Detroit based Joey Salamon is an American artist / designer who is recognized for his vibrant, neon highly detailed illustration. Joey’s handcrafted images regurgitate blended influences from grunge, psychedelia, politics and history communicating his eccentric vision of the world.
Known for his detail-oriented, eye-popping and colorful psychedelic work, Salamon credits many themes as inspirations for his creations such as; botanical illustration, ancient cultures/civilizations, cityscapes, outer space, the use of repetition, the 60s counterculture/90s grunge movement, contemporary fashion and street art.
Morgan Blair grew up in rural Massachusetts, graduated from RISD in 2008, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her recent work explores the balance of control and freedom in her process, manifested in a mashing up of low contrast flesh tones with wild, neon color schemes; hard edges with fuzzed out airbrush gradients; smooth, flat shapes with brush marks and rough, sandy textures; and wonky, irregular forms with geometric curves and angles.
The resulting optical abstractions play on the absurd in pop culture, current events, the mall, the internet, common street trash, consumerism, and personal experience.
Matt Crabe creates psychedelic sexual swamp creatures and he isn’t afraid to torment you with them. The horrifically erotic and terrifying illustration works of ‘Heaven’s Favorite Man’ are so visually appealing and appalling that one can’t just look away. Check them out.
Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.
San Diego-based Kelsey Brookes has shifted his focus to explosive, kaleidoscopic paintings that fuse his fascinations with microbiomes, Buddhist philosophy, exotic plant life, and human desire. His meticulous compositions include bright colors and repetitive patterns resembling abstract mandalas, psychedelic tessellations, and energetic fields.
“The brain and its product, the mind, are a fascinating subject; I question existence, both philosophically and scientifically, and because of my background, a good place to start my interrogation of life is through the material science of the brain.” Kelsey Brookes
Brookes masterfully melds a deep knowledge of cognitive science and art to create bright, intensely detailed paintings that abstract drug compounds, molecules, atoms and hallucinogenic states to heighten a viewer’s sensory perceptions and reactions. His two main bodies of work — molecules and aesthetic abstractions — are created with a rigorous process of attentiveness. A process of focusing awareness on the paint that is lost from the brush as it is applied to the surface of the canvas, then refocusing attention as the mind wanders away; which provides visual evidence of both an artistic process and meditation in practice.
Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work and bizarre and antagonistic installations, while maintaing a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos.
Wakama Yamazaki is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Her style of illustrations and drawings are rough and different. The color, psychedelic vibes, humor and the occasional nod to Japanese heritage is greatly influenced by artworks from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the animation work of Heinz Edelman for Yellow Submarine, the psychedelic poster works drawn by Victor Moscoso and underground, independent comic titles. She tends to illustrate in this way more than the traditions of Japan and the Far East.
Russian illustrator Andrey Kasay aka Flakonkishochki createsis perfectly bizarre, psychedelic and particularly surreal work. Swimming pools pour out of kitchen cabinets, killer whales flop on countertops, and figures climb through scenes where clouds turn into snow drifts.
He is a big fan of dogs. He selected the best representatives of this species to aid in the creation of his artworks. These works are filled with true stories from the life of urban crackpots and tell us about the eternal. The artworks were approved by the Ministry of Mental Health of Russia and recommended for children under school age.
American artist Jaime Brett Treadwell was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Cortland, and earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His paintings combine classical Greek sculptures dispersed throughout spring break pool parties; or, his most recent works of geometric forms, discreetly suggest a high/low reference by mixingstreet art with Op Art.
Treadwell often uses vivid, synthetic colors to masquerade or obscure the realities within his paintings. His use of color helps to establish a world of fantasy and fiction, to enable viewers to enter a meditative state, escaping from reality and living in a new strange place.
Chinese artist Shang Chengxiang’s compositions have a realistic foundation in which he inserts surreal, thick colored clouds, leaving you to interpret the limit among consciousness and unconsciousness. Dream plays a crucial role in his works. Psychedelic colors, absurd settings, lunar landscapes, his paintings are overflowing by imagination.
His paintings are often a mixture of memories of his dreams and pondering of his reality and things that are in between. The colorful cloud smoke in his “Cloud Path” series derive from the rainbow-color forest that once appeared in his dream; many drafts and attempts later, the artist couldn’t recreate the scene, the illusionary quality of dreams started to sink into Chengxiang’s mind.
Combining colors with clouds in his paintings, together with surreal and dream like images, Shang Chengxiang leads his audiences to a world of unexpected. He compares this illusionary quality of dreams to the evaporating quality of cloud and smoke, both temporary and unobtainable.