‘NEON FAUVES’ BY MEAGAN BOYD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Meagan Boyd aka Yin Shadowz lives and works in Los Angeles. Through her art, she explores the transcendental realm between dreams and waking life in the context of myth and magic. The work often depicts Utopian environments filled with modern day nymphs, spiritual deities, holy beings, and party monsters, relishing the interconnectivity between all animals, humans, and nature. Incorporating an explosive color palate and intricate line-work, her “freakishly folkish” aesthetic fuses nostalgia with an enigmatic urban glow. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Boyd is the art director and co-founder of the Applied Mythology Project, an organization that seeks to understand the relationship between creativity and esoteric practices in modern society.

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She is launching her ‘Neon Fauves’ solo exhibition at LA’s burgeoning Chinatown-based gallery Leiminspace on Saturday, August 12th. Comprised of acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas and paper, the exhibition serves as the latest iteration of the artist’s bold investigations into spirituality, religious symbolism, and the Occult. Boyd’s floating deities, known as “fauves” serve as mystical centerpieces within each work, elegantly draped in flora and fauna against a flat vacuous backdrop. While grounded in present day, she re-imagines our universe as a vivid supernatural playground, seamlessly incorporating primitive art traditions with postmodern sensibilities.

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NATIVE TALES BY SPAIK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spaik is a Mexican street artist who creates colorful works mainly in Mexico but also in other countries of South America. Spaik uses traditional local themes in most of his paintings as wells as mythical references from native tales. He earned a Bachelor Title in Film Studies at the Mexican Institute of Cinematographic and Humanistic Research (IMICH) in the city of Morelia, Michoacan in Mexico.

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CARTOONISH SCENES BY NICOLAS BARROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicolas Barrome grew up in the Basque country and made his debut at the School of Applied Arts in Bordeaux, before embarking in the illustration and create with his friends the Jeanspezial collective. First to paint the walls with friends, his images are evolving rapidly following the discovery of new techniques, including etching, which will have a real impact on the way of producing images. Barrome’s wild, cartoonish scenes play with texture and expectation. Each piece tethered by his rendering of cutesy characters and objects alongside darker elements.

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A WORLD OF ALIENATION BY ALEX GROSS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alex Gross (previously featured here) is a visual artist currently working in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in oil paintings on canvas whose themes include globalization, commerce, great beauty, dark mayhem, and the remorseless passage of time.

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Gross is a master at cutting straight through the lines of code and the technology they’ve created, to reveal the concerning repercussions of our immersion in a world which fosters alienation, dislocation and distance. The apparent pessimism emanating from Gross’ paintbrush is undoubtedly justified and through his art he provides a meeting point where we can all unplug, reconnect with one another and greet tomorrow with fresh perspectives.

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DYNAMIC COLORS BY REVOK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist Revok (previously featured here) first became interested in art through his father’s collection of 60s and 70s album covers and comic books, as well as the skateboarding and graffiti scenes. For over two decades, Revok has continually pushed the boundaries—both creative and legislative—of street art, producing vibrant works that meld structured with dynamic colors and forms. After years of a decidedly anti-institutional practice, Revok began making studio work, finding inspiration in his ability to refine the techniques he mastered as a street artist. His ultimate goal is to be constantly maturing and evolving as an artist, never confined by any one way of making work.

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THE UNEXPECTED BY SANTIAGO LARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gijon and Madrid based Santiago Lara plays with the known and the unexpected. The Spanish artist uses an imaginary yet accurate language to depict an art standing in-between a dreamy and real land experimenting with art as a communication tool. Lara obtained his art degree and Master Investigación en Arte y Creación at the University Complutense of Fine Arts in Madrid. He combines his individual work as a painter with audiovisual experimentation within the Laramascoto collaborative.

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ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES BY DEVIN TROY STROTHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Devin Troy Strother is known for his intricate alternative narratives in a variety of mediums such as mixed-media, sculpture, neon, and installation. He finds inspiration in snippets of overheard conversations, movies, television, music, stand-up comedy podcasts, and the work of numerous canonic artists such as Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and Henri Matisse. Strother likes to incorporate humor and language relevant to his peers and does not shy from the outrageous; his titles often serving as the punch line.

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SPONTANEOUS PIECES BY ANTWAN HORFEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based Antwan Horfee explores various creative methods of spontaneity and experimentation that have made him internationally recognized for his eccentric and playful graffiti work in the streets of Europe and abroad through drawings, murals, paintings, and object making.

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Drawing influence from historical Avant-Garde art movements including the Cobra movement, the Gutai group, and Tachisme, Horfee’s paintings evoke a sense of physicality and action that compliment and relate to his work. His semi-abstract paintings are imbued with vibrant color, improvisational brush/spray techniques, and often depict distorted representational references inspired by his fascination with underground comics and zine cultures.

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TALISMANIC ANIMALS BY ERICH J MOFFITT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seattle based artist Erich J. Moffitt paints fables, told with totemic animals, archetypes and talismanic objects. Moffitt is an internationally exhibited painter and illustrator, born in 1982, in the United States. His work often re-imagines classical themes from legend and myth via contemporary subject matter, frequently in a narrative style. His paintings are fables, featuring totemic animal archetypes and talismanic objects.

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PROVOKING PAINTINGS BY TILL RABUS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Till Rabus was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He now lives and works in Neuchâtel. Rabus has a keen eye for arranging inanimate objects in provoking ways. The artist combines these skills in his strange still lifes, where ordinary, discarded objects are found in mysterious compositions that play with symmetry and saturated colors. Rabus eradicates any signs of human presence in his paintings, as if these objects ended up in these orderly arrangements out of their own free will.

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