WHIMSICAL CREATURES BY ROMAN KLONEK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Düsseldorf, Germany based Roman Klonek (previously featured here) was born in Kattowitz, Poland. He has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles. In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Duesseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut.

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For 15 years he has been doing posters with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human, preferential in awkward situations. In his work, you will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.
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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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AMERICAN CULTURE BY JIM SHAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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The practice of Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw spans a wide range of both artistic media and visual imagery. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the detritus of American culture, finding inspiration for his artworks in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, thrift store paintings and advertisements.

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Providing a blend of the personal, the commonplace and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends, family members, world events, pop culture and alternate realities. Often unfolding in long-term, narrative cycles, the works contains systems of cross-references and repetitions, which rework similar symbols and motifs, allowing a story-like thread to be perceived.

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THE AMAZING WORK OF JOHN ALVIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Henry Alvin (November 24, 1948 – February 6, 2008) was one of the most celebrated contemporary American cinematic artists. He illustrated multitude of film posters for American cinema. He is credited for designing posters and key art for over 135 films, beginning with the poster for Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974).. Alvin’s trademark style came to known as Alvinesque by his associates and friends.

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Sunday newspapers held attraction for young Alvin as it featured movie advertisements which led to his growing interest in movie poster creation. In 1971, he earned his graduate degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and soon after took up a job as a freelance artist.

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Alvin’s work included the movie posters for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. He also created the anniversary posters for Star Wars.

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EVOCATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS BY BARRY BLANKENSHIP

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barry Blankenship is dragging the art of the comedy show poster into this century. He is a self taught screen printer trying to live his dream job of telling cool stories through design and illustration. Blankenship makes posters that are a legitimate visual enticement, an aesthetically appealing advertisement that doubles as a comedy nerd collector’s item.

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Besides his posters he has a series of personal illustrations. What’s compelling about Blankenship’s work is that he doesn’t go for funny ha-ha, but instead reaches for something genuinely evocative.

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ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURES BY TIMO LENZEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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German graphic designer Timo Lenzen makes posters and cover design with a personal language that mixes references from different epochs and styles. His simple and direct 3D drawings play with pure forms or simple architectural references transforming them into visual presences with a surreal touch.

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With his subtle designs, that are always on point, Timo creates sometimes abstract, sometimes disturbing and always visually stimulating moods. In both his applied as well as his purely Graphic Arts you’ll be absorbed by the worlds he creates.

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PANELS BY SHARMILA BANERJEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharmila Banerjee, born in Rheydt, Germany, is an illustrator, designer and comic artist. After graduating with an MFA in illustration and graphic design from Konstfack, she began focusing on visual storytelling in drawings and comics.

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She published her first comic zine Poor Pinki in 2008, followed by the album Lepidopterin 2010 and several short stories in international anthologies. Her autobiographical comic series Girlie is regularly published in Missy Magazine. You’ll also find her work exhibited in galeries across Europe and the USA.

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