Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.
Nico Sara is based in the city of Rafaela, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. His work blends the handmade past and machine-made future. These glazed and enhanced objects morph into a fully automated era when fantastic objects can be instantly manufactured. Nico believes the manual process of meticulously painting them by hand brings a human dimension that transforms these artworks into the props of life.
“My work plays in the limit between craftsmanship and technology. The images I use are composed appealing to photography and computers, which are later rendered on the canvas painting them by hand with brushes, in an effort to rescue the craft work and at the same time showing that is possible to get close to the quality of something produced serially by technologic processes.” Nico Sara
Colombian illustrator Juan Osorno’s surreal astro-anatomical illustrations are not only an expression of the imagination but of the very experience of drawing. Faces that cave into landscapes and galaxies, anatomically precise studies of a hand that spill into a cascade of blood vein-like roots.
Osorno’s work is imbued with the scientific precision of botanical drawings and an almost mathematical examination of perspective and space within the two-dimensional paper palette. The combination of beautiful natural elements like geometric shapes, constellations and the human body make very interesting images, showing a deeper, more emotional, layer than the images you find in anatomical books.
Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.
These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.
Mauro C. Martinez‘ exquisite portraits rely on his own paint-heavy style. At its broadest point, his work addresses the condition of being alive in the 21st century. Using a wide range of seemingly disparate technical applications of paint, from the photorealistic and graphic to the abstract and painterly, he creates disjointed figures and decontextualized spaces for them to exist in. Mauro’s work explores themes of truth, identity, isolation, and our increasingly ambiguous relationship to the world around us.
Paris based artist Oda Jaune paints gelatinous fairies, pregnant men and amorphous bodies. Also, joyful beings, creatures in paradise and flying people emerge on her canvasses. Monstrosity and tenderness lie side by side in Oda Jaune’s paintings, just as they disturb and move those that view them.
Born in Sofia in 1979, the painter studied at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf and became a star pupil of Jörg Immendorff. She also became his wife. After her husband’s death she moved to Paris to pursue her work there. Her gallerist also represented Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Dutch artist Bert Simons makes incredibly lifelike sculptures of the people around him out of paper. His paper portraits share an uncanny resemblance, and as the technology has improved over the years, so has the quality of the Rotterdam-based artist’s works.
Each portrait first begins with outlining his subject in little black dots (a “dot per dot” reference method) that are then scanned into the open source cad program Bender to create a “map” of the face, to which he applies color and texture. Simons then prints a flat rendering that is like a little work of art in its own right, a mask that he painstakingly cuts and glues back together again into the pieces you see here.
Kamalky Laureano is an artist from Dominican Republic who currently resides in Mexico City.
His work is inspired by the feelings he experiences through out his life; he narrates the human condition, and portrays thoughts as well as ideas on large canvases. He creates stunningly realistic images using acrylics as his preferred medium.
Good friend of the Citrus Report, and former exhibiting artist at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Jason Jagel, has a nice write-up on the SFMoMA “Open Space” blog right now. We like this exchange:
Jägel describes himself as a “failed comic artist,” noting that his work has twin sources, the “syntax of the comics” and the ragbag of cues and devices learned from his father and the realistic painting he espoused. He’s an ace raconteur, and his own accounts of his practice are so different from the way I’ve imagined them I gape.