew Stone began his career as a leading influencer in a number of counter-cultural movements in London. In terms of composition, color and treatment of the body, Stone works in explicit relation to the history of painting, seeking to understand and define broader abstract ideologies that relate to the body itself.

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The artist examines perceptions of interconnection, collaboration and hierarchy through the canon of art as propaganda, seeking to promote notions of social unity and optimism.

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STRECHED-BRONZE SCULPTURES BY ROMAIN LANGLOIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romain Langlois studied medical books and anatomical charts to understand the human body, building his first sculptures using only plaster and clay. Seeking a more permanent material, Langlois turned to bronze, a metal he now incorporates into works that are inspired by nature rather than man. His pieces visually pull apart the natural objects that surround us—building works that appear as bisected rocks, boulders, and tree trunks. These sculptures showcase glistening bronze protruding from their insides, unleashing the perceived inner energy of each object.

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