MYSTERIOUS CHILDREN BY PRUCH SINTUNAVA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bangkok, Thailand based Pruch Sintunava (previously featured here) is an emerging artist working on digital medium. He is inspired by Japanese anime and pop surrealism art movement. His work usually features lonely children with melancholy expression and a dark mysterious atmosphere.

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Throughout his painting, Pruch aims to portray the absurd nature of the modern world within his own perspective. Where he gets only more questions in his journey, instead of the answer he searches for. Pruch’s digital paintings draw your attention for its beauty and detailed animation. As you look deeper, you start to see the complexity and hidden meaning within each piece, and it stirs something inside you.

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POP SURREALISM BY MARK RYDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, “Pop Surrealism”, dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden’s aesthetic is developed from subtle amalgams of many sources, from Ingres, David and other French classicists to Little Golden Books. Ryden also draws his inspiration from anything that will evoke mystery: old toys, anatomical models, stuffed animals, skeletons and religious ephemera found in flea markets.

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Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul.

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The Work of Romanian Artist, Saddo

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Check out the work of Romanian illustrator and muralist Saddo, founder of the first Romanian street art collective, The Playground. Saddo, who lists his past influences as horror movie posters, comics and street art, has recently started working with more elaborate shapes in his art. The artist’s current inspirations include naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion and mythology.

Saddo’s work has exhibited in galleries all over the world, including Vienna, Bucharest, Berlin, Stockholm, Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Salvador.

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Robert Williams’ “Mr Bitchin” documentary world premiere last Wednesday

We have been hearing that the Robert Williams documentary “Mr. Bitchin,” that premiered at LACMA on Wednesday, is badass. Robert being the godfather of lowbrow and the founder of Juxtapoz, he has earned the status. He is even compared to the Beatles in the film, so you know what that means… impact has been large and in charge.

Go to Juxtapoz, Win Pair of Tickets to World Premiere of Robert Williams Documentary “Mr Bitchin’”

Robert Williams is a living-legend. He is the Godfather of Lowbrow, founded Juxtapoz Magazine, and has influenced an entire generation of artists with his groundbreaking art. He defines a generation. And, he is the topic of a new documentary, Mr. Bitchin, and Juxtapoz is giving away two tickets to the premiere of the film in Los Angeles at LACMA for a screening this Wednesday, June 16th at 7pm. Go here to try and win.