Santiago, Chile based artist Ignacio Paredes aka BAREFOOTONSLUGS mixes analogue techniques with digital in his work that is mostly focused on collages. His art is inspired in his 12 year old self -a mixture of grotesque, morbid and spiritual thoughts- all compressed into his artwork.
Paredes is also influenced by shamanism, indigenous cultures, high spiritual states, nature, geography, the universe, punk and trash. He has edited 2 different zines in Argentina and Chile and has collaborated with surf and skate brands in South America.
Jindřich Štyrský was a Czech Surrealist painter, poet, editor, photographer, and graphic artist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Arthur Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. Along with his artistic partner Toyen (Marie Čermínová), he became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. He and Toyen also exhibited in Paris in the late 1920s, where they founded their own movement, Artificialism.
Between 1928 and 1929 he was designer for the group’s drama wing, the Osvobozené divadlo, where he collaborated with Vítězslav Nezval and others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotická revue, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.
Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical, the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.
Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.
Japanese artist Futaro Mitsuki uses a variety of tools such as pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper and panel. He was born in Tokyo in 1970 and in 1998 Graduated fromTokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He managed to combine traditional Japanese motifs with tattoo art, along with Victorian and Medieval ages elements.
Erik Jones (previously featured here) received a bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2007. Out of college, working primarily in cover illustration, Erik toured the US, showing at different pop culture and art conventions. He gradually made his way to Brooklyn, New York, in 2009, where he now resides. Erik now focuses on painting primarly for, but not limited to, galleries.
Erik’s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.
Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco. They are a husband and wife artistic duo living in San Francisco, CA. Cassandra has a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and Ernie is a self taught artist. Doubleparlour’s work includes solo and collaborative pieces in a variety of mediums and materials. They strive to produce well-crafted artwork with an emphasis on peculiar, humorous, and melacholy characters.
Davor Gromilović is a young visual artist currently residing in Sombor, Serbia.
Although painting and drawing are the primary fields of his creative explorations, he also shows creative abilities and genuine commitment to other artistic forms, such as murals, illustrations, graphics, art fanzines and T-shirt design.
His work is narrative and often inspired by folk-art, fantastic motives of fairy tales, music, cultural heritage, as well as by his personal experiences and inner world. In his work one notices a dominant use of symbols, his inner world and complex reflections from which he develops his ideas and specific intimate aesthetics. Complex, but at the same time purified, strongly imaginative but well-thought-out works adorn this artist’s rich oeuvre.
Jamiyla Lowe is a Toronto based illustrative artist who concentrates on drawing and screen printing. Her series ‘A Whole New World’ centers around five fictionalized civilizations who each inhabit a nightmarish fantasy world. The inhabitants experience uncertainty, joy, lust, and indifference all while trying to ensure survival in their own distinctive environments.
San Francisco based artist Amos Goldbaum’s intricate line drawings are applied using both traditional mediums and on t-shirts. Goldbaum started selling his drawings on the street about ten years ago, and built up his curbside shop to include prints and t-shirts. He credits his mother, who always put a pencil in his hand when he was bored.
Evan M. Cohen explores relationships, both spiritual and physical. Connections we share around stories and lore that teach us how to live. Hope in each other and acceptance for the future. “Visions” is a brief glimpse into a world guided by trust and belief in a higher power. In order to be saved, we must come together.