Norway based artist Lars Elling was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Elling’s works have been purchased by the Norwegian National Gallery, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, the EU Commission, and Arts Council Norway, and appear in many private collections in Norway and abroad.
Elling’s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language. He incorporates references to film and photography into his works, letting them impact on the abstract grammar of the paintings. In this way the fleeting photographic image is interpreted through the inert state of the painted image. A subtle interplay of figurative and abstract elements arises in the alternately clearly focussed and indistinct areas of the picture. Nostalgia is often present too, intimated in references to private photo albums, opening for us an enigmatic corridor into a dreamscape of memories.
Alejandrina Herrera (previously featured here) is an artist from Mexico. In her drawings and mixed media pieces she tells stories about people and animals in an ironic and melancholic way and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.
Andrew Fairclough is a Sydney based Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. After completing a Business Degree, Andrew moved on to designing skate and snowboard graphics in between self-instruction and full time work in a design agency.
Andrew’s work is inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print. Often working with a restricted color palette Andrew’s work seeks to hint at the nostalgia and tactility of found art, whilst also creating something completely new.
Allan Innman is a painter from Oxford, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 with a BFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. From 2007-2012 he worked as Visual Resources Specialist in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi.
Allan recently completed the MFA program at The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in Drawing and Painting. His current work is based around make-believe and fantasy through the depiction of toys and figurines.
Yoko Honda‘s use of vibrant neon colors and the swirly, zig-zagged and geometrical designs that defined the decade completely bring you into the 80s. Through a combination of digital painting and print, she constructs scenes of resplendent kitsch, made up of palm trees, motels, neon signs and swimming pools, all inter-dispersed with structured lines, tiles or interior architecture.
California, based Hawaian artist Edwin Ushiro attended the Art Center College of Design and attained a BFA in Illustration. Since then, Ushiro has been working in the amazing world of entertainment as a Production Designer, Visual Consultant, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Concept Designer.
Ushiro’s childhood memories come to life in his paintings — haunting images of friends, family pets, and ghostly specters on the Hawaiian islands where he was born and raised. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own.
Danielle Krysa is a Vancouver based artist with a BFA from the University of Victoria in Visual Arts with a focus on painting, printmaking, and art history. After a summer backpacking through Europe, she attended Sheridan College in Ontario and received a post-grad diploma in Interactive Design. She has worked as a designer in Toronto, and as a Creative Director in Vancouver in the world of advertising & branding.
Mississippi-based artist Glennray Tutor is an American painter who is known for his photorealistic paintings. He is considered to be part of the Photorealism art movement. His paintings are immersed with bright colors, nostalgic items, metaphor, and with a complete focus on detail. Tutor says the interplay between flat and round dimensions is a big part of his work.
His masterful oil paintings depict transparent rainbow colored marbles which rest upon light dappled comic book pages. Tutor’s photo-realist paintings draw the viewer in with their lifelike yet mystical qualities, capturing a moment seemingly insignificant, yet totally familiar.
Fred Stonehouse was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, WI. He received his BFA from UW Milwaukee in 1982. He had his first solo show in Chicago in 1983 and shows regularly in New York at Howard Scott Gallery and in Los Angeles with Koplin/DelRio. He has exhibited in Mexico, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin.
Stonehouse is a major figure in Wisconsin art and nationally recognized for his beautifully executed artwork and witty sense of rebellion. His style has a sophistication that reflects his diverse, cross-cultural interests, and outsider and folk art influences. His paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with the artist’s own delicate balance of humor, beauty and derangement.
Nicole Rifkin is a Brooklyn based illustrator and co-founder of Ipsum Magazine. Rifkin’s illustrations are a wonderful homage to yesteryear, like high school scenes from American films, of being a teenager, a student, a time that was full of adventure, love and freedom, when nothing mattered and life was lived in the present.
Her aesthetic is rooted in nostalgia precisely for this reason, it holds a commonality, it is a place we all revisit, we all share. The memories that shape us, keep us alive as we get older and forget, as time catches up with us, oppresses us as we struggle to keep up with the chores, duties and necessities of ordinary life. These illustrations are wonderfully rendered, expressive, full of humanity and emotion.