MULTICOLORED AND PSYCHEDELIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CAHILL WESSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cahill Wessel is an artist working out of San Francisco and has a vision of the world that we cannot all develop –at least not in all 5 senses. His work is based on his own experiences of life and the world, resulting in multicolored and psychedelic illustrations.

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He works in a variety of styles and mediums, mainly with colored pencil, which is a very labor-intensive medium. Ideas for pencil drawings pop into his head at the most unexpected moments, so he writes notes in his phone while out and about. Then he draws up small sketches of the ideas that he thinks aren’t stupid, select the arrangements that inspire him the most, and translate the sketch into a larger piece. He lightly maps out the imagery in graphite, and then begins the process of building up layers upon layers of colored pencil.

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POLITICAL ICONOGRAPHY BY ANDREW SCHOULTZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Andrew Schoultz has a pictorial approach to social and political commentary. Through his paintings, drawings, murals, and installations, Schoultz uses symbols and iconography to illustrate the weightier issues of contemporary life in America. Although Schoultz exhibits in galleries and museums, he often works in large-scale installations and public murals with the intention of making his work available to the general public.

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In densely layered, chaotic, narrative imagery, Schoultz explores environmental crises like oil spills and natural disasters, political issues such as war and corruption, and the economics of globalization and capitalism.

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THE FRENZY NATURE OF MICHAEL PAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Michael Page’s work (previously featured here) offers the viewer an optic alternative to the visual reality of life, as we know it. Page introduces narratives of strange, phantasmagoric and frenzy nature. Intense and rich color pallet additionally provides a sense of vivid hallucination or hazy sensation from the depth of unconsciousness.

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Regardless of the technique or the approach, it is the narrative which pops up and offers a full insight into his work. The different reality of his is inhibited with unusual creatures or entities. It seems as if these are manifestations, perhaps, of human delusions or just a specter of dreamscapes and alterations fulfilled with dynamic movement.

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ROBOTS AND DONUTS BY ERIC JOYNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Joyner (previously featured here) is a San Francisco Bay Area painter known for his Robots & Donuts artist series. His love for comics, drawing and painting shows in his artwork.

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Eric has filled his imagery with epic tales featuring an ongoing synergy between robots and donuts. Utilizing his natural painterly technique, Joyner injects a lively dynamism into the inanimate toys and confectionery that serve as his muses. Through astute observation of the human species and our whole gamut of emotions and behaviors, Eric captures the essence of what it means to be human and reflects it back at us through his engaging menagerie of colorful characters.

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MISANTHROPE BY RICHARD COLMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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In San Francisco based Richard Colman’s (previously featured here) vividly colorful canvases, he vacillates freely between figuration and abstraction, at times focusing on pattern to such a degree that it overwhelms any recognizable components in his painting; other times he privileges figures and narratives. Also producing sculpture and installation works, Colman incorporates a variety of media, including pencils, paper, wood, porcelain, plaster, glue, nails, and tape—typically using vibrant colors.

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His new solo exhibition Misanthrope will be open April 1 – May 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The title of the exhibition is a reference to Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s infamous painting The Misanthrope from 1568.

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THE WORK OF AKIRA BEARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Akira Beard is an artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. When not creating in the studio, his professional time is spent between exhibiting artwork and teaching painting/drawing. He is a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Fine Art Anatomy and Fashion Illustration. Akira has shown at a variety of venues, mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, including pop-up shows at the Academy of Science, live painting at the West Inn’s New Year Gala and other similar forms of contemporary exhibition.

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SANDRA YAGI EXPLORES THE HUMAN PSYCHE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Sandra Yagi, whose art examines the human psyche,  is influenced by nature and science, all done with classical aesthetics.

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Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for Yagi’s subject matter. Her work is inspired by the natural sciences as well as by the classical drawing techniques of the old masters, including anatomical studies by artists such as Andreas Vesalius and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. Yagi’s recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition, such as cutaway skulls portraying our basic human drives and the thin veneer of humanity overlaying our animal nature.

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KINDERCORE BY MICHELLE GUINTU

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist, Michelle Guintu plays with a little of everything. From sewing cigarettes together to McDonalds-inspired paper mache dolls, to her most recent tempera paintings of hip hop artists and other nostalgic characters from her youth, Guintu’s work is all tied together by its reference to her teenage years. Guintu’s work was once described as “kindercore”: part kindergarten part hardcore. Her work embraces the past with light-hearted reverence.

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Calling on our past with characters in The Wonder Years, Roseanne and TLC, Michelle plays to our hearts and then paints them in bold strokes of neon pink. Her minimalist line work exposing the familiar contours of pop culture celebrities is definitely something to applaud, alongside her brilliantly saturated palette.

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WIGGLY FORMS BY NIV BAVARSKY

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist Niv Bavarsky‘s marks and lines are full of energy. His personal work is where wiggly clustered forms can take over entire compositions, while his illustrations stay more visually focused on the primary subject. His creative output includes editorial illustration, album covers, posters, comics, clothing graphics & patterns, collaborative drawing & painting, and music.

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