SURREAL LANDSCAPES BY JORDAN KASEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Jordan Kasey‘s large scale paintings are surreal oil on canvas landscapes and portraits. She grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Baltimore in 2004 to study painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She graduated in December 2007 and currently works as an Art Handler.

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In her strange worlds, her subjects occupy entire compositions and are often distorted by a canvas’ constraints. Although they could seemingly exist anywhere, we see them fused with natural landscape. As often as not their faces and bodies obscure all but the smallest details needed to understand their surroundings or the mundane activities they’re engaged in.

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MYSTICAL ENVIRONMENTS BY NICOLE GUSTAFSSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicole Gustafsson (previously featured here) is the creator behind NIMASPROUT. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and pet kids. Nicole works as a full time illustrator, specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments, to pop culture based projects for various galleries.

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ANCIENT HISTORY OF EARTH BY WAKA YOSHIDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Waka Yoshida was born in Iwate prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Setsu Mode Gakuen in 2008. She began making works that resembled miniature garden-like landscapes on top of geological formations.

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Her work conjures a feeling of nostalgia and embraces a sense of familiarity in her appreoaches to dinosaurs and geology. Combining painting and objects she constructs an imaginary world based on the ancient history of the Earth. Borders may at times bring conflict in the clash of cultures, but they also give rise to the emergence of new forms and encounters. Yoshida explores borders with this affirmative tendency, searching out something that shines even within a world of sadness.

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CHIMERICAL CREATURES BY RICHARD A. KIRK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others.

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Kirk’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard’s work.

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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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CROCHETED CORAL REEF

by Ariadna Zierold

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The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core.

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The series of handmade coral reefs are meant to raise awareness about environmental issues by creating a greater appreciation for the complex design of natural formations, demonstrated through the algorithmic art of crochet.

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SYSTEMATIZED NATURE BY CABLE GRIFFITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cable Griffith is an artist, curator, and educator living and working in Seattle. His work invites you into fantastical scenes with a bright sense of familiarity that permeates the patterned, pixel-like worlds and is almost instantly recognizable from one of recent generations’ favorite past times—video games.

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The digitally-inspired lands for which the artist has become known, but buried beneath the solid, white clouds and systematized, geometric trees, reveal a more serious pursuit. Griffith thrives on crossover moments—the strange pull that virtual environments can have on the mind; the way that even simple, abstracted representations of the world in Atari games.

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THE NATURAL WORLD OF DAVID RICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based David Rice grew up in Colorado exploring the surrounding mountains. The contact with nature was a great inspiration for his work where he fuses the natural and the man-made in his paintings, representing the possibility of a peaceful balance between the two.

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David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence.  The combination of the organic with the human engineered.

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NATURE STUDIES BY JAMIE MILLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jamie Mills is an artist, illustrator, animator and educator currently based in York, U.K. Creating intricately detailed landscapes and wildlife creatures, his work is inspired by L.S Lowry and Brooks Salzwedel. Jamie’s illustrations are beyond two-dimensional flat imagery, but tangible and malleable zines and packages that are cleverly constructed to make the viewer feel drawn in. Leaning towards a style that is naturalistic, his images are very much based on nature, and the explorations and explanation of objects through story telling.

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All hand drawn, his work can be described as intensely mono, a style that has been conceived from the avoidance of computer illustration, opting for a minimalist pencil. A craftsman that is as sentimental about his tools as his craft, Jamie’s illustrations reflect a need for absolute dedication and perseverance, a process that is both tiresome and painstaking, but leads to an unquestionable fulfilment.

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WILDLIFE WOMEN BY ELSA MORA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cuban born and raised artist Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist who creates by painting, drawing, sculpting, porcelain, book making and jewelry design. Growing up poor taught her a series of important lessons that she will always treasure. She learned that the most precious possession that you have is your mind. She also learned that creativity and imagination could solve any problem, whether it’s a material problem or an emotional one.

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Mora pulls from elements of the natural world to illustrate intimate journeys of personal evolution and transformation. Her paintings of female figures with root limbs, bird heads, and other human/nature hybrids are all at once entrancing, surreal, and provocative.

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