Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.
Southern-California based artist, Evan Rossell, better known as “Stink” the name of his widely adored signature monster, draws influence from his grandfather. The artist craft had grown to include influences from old comics, patterns, hairy people, and graffiti. Evan created his characters in high school as a way to pass the time in class. Since then, Evan’s work has graced walls, galleries and magazines, and has become sought after by collectors.
Brooklyn-based artist Kelly Denato works in a variety of industries and mediums. She works professionally in animation, illustration, and design. Denato also regularly exhibits her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and soft sculptures in galleries across the US. What inspires Denato is the beauty of optimism, and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment. Her paintings, which are marked by darkness as well as gleeful exuberance, are emotional expressions of this elusive pursuit for meaning and the simultaneity of ill-fated happiness.
Denato’s painting technique is characterized by meticulous and tiny strokes layered on a textured background. Her colors are glistening and candy-like, often lifting her characters out of darkness as if they have been carved by lacerating colors. Her genius is her ability to richly layer paint while still employing economy in the use of her line, maintaining an empathetic sense of gesture. Her characters are often floating and tangled, drawn with a masterfully delicate illustrator’s hand and an eye for the whimsically sardonic.
Lori Nelson explores the mysterious, frightening, and undeniably magical world of teens in “Cryptotweens Are Like”. Her new series of oil-on-panel paintings depicts monstrous tweens and teens that, on the surface, bear little resemblance to ordinary youths.
Nelson’s teens show a true humanness as they grapple with feelings of freakish outsider-ness, first encounters with romantic love, and moments of self awareness amidst their changing environments.
Baltimore, Maryland based artist Brad Blair makes sculptural monstrosities that combine features of real world animals with those from dreams and nightmares. His works are an elaborate mixture of media, made of primarily clay and ceramic, natural parts like fox tails and fish fins, rubber cast tongues, and mechanical elements like watches and monofilament, giving them a certain science-fiction or cyborg quality.
Alex Pardee is a busy man, but not so busy that he doesn’t want to make sure everyone is happy when they go the ZeroFriends store. Right now, if you buy $25 or more at the ZeroFriends store, you will be getting one “Monster” print. From now through June 30th, you get a 5″ x 7″ signed giclee print from Alex’s “My Favorite Monsters” Series 1. One print per order. Here is your link, go to work.