ORGANIC GEOMETRICS BY JOSH SPERLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josh Sperling was born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York is a young contemporary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Sperling’s works on canvas waver between wall sculptures and paintings. Building layered plywood structures by hand, the artist stretches canvas over these forms to create a subtle relief.

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The structures range from angular and geometric to organic reminiscent of fibers and cells. Light and shadow interact with the facets of the pieces, creating an enhanced illusion of depth. Adding to this, Sperling uses bold, monochromatic hues that play with bright contrast and unexpected color combinations that appeal and delight the visual senses. 

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SURREAL PLACES BY SHARONA ELIASSAF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharona Eliassaf is an American/Israeli artist who has been splitting her time between Tel Aviv and New York City since childhood. As a result her art is deeply affect by the changeable notion of place, the surreal and the sublime. She holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jersualem, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

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WIGGLY ILLUSTRATIONS BY JACC SHUTTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Geneva, New York based Jacc Shutter is an aspiring independent artist that has been drawing since he was 2 years old. Jacc mostly uses brush tip prismacolor markers for his pieces and sometimes acrylic paint. He draws most of his inspiration from artists such as Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, and M.C. Escher but also from music by artists like David Bowie or Arctic Monkeys.

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IMPERMANENCE BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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TRANSITORY CINEMATIC MOMENTS BY JIM GAYLORD

by Ariadna Zierold

jim gaylord, abstract, painting, stills, cinema, cinematic, movies, figuration, new york, brooklyn, upper playground

New York City based artist Jim Gaylord‘s abstract works are often based on imagery from contemporary film and television. Combining stills from transitory cinematic moments, he transposes them to extract new compositions, which are then used as the bases for paintings and gouache on paper collages. Gaylord’s work combines meticulous figuration with obscure forms that are familiar but unrecognizable.

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SUPER COOL ANIMATIONS BY BENJY BROOKE

by Ariadna Zierold

benjy brooke, animation, illustration, new york, colorful, characters, upper playground

New York based Benjy Brooke is a multi-faceted artist who is constantly creating. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in fine arts he directs, animates, and illustrates. His work is graphic, colorful, fun and draws inspiration from such varied places as 1950s Cadillac concept cars, Moebius & Jodorowsky’s The Incal, The Neverhood, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, and the entire indie comics scene.

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THE MAGIC OF THE MUNDANE BY KIM SALT

by Ariadna Zierold

kim salt, illustrator, new york, mundane, nature, drawings, upper playground

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.

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FANTASTIC CREATURES BY KEVIN HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime, manga, comics, JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. With his work, Hong leads us into a magical world populated with fantastic creatures and haunting spirits, sometime reminding the poetic universe of Hayao Miyazaki.

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TOMER HANUKA’S TROPICAL TOXIC

by Ariadna Zierold

tomer hanuka, tropical toxic, illustration, comic, new york, upper playground

New York-based Tomer Hanuka‘s art is incredible, influencing a whole generation of artists with his beautiful line work and distinctive color scheme. It’s in a dreamlike, almost poetic style that this Israeli-born illustrator found his passion for drawing through comic books: drawing with his twin brother on a Persian carpet. His fantastic ability to apply his comic-inspired style has enabled his work to reach all kinds of audiences.

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MYTHICAL PASTELS BY JUN CEN

by Ariadna Zierold

jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground

New York based Jun Cen is an illustrator, animator and designer. Cen received a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, later, he moved to Baltimore where he completed his MFA degree in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Cen’s illustrations, digital and traditional, are always sensitively drafted. He uses harmonious tones and subtle touches of texture to give a feeling of calmness and quietness, making much of his work close to hypnotic. Jun interprets the world in his own way, giving lightness and delicacy to heavy sumo wrestlers and Grecian fighters.

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