THE IMAGERY OF FRANK GONZALES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Gonzales‘ work is about taking reference from various sources including books, the net and photos to comprise and create his own imagery. By creating his paintings through reference or made up elements, there becomes a play between artificiality and realism. He likes to combine elements that may seem believable picture wise, but wouldn’t normally thrive in real life. Frank’s compositions are never thought out much beforehand. He likes the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image as a jump off point for the rest of the painting. One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there. He finds this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. Various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.

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NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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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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THE WORK OF BENE ROHLMANN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bene Rohlmann was born in 1985 in Münster, Germany and is currently living and working in Berlin. In 2007 he started his formal training in Design, with a major in Illustration at FH Münster and graduated with his diploma in 2012. His artwork combines various traditional techniques such as collage and drawing, and incorporate a random assortment of themes which interest him, such as Mexican death cults, traditional art from native tribes, lots of nature related themes like moths and plants, classic Disney movies and old advertisements.

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IMAGINARY NATURE BY DULK

by Ariadna Zierold

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As a child, Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk loved watching the fledglings and seeing them grow, as well as the fish, dogs, and horses that lived on the property. When he wasn’t out and about, he copied illustrations of exotic animals that he found in his parents’ collection of old enciclopedias. And he took his sketchbook with him everywhere from then on. At the age of eighteen, a close friend persuaded him to tackle the walls of the city and suggested he take the pseudonym of Dulk. He then started a diploma in economics, but dropped out in the first year to study illustration then graphic design at the University of Valencia.

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Today, Dulk is an all- purpose artist. Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisement, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. He participated in a lot of group shows around the world in cities as Vancouver, Miami, New York, Brussels, Paris and Chicago. Always looking at things from the same innocent viewpoint that he is so fond of – that of a child- the artist created animal themed works in organic colors. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans. Maybe they are wanting to warn us of Earth’s bleak future following an environmental catastrophe.

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MECHANICAL HUMAN NATURE BY HEIDI TAILLEFER

 

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Montreal, Quebec based Heidi Taillefer is an artist who blurs the line between what is beautiful and what is grotesque. A fusion of ancient and modern, divine and demonic, mystical and technological, and altogether awe-inspiring, Taillefer’s pieces are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. She seeks to explore and provide insights into the human condition, while paying particular attention to humanity’s increasingly complex relationships with technology and the advancement of AI.

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Originally depicting subjects as machines placed in natural settings, her work acts as a nostalgic embrace of the past, through the lens of a culture racing forward at with technological advancements. While outpacing the evolution of our bodies and minds, Taillefer’s work examines the fact that a merger with technology does not insulate us from fundamental aspects of the human condition. (via WOWXWOW)

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HUMAN FRAILTIES BY TONI HAMEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toni Hamel lives and works in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. She describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties“. Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work that reflect on and interpret the psychological unease characteristic of our age. Virtues and vices, the holy and the profane, the good and the bad all share equal weight in her work and supply an infinite source of material for her investigations.

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Such conceptual framework leads Hamel to work across disciplines: drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations are rendered in both traditional and non-traditional materials and are selected based on their ability to support the particular message she needs to convey. Pointing to historical and psychological references while tackling issues of universal interest, Hamel’s narratives question our behavior to eventually alert us about the repercussions of our current thinking models.

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IMPROVISED GARDENS BY ROBERT MINERVINI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Robert Minervini is an artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking, murals, and site-specific public art. His work examines spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale cityscapes, landscapes, and floral still-life arrangements, which addresses the ecological impact of humanity.

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He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has an extensive exhibition history and has participated in artist in residence programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Headlands Center of the Arts.

GEOMETRIC NATURE BY DAVID RICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Much of David Rice‘s work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he has a special connection with the outdoors. David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.

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Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence. Blurring the boundary between manmade and natural. Instead of only a natural world existing, or one that is manmade, the two can coexist harmoniously if the dominant party yields to this cohesive existence.

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SPACE GEOMETRY BY ALEXY PREFONTAINE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexy Prèfontaine is a digital artist and graphic designer from Montreal, Canada.
His work is inspired by nature, space, geometry and distorted perspectives that surround him. By focusing on different perceptions of the world that we live in, he hopes that the viewer can be pulled in the surreal sceneries he creates.

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SURREALISTIC SCENES BY FUCO UEDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tokyo based Fuco Ueda is a Japanese artist who paints with acrylic achieving a watercolor effect and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and on wood. Ueda’s work has a memorizing effect on the viewer. Most of her work centers on surrealistic scenes and young women. Her paintings describe a bizzare world with various nature elements such as animals, marine fauna, flowers, bees, mushrooms, etc..

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