Seth Armstrong was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After studying painting in Northern Holland, he received a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Many years later, he left his home in Oakland and moved back to Los Angeles, where he now lives and works.
There’s a distinctively filmic feel to everything in his work. The depth in Seth’s work is not just in the rich tones and shading he uses but in the narrative, where we wonder how these different characters came to be in the same place together.
Budapest-based French painter Jonathan Ouisse creates beautiful line work pieces on canvas. His work ranges between dystopian and surreal scenes and detailed portraits, blending a straightforward subject with regional iconography and designs. Jonathan found his vocation at a very young age, when he was 5 years old, while flicking through a book of Caravaggio, he felt the impulse of drawing and has not stopped since.
In Ouisse’s oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, he pairs destruction and morbidity with a weird mix of animal and human interaction. None of the paintings offer overt meanings, yet all seem to exist within the same world, adorned in graffiti, living creatures, and chaos.
Gaurab Thakali is a freelance illustrator and printmaker based in London, graduated from Camberwell College of Arts. His work captures the vibrance of the New York bebop scene. He has drawn film stills, beach parties, and languid pool scenes, as well as bustling cities and disease-ridden suburbs.
Korean artist Paige Jiyoung Moon studied illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where she still lives and works.
It isn’t her style that is particularly naturalistic though, it is her subject matter. Her style is slightly exaggerated in perspective, as she often places viewers so that it feels as if we are hovering above the scene, looking down on it from afar.
We turn to the Vivian Girls and their 2008 debut album of the same name. This one just sort of burst out onto the scene in the quickest of ways: 21 mins and 10 songs. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t memorable, as it was full of fast pop hooks and burst of energy. It opens with “All the Time,” and closes with “I Believe in Nothing.” Enjoy.
Just got done reading an amazing Jimi Hendrix article that is on the Guardian’s Sunday edition. We don’t know about you, but we kind of forget about Jimi, how young he was, how amazing his musicianship was, how great of a trio the Experience were, how he came on to the scene like a powerhouse and suddenly just left the world. Jimi lived in London, so we see where the English and Londoners feel like Jimi was their own.
French artist YZ has really exploded on the scene in recent weeks. Her latest project as part of her ongoing series Open Your Eyes, explores the public and the private by literally placing subjects and their intimate belongings, into a public, outdoor setting which read like vignettes with photos and coinciding videos.
Jeff Soto (Juxtapoz #99 ) rips back on the scene after a highly successful past two years. Lifecycle, an exhibition of new works by the California based artist Jeff Soto, will include new paintings as well as a site-specific public mural in New York City.
“As we approach our 5 Year Anniversary this November, we’re continuing our ‘flashback’ series of posts,” writes Thinkspace gallery’s Andrew Hosner. These guys have introduced some serious game players to the scene. Take a look back.