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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QUIRKY SKELETON ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT GORDON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Denton, Texas based artist Matt Gordon was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Denton, Texas. He graduated with BFA in Graphic Design from Texas State University — San Marcos and with MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Check out his quirky skeleton series.

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FLAVORFUL ANATOMIES BY CHARLIE IMMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Charlie Immer is an American fine artist and illustrator. He was born in 1983 and lives in Maryland with a collection of skeletons and candy. Drawing inspiration from horror films, cartoons, nature, candy, and video games, Charlie enjoys dissecting his subjects which creates a contrast between colorful simple characters and the complex beauty of the anatomy within them.

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My concepts come from my fascination with anatomy and my love of candy and toys. I have so much fun creating the blood and bones of my characters. The contrast of the smooth bodies and the complex systems beneath spilling out is very appealing to me. As I’m painting I also try to assign flavors to my characters like blueberry and green apple.” – Charlie Immer

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Biological Introspection | LEXI AMES

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames.

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

 

SCIENTIFIC PAINTINGS BY MICHAEL REEDY

by Ariadna Zierold

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A master draughtsman, Michael Reedy shows his versatility as an artist in his mixed media artworks.

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Elements of photorealistic anatomy drawings are blended with pop surrealist fare, combining anatomically-precise figures with strange, bug-eyed monsters, Classicist cherubs or geometric designs arranged in the background. Reedy uses his penchant for photorealism to create bizarre and sometimes haunting juxtapositions; we see characters with their internal organs and bones exposed, adding an element of vulnerability to his work.

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New Style by Aryz in Spain and Morocco: Sketching BIG

Some New walls recently completed by Spanish artist ARYZ while visiting Basque Country, Spain in Bilbao and in Casablanca, Morocco.  Check out his latest mural style focused on representing his recent sketches in large scale.

Bilbao, Spain: “El fin justificado”

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“I always thought that the most difficult thing of painting in big formats was too keep the line gesture and the proportions like in the sketches. My sketches have a lot of mistakes and random lines, and somehow I wanted to reproduce that on a wall. The more effects and colors you use on your work, the more you can hide the mistakes and catch the viewer’s attention… when you use the line and not much more, the mistakes can be easily seen…” -Aryz

Casablanca, Morocco:

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Massive T-REX mural by ROA in Sweden

Massive mural by ROA, who recently painted a large-scale factory building in Bromölla, Sweden.  An upside down skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus was the subject of the wall and our contributing photographer Henrik Haven covered its work in progress:
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The mural was made possible by the Ifö Center (who organized the mural) and their Artist-in-Residence program that ROA participated in.

Info about Ifo Center and their Artist-in-Residence program
Ifo Center is a new culture center still in its development stage. The initiative was taken in 2011 by artist couple Teresa Holmberg and Jonathan Haner. The goal is to open up the factory area for both culture and tourism. The project encompasses over 4,200 square meters of the unoccupied floors of the factory. Here we are creating collective work areas for professional artists, exhibition spaces, as well as areas for workshops. Simultaneously, we have already begun holding workshops, guided tours and have just completed our first Artist-in-Residence program with ROA being the first international artist to leave his mark on the factory walls. Ifo Center is located in the center of Bromolla, situated in north-east Scandia. The village is known for its large ceramic industry, prehistoric fossil-finds and for the world’s largest ceramic fountain (Gunnar Nylund’s ‘Scanisaurus’). Ifo Center is financed via an EU grant and is owned by Bromolla County.

Second mural by NYCHOS going up in San Francisco today

First peek at our work in progress photos of Nychos the Weird of the Rabbit Eye Movement working on his second mural in San Francisco this month.  Made possible by the support of Montana cans  and Steve Johnson of Underground SF for Fifty24SF Gallery. Photos by Merlin Jackson and Upper Playground.

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