NATURE ILLUSTRATIONS BY VANESSA FOLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground

Vanessa Foley is a self employed artist based in Newcastle, England. She has always lived in the city, and loves it, but her heart lies in the wild Northumberland countryside that surrounds her bustling town.

vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground

Her love for nature and art are inseparable, and she could never imagine one without the other. Vanessa regularly shows her work in notable galleries in the UK, America and New Zealand. Her work is in private collections worldwide.

vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground vanessa foley, nature, illustration, drawing, pencil, birds, upper playground

THE PATTERNED VORTEXES OF MONICA ROHAN

by Ariadna Zierold

monica rohan, pattern, vortex, flowers, nature, textiles, painting, colorful, vivid, upper playground

Monica Rohan’s sensitivity to her surroundings is evident in the carefully composed works, which reveal a love of pattern, light and color. The paint retains a lucid quality and the decorative potential of textiles and luxuriant foliage act as ready symbols for the day lit world.

monica rohan, pattern, vortex, flowers, nature, textiles, painting, colorful, vivid, upper playground

Although we see the artist portrayed in many different settings in her paintings, we can never see her face. Each of her subjects, all being representations of herself, hide their face in the mass of textiles. She is a master at bringing to life vibrant hues on different thread. Sometimes, there is no fabric in her paintings, but instead a sheet of grass or flowers that stretch over the figure.

monica rohan, pattern, vortex, flowers, nature, textiles, painting, colorful, vivid, upper playground monica rohan, pattern, vortex, flowers, nature, textiles, painting, colorful, vivid, upper playground monica rohan, pattern, vortex, flowers, nature, textiles, painting, colorful, vivid, upper playground

THE CERAMIC CREATURES OF CRYSTAL MOREY

by Ariadna Zierold

crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground

Crystal Morey imagines ceramic sculptures strange and fascinating. Based on different representations of humans with elements from the animal world, these creations resembling totems plunge us into a world apart.

crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground

“In my most recent work I am using clay to build figurative sculptures of humans encased in animals. I use delicate and emotive gesture, rich texture, and subdued, sepia tones to create telling, intimate objects that capture current psychological, environmental, and cultural feelings. The figures are contemplative and inward thinking, seeing a future outcome that is uncertain. The animals I use are either extinct or have become endangered due to human impact in this era of “great acceleration” since the Industrial Revolution.” 

crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground crystal morey, sculpture, ceramics, animals, human, hybrid, nature, upper playground

THE URBAN ACUPUNCTURE OF FRANCISCO DIAZ

by Ariadna Zierold

francisco diaz, pastelfd, wall, mural, city, nature, upper playground

Francisco Diaz sees modern cities full of “non-places” because of the irregular and not inclusive masterplanning. These places are the canvases for his paintings.

francisco diaz, pastelfd, wall, mural, city, nature, upper playground
He works on experiences, considering the space where he gets to create his work:  a city, a rural space, an open space or a closed space. Working with symbolism like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic elements, almost forgotten in modern society.

francisco diaz, pastelfd, wall, mural, city, nature, upper playground francisco diaz, pastelfd, wall, mural, city, nature, upper playground francisco diaz, pastelfd, wall, mural, city, nature, upper playground

MEMORIES OF THE NATURAL WORLD BY LUCIEN SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground

Lucien Smith was born in Los Angeles, California in 1989. He graduated with a BFA from Cooper Union, New York in 2011. Smith’s art explores various processes of painterly abstraction.

lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground

In a number of series, Smith has captured memories of the natural world. His Rain Paintings, an early series created in upstate New York with a paint-filled fire extinguisher, are elegant abstractions of the weather.

lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground

While in Tigris, his most recent body of work, Smith’s interest in nature has evolved to include loose brushstrokes fluttering across canvases as if to evoke the movement of rivers. Named after an ancient body of water, the works in Tigris convey an organic sensibility. Smith’s process of pouring paint onto the canvas is reminiscent of pouring water, evoking the movement of rivers and rain.

lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground

Smith creates work that traverses a spectrum of styles and concerns, from chance to purpose, spare to saturated, sublime to familiar. These visual approaches, or conceptual directives, may combine and overlap in one piece, or spread individually through a body of work – each idea originally segregated, fully integrates when understood as an oeuvre.

lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground lucien smith, paintings, nature, upper playground

THE NATURE AND SUPER NATURE OF FANTICH AND YOUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground

Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young are East London based artists that started collaborating together in 2008 and have since then been known as Fantich & Young.

fantich_and_young_2

Their work entails a conceptual approach to the manipulation and juxtaposition of symbolic ready-made materials. Their work addresses parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as threat.

fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground

Their latest work Darwinian Voodoo creates art that subverts Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection with the belief system of supernatural ceremonial ritual. The concepts of nature and super-nature are explored in the work.

fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground fantich and young, sculptures, nature, teeth, upper playground

LISEL ASHLOCK ILLUSTRATES “DO UNTO ANIMALS: A FRIENDLY GUIDE TO HOW ANIMALS LIVE, AND HOW WE CAN MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER”

by Ariadna Zierold

Illustrator and designer Lisel Ashlock had the very unique opportunity working with Tracey Stewart, Rachel Filler and the team at Artisan Books conceptualizing, designing, and building this book from the ground up.

lisel ashlock, illustration, animals, book, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

Working extremely close with the team at Artisan and author Tracey Stewart, this was truly a labor of love and an absolute dream for an illustrator.

lisel ashlock, illustration, animals, book, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

“The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most—and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.” Lisel Ashlock

lisel ashlock, illustration, animals, book, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

Painting on birch panel, drawing with pencil and watercolor or working digitally, each of Lisel’s projects is executed with a sensitivity and celebration of the natural world. When she’s not busy on an illustration project, Lisel can be found designing, photographing, styling, hand-crafting and creative directing for Moomah the Magazine.

More details of the book to come as the release date of October 6th, 2015 gets closer.

NATURE FOR SALE BY JAVIER ROCABADO

by Ariadna Zierold

Artist Javier Rocabado has been working on this series for the last year and a half “Nature for Sale”. Often times he combines themes into installations that feature real US currency alongside human figures or icons and real objects. These icons are then embellished with 22 k Gold Leaf halos, cultured pearls, semi-precious stones, 18k gold and silver jewelry, the vials of used injectable HIV medications filled with holy water or olive oils.

javier rocabado, nature for sale, painting, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

“Through this new series of works, I want to point out the ridiculous concept of “Economics is First”, a universally accepted axiom under Capitalism. I strive to create images (in this case animals) that allow the viewers to experience the false pride in a civilization that conquers nature in order to profit from it. I Use imagery of animals in sorrow as a metaphor of the economic system founded on fossil fuel and on the plunder of resources under Capitalism’s unlimited pursuit of perpetual growth. A growth which in order to be maintained requires the exploitation of the most of the world’s peoples and natural resources.

javier rocabado, nature for sale, painting, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

When looking at nature, one can’t help but see its destruction at the hands of humans. Our planet’s ecological balance has been severely compromised. Phenomena such as global warming and the deterioration of the ozone layer has effected the health of the planet. Oil spills in the Amazon in Ecuador by Chevron, or by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico or many other disasters caused by corporations and their greed of money and total disdain for our environment.

javier rocabado, nature for sale, painting, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

I employ visual language to address these issues with the goal of awakening interest and inspiring viewers to action.” Javier Rocabado

javier rocabado, nature for sale, painting, nature, the citrus report, upper playground

All images via the artist.

DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC MURAL BY JESUS BENITEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

During July 17th through the 26th, 2015 artists from around the world participated in Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans, a project by ocean conservationists PangeaSeed.  The festival, held in Cozumel, Mexico this year, saw 35 large scale murals painted around the island city to help bring awareness to the need to save our oceans and the wildlife that inhabits them.

jesus benitez, dhear, sea walls, cozumel, mural, sea, nature, oil, the citrus report, upper playground

In addition to the realization of the murals, the artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves into and experience the various marine ecosystems of Cozumel Island, and learn from local experts about environmental challenges they are facing.

jesus benitez, dhear, sea walls, cozumel, mural, sea, nature, oil, the citrus report, upper playground

Mexican artist Jesús “Dhear” Benítez finished mural addressing drilling for oil in the Arctic, which is a dangerous, high-risk enterprise that could have a catastrophic impact on one of the most pristine, unique and beautiful landscapes on earth.

jesus benitez, dhear, sea walls, cozumel, mural, sea, nature, oil, the citrus report, upper playground

Via the Sea Walls project, the artist aims to beautify communities and inspire individuals to become proactive stewards for their natural resource.

jesus benitez, dhear, sea walls, cozumel, mural, sea, nature, oil, the citrus report, upper playground