TRADITIONAL MODERNISM BY FUTARO MITSUKI

by Ariadna Zierold

FUTARO MITSUKI, japan, drawing, illustration, pencil, traditional, modern, tattoo, victorian, medieval, characters, monochrome, upper playground

Japanese artist Futaro Mitsuki uses a variety of tools such as pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper and panel. He was born in Tokyo in 1970 and in 1998  Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He managed to combine traditional Japanese motifs with tattoo art, along with Victorian and Medieval ages elements.

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FASHIONABLE PARANOIA BY SHINTARO KAGO

by Ariadna Zierold

shintaro kago, manga, japan, japanese, monochrome, 3d, panels, upper playground

Manga artist Shintaro Kago’s style has been called “fashionable paranoia”. He subverts the form in his provocative, occasionally grotesque narratives. Many of his manga have strongly satirical overtones, and deal with grotesque subjects such as extreme sex, scatology and body modification. In this tale, in particular, the typical panels become three-dimension vessels, from which his characters break out and manipulate.

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METAPHORIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF EMOTIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

henn kim, korea, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, surreal, minimal, dream, dreamlike, upper playground

Korean artist Henn Kim‘s minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. Henn’s works seem to be the representation of Dadaism poetry or Freud’s the Interpretation of Dreams. A sort of automatic drawing that allow the unconscious to express itself. Visions and sensations are depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects.

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MONOCHROMATIC BRUSHSTROKES BY TOM FRENCH

by Ariadna Zierold

tom french, british, monochrome, monochromatic, painting, paintings, brushstrokes, energetic, vibrant, upper playground

Tom French is a British artist whose powerful monochromatic canvases are driven by his efforts to engage with the subconscious, and a rigorous pursuit of truth. French’s paintings are a visual discourse on Dualism, a philosophy that posits that the mind and the brain are not identical, that the mind is the seat of consciousness and the brain the seat of intellect.

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His concerns with the duality of the physical and the metaphysical, are reflected in the double images that populate his artwork. Faces, figures and skulls repeat and shadow one-another, there are echoes of Rorschach’s psychometric tests in the mirroring and the monochromatic palette, and intuitive, gestural brushstrokes tap the subconscious.

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GRAPHITE SLICES BY MILES JOHNSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

miles johnston, graphite, illustration, monochrome, monochromatic, portraiture, surreal, slice, slices, concept, london, upper playground

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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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

james lipnickas, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, ufos, monsters, aliens, creatures, monochrome, monochromatic, new england, scifi, upper playground

James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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GRAY SCALE FIGURES BY TOMOO GOKITA

by Ariadna Zierold

tomoo gokita, tokyo, japan, gray scale, monochrome, portraiture, collage, painting, paintings, pin up, pop culture, neo expressionistic, humor, upper playground

Tokyo, Japan based Tomoo Gokita’s gray-scale paintings depict archetypal figures, such as a pin-up girl or a geisha, with their faces concealed. With a background in graphic design, the artist was initially inspired to create art by his love of manga and animation. His paintings reflect these pop cultural influences, evoking iconic celebrity headshots and pornographic magazines. Executed with extreme technical precision, his erasure of the face through Neo-expressionistic flourishes or scraping gestures disturbs and adds a humorous element to his compositions.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

jon macnair, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, austin, texas, ink, monochromatic, monochrome, spooky, phantasmagoric, creature, creatures, upper playground

Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

jon macnair, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, austin, texas, ink, monochromatic, monochrome, spooky, phantasmagoric, creature, creatures, upper playground

With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground

Portland based Zoe Keller (previously featured here) is an illustrator exploring the intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences. She spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast.

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SKELETAL FORMS BY STEN AND LEX

by Ariadna Zierold

sten, lex, mural, muralist, murals, street art, skeletal, monochrome, geometric, black, white, xray, italy, upper playground

Sten and Lex are among the most internationally renowned street artists in the world. The Italian duo has developed an unique technique, the halftone stencil, which allows them to create poetic and powerful pieces influenced by op-art. Sten and Lex first met at the end of medical studies in Rome, while taking a radiology course together. They were profoundly inspired by the material potential of x-ray film, and it was during class that they first began to cut out the skeletal forms, a process which foreshadowed their current practice.

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