John Mahoney is a seasoned professor at CalArts, USC, and Gnomon. He teaches figure drawing, sculpture, film design, storyboards, stop motion animation, and character design. Beside teaching at academic environments, John also taught creative training classes like sculptures and zBrush at many world top VFX and Game studios, such as ILM, Blizzard. Mahoney crafts strange, futuristic illustrations that are marked by absorbing detail and shifting perspectives.
John’s illustration work has been showcased in Spectrum, the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and in the book Erotic Signature, the World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today. The release of the book will mark the launching of the Exhibition Tour starting in Miami, then New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and London. John has had several gallery exhibitions around the Los Angeles area, including a one man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.
Bryce Wymer is a director, designer, visual artist, illustrator and musician, currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. Wymer develops, designs, and directs within a variety of platforms, ranging from live action and animation projects to interactive to experiential design. He also operates Flat Earth Studios, a visual arts space specialized in fine art narratives and image making. Check out some of his illustrations and sketches.
Priscilla Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. She paints worlds that appear to dwell in a strange gravity. Her work employs geometric forms and skewed perspective, as a stylistic constraint, which is sprinkled with the intuitive balancing of color, form, and texture that she internalized as a child.
French surrealist Guy Billout‘s universe of ironic illustrations has a tendency to magnify one’s anxieties, whilst offering humor and a look into a bizarro version of society.
Billout’s aesthetic style is clean and spare, sometimes incorporating some ironic element. His work is overall minimal, but the subject in each piece offers scenarios that makes you think of countless outcomes and possibilities.
Mary Iverson is an exquisite landscape painter with a razor-sharp contemporary edge. On the surface, we see activism, her collages and paintings warning us of a dystopic future existence. Mary’s prints and paintings resonate with data visualizations and information graphics, Modernist painting, and resurgences of photo-realistic and illustrative painting as well.
Iverson’s shipping containers can be seen as metonymic stand-ins for a whole system of distribution for objects that we deal with every day. They are like scientific conceptual “black-boxes” which are put into place to sidestep our actual material understanding. We might see these containers on a dock or train and have only a vague sense of what they may contain or how those materials might be used. This parallels directly with the distribution of data on the net. The analog and digital worlds of things echo each other.
Portland-based artist Adam Friedman‘s breathtaking landscape paintings seem to defy the rules of perspective, space and time. In a world where barren woodsy forests grow from tumultuous seas and tower towards clouds of snow-capped glaciers, almost anything seems possible.
Drawing his influence from a childhood in Lake Tahoe, and a strong interest in nature, Friedman distorts these themes with an almost mathematical ambiance – juxtaposing symbols of geometry with ethereal subject matter.
Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.
Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.
Florida-based Mernet Larsen is able to create disquieting and unfamiliar feelings surrounding the often commonplace situations she creates through geometry and skewed perspective. Larsen’s paintings are commonly infused with a humor and uncanny juxtaposition, making the works relatable and alien to the viewer at the same time. Her paintings are simultaneously rooted in and distant from reality. Taking inspiration from the geometric abstractions of El Lissitzky and the narrative stylization of 12th Century Japanese and early Renaissance paintings, Larsen’s vertiginous spaces often rendered in reverse perspective, and hard edged figures offer familiar version of reality that is analogous and parallel to our own.
“I try to evoke a sense of permanence, solidity, weight: time stopped, essences of ordinary events made tangible. As if I were leaving this life and had to take with me only a few very concrete images, filtered through wry detachment. Not ephemeral, but memory turned into object, monumentalized. However, I understand these paintings as makeshift contraptions, statements of recognition that essences-and memory-must be constructed, invented, not uncovered.” Mernet Larsen
Mayumi Otero (previously featured) was born from a Spanish father and Japanese mother. She is an artist, illustrator and editor passionate by printing techniques, and inspired by popular imagery and contemporary design. She is a co-founder of Editions Icinori (with Raphael Urwiller).
Otero works on images with perspectives that have a surreal and pleasant complex panorama, with great drawing and gracious composition.