Karen Lynch is an Australian artist, focussing on hand-cut vintage paper collage. She sources material from vintage magazines, catalogues and books. Architecture, nature, space and time are common elements within her visual dialogue. Central to her art is the resuscitation and transformation of pieces of the past into retro-futuristic or surreal landscapes.
Obsessed with color and geometry, Karen’s collages can be playful, often tell a story and try to inspire the viewer. Using old school scissors and glue, Karen creates surreal and retro-futuristic worlds using vintage magazines and books found at thrift stores and markets. She loves the process of juxtaposing 2 or more disparate images and transforming them into impossible landscapes that feel almost real.
Kim Salt is a freelance illustrator based in New York. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company. She primarily specializes in editorial illustration these days, but has also worked with clients to serve their design needs. Her work celebrates the inner magic of the mundane and the unique rhythms of living things.
Houston, Texas based Ana María, “Anamarietta” was born and raised in Barranquitas, an agricultural town in the center of the Island of Puerto Rico. Ana studied Animal Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and graduated in 2005. Known by the local art scene for her Humanoid creatures, Ana’s work has been recognized in multiple cities for the subtle brush stroke and shading of characters that seemed to be taken from a dream of a Biologist with excessive imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.