Jindřich Štyrský was a Czech Surrealist painter, poet, editor, photographer, and graphic artist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Arthur Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. Along with his artistic partner Toyen (Marie Čermínová), he became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. He and Toyen also exhibited in Paris in the late 1920s, where they founded their own movement, Artificialism.
Between 1928 and 1929 he was designer for the group’s drama wing, the Osvobozené divadlo, where he collaborated with Vítězslav Nezval and others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotická revue, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.
Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical, the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.
Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.
Erik Jones (previously featured here) received a bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2007. Out of college, working primarily in cover illustration, Erik toured the US, showing at different pop culture and art conventions. He gradually made his way to Brooklyn, New York, in 2009, where he now resides. Erik now focuses on painting primarly for, but not limited to, galleries.
Erik’s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.
Davor Gromilović is a young visual artist currently residing in Sombor, Serbia.
Although painting and drawing are the primary fields of his creative explorations, he also shows creative abilities and genuine commitment to other artistic forms, such as murals, illustrations, graphics, art fanzines and T-shirt design.
His work is narrative and often inspired by folk-art, fantastic motives of fairy tales, music, cultural heritage, as well as by his personal experiences and inner world. In his work one notices a dominant use of symbols, his inner world and complex reflections from which he develops his ideas and specific intimate aesthetics. Complex, but at the same time purified, strongly imaginative but well-thought-out works adorn this artist’s rich oeuvre.
Jamiyla Lowe is a Toronto based illustrative artist who concentrates on drawing and screen printing. Her series ‘A Whole New World’ centers around five fictionalized civilizations who each inhabit a nightmarish fantasy world. The inhabitants experience uncertainty, joy, lust, and indifference all while trying to ensure survival in their own distinctive environments.
Kathy Ager is a Canadian-born artist based in Amsterdam. It’s what flows beneath the surface that interests her. In Ager’s current body of work, she braves the mind’s basement, ventures into the heart’s deep dark woods, plundering pieces of people and things she encounters. The images that emerge are physical records from these intimate depths. Both deeply personal and universal, they are cryptic messages directed towards the audience. She challenges the viewer to face the discomfort and to see the beauty and power in letting yourself feel.
She describes subjects such as dead animals, which frequently appear in her paintings, as the intimate and tender offerings of our nature which are subjected to the subtle brutality of consumable, disposable modern life and love. Sometimes strikingly eery or underlyingly violent, her works are crafted in a way that is original and appealing to the eye, and in a way become her weapons against the pain of letting oneself be vulnerable.
Super Future Kid is an artist who doesn’t take things too seriously. There is little room for fine-art codswallop when the very best of East and West’s pop culture come colliding together like asteroids of web culture, 1980s cult cartoons and donuts.
Super Future Kid’s work is largely based on themes that strongly relate to certain ideas of childhood and youth, a time that still has a great influence on Kid’s personality and artistic identity. Kid is deeply fascinated with the perception and perspective on the world from the view of an adolescent mind, and particularly in related ideas of mystery and strangeness, games and playfulness.
Liu Xiaodong paints spontaneously from snapshots of friends, family, and everyday life, and is known for his strong brushwork, precise figuration, and rich colors. Early in his career, Liu emphasized scenery and traditional brushwork to create the most realistic realizations of his subjects possible; however, he eventually discarded this practice for cropped framing, unusual perspective, and the use of color to heighten emotion.
Sean Landers is an American conceptual artist, best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. Through the use of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, video and audio, regardless of the medium, Landers reveals the process of artistic creation through humor and confession, gravity and pathos. He blurs the lines between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, sincerity and insincerity, while presenting a portrait of the artist’s consciousness.