TRADITIONAL POP ART BY JACKY TSAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jacky Tsai is a Chinese pop artist, creating peculiar pieces with an inventive approach to traditional materials and craftsmanship. Tsai works to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes. His original style, featuring of references to western pop art in combination with eastern artistry re-imagines the concept of beauty to be appreciated by viewer of all different cultural heritages. Tsai works across various fields including installations, sculpture, and fashion.

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NEW WORK BY BROKEN FINGAZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Broken Fingaz (previously featured here) is Israel’s best known graffiti crew. The four Haifa residents – known by their art names Tant, Deso, Kip and Unga – have spray-painted fresh and innovative pop-art murals in Europe, North America, and Asia. They focus on erotic, fashion, retro style from American comic-book covers, old-school skateboard graphics and tattoos.

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‘REASSEMBLE’ BY BRIAN DONNELLY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Brian Donnelly (previously featured here) is a pop artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs. Donnelly expands upon previous work to explore portraiture as a record of loss as opposed to eternal likeness. Accordingly, each piece sees Donnelly painting figures with exquisite technique before taking a figurative hammer, blow torch, rope or rake to the canvas.

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Currently on view at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland, Oregon is Donnelly’s fantastic new solo exhibition, “Reassemble.”

REINVENTED POP ART BY GARY TAXALI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada.  Taxali graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). His retro stylized art is reminiscent of the 1930s and best described as “reinvented pop art” and rooted from an award winning illustration background. His art has a low brow/high brow appeal.

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WICKED ILLUSTRATIONS BY CUTE BRUTE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based illustrator Cute Brute‘s images (previously featured here) are pure insane-pop-art-genius with each piece telling at least a thousand stories. Cute Brute’s sense of humor is wickedly on-point, as the illustrator’s style is cartoonish yet polished and so acutely observed, the images always remain on the right side of smutty. The quirky and clever work of Cute Brute appears solely on Instagram.

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THE WORK OF KEIICHI TANAAMI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop art. “Most of my expressions are based on my actual experiences,” he has said. “The countless amount of stimulative experiences, happenings and encounters…they become the keywords of my expressions.”

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Best known for his cartoonish and colorful paintings that blend dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography, Tanaami has also worked in video, animation, as well as graphic design and commercial illustration, drawing profound influence from the work of Andy Warhol.

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SURREAL SITUATIONS BY EUGENIA LOLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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California based filmmaker and a digital collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop art, dada, and traditional surrealism.

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Loli was born in Athens, grew up in the Northwest of Greece near the city of Preveza, and lived for a while in a small village in the mountains. She then moved to Braunschweig, Germany, and subsequently Surrey, England, before moving to the California Bay Area. While growing up in Greece, she liked to draw a lot, but because of the lack of economic opportunities, she decided to cast aside her aspirations of becoming an artist and decided to go into the tech field. She studied computer programming, which in turn led to a life in blogging, animation, and eventually, filmmaking and digital collage.

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THE AMAZING COLLAGES OF ION BARLADEANU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Prague, Czech Republic based Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu spent most of his years in the 60’s living on the outskirts of society, depending on other men’s trash and surviving cold nights behind garbage bins. In his spare time, Ion would create amazing pieces that can be described as a mix of Pop art, Surrealism and Dadaism. The hermit-like artist had always kept his work under wraps for a number of reasons. Firstly, he had no one in particular to show it to, and secondly, its often biting political nature meant that while the communist regime held sway in Romania, it had to remain clandestine.

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Today we can all enjoy his pieces. Barladeanu sees his works as miniature movies, the act of assembling clipped-out artwork on hand-painted backgrounds akin to the roles of screenwriter and director. While many of his works are infused with comedy or light-hearted satire, others are the stuff of subversive film noir.

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BIZARRE FANTASY WORLD BY TOM EGLINGTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tom Eglington is a self-taught artist and writer. He has developed an illustration style that combines elements of vintage Japanese prints, 70s sci-fi, outsider art, comics and collage. From William Burroughs to Jack Kirby via Henry Darger, his work channels a bizarre fantasy world of occult symbols, lowbrow pop art and hallucinatory visuals.

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HETEROGENEOUS COMPOSITIONS BY DAVID HUMPHREY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based painter David Humphrey works on paper and sculptures defy categorization. He emerged as an artist in the late 1970s along with Postmodernism, an approach that continues to inform his heterogeneous compositions, visual pastiches that, in his words, “erase the breaks” between divergent styles.

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In his paintings, this grammar includes gestural abstraction, cartoonish figuration, Pop Art, Surrealism, and Expressionism. His vibrant compositions feature human figures, narrative vignettes, animals, and objects interwoven into abstract passages.

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