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.
Super Future Kid is an artist who doesn’t take things too seriously. There is little room for fine-art codswallop when the very best of East and West’s pop culture come colliding together like asteroids of web culture, 1980s cult cartoons and donuts.
Super Future Kid’s work is largely based on themes that strongly relate to certain ideas of childhood and youth, a time that still has a great influence on Kid’s personality and artistic identity. Kid is deeply fascinated with the perception and perspective on the world from the view of an adolescent mind, and particularly in related ideas of mystery and strangeness, games and playfulness.
Félix Decombat‘s work is a reflection of his own interpretations from references taken from all over, such as magazines and other illustration work. His imagination takes things to far-fetched lands with something more skewed, landing them in places far more bizarre and surreal than the rest. Looking through his work, you can definitely relate to its general vibe, yet as soon as you start exploring things deeper, you’re taken down a trippy road where the world feels more like acid on alcohol.
Benjamin Marra‘s detailed and vibrant illustrations often depicts a myriad of wild shit, from biker outlaws to giant snakes, the undead in leather swimsuits, monkey people, scantily-clad babes, aliens, other otherworldly beings and so much more. While it’s clear from the images you’ll see throughout that his artistic style is flexible, the cascade of chaos, mystery and intrigue is consistent in his work.
New York-based artist Shawna X‘s artwork is clearly a cascade of psychedelic colors, the designs, content and narrative that hold such a vibrant array is equally as mesmerizing. Everything from nude women, to M. C. Escher-esque landscapes, to Shawna’s own interpretation of still art, her body of work may be diverse, but they’re all just as beautifully mystifying as the next.
Working with various media including digital illustration, painting, motion, and environmental design. Her work exhibits interest in vibrant colors and juxtaposition of shape and composition to evoke energy, seduction, and morbid curiosity.
Dallas, Texas-born, New York-based illustrator LilKool took the simplicity of suburban neighborhoods, reduced it into an even more minimalistic aesthetic, then slapped on a palette of vibrant colors. LilKool’s suburban series sees snapshots of suburbia represented in a way we can only imagine a cartoon on LSD would see it. The pop-influenced feel of his illustrations are in fact a response to over flooding of pop culture and how it’s taking over the the minds of creatives.
Check out Seoul-based illustrator Inji Seo‘s cast of digital made curvy characters. Seo wants to express the softness and comfort of love in animation, and the shapes of the rounded, voluminous characters symbolize such feelings. Inji was attracted to these characters and developed them with illustration work. The characters in the pictures are some of her imaginary people.
GLeo is a street art from Cali in Colombia. She uses just simple paint brushes and rollers for her works and skilfully creates highly imaginative as well as vibrant work. Beautifully detailed, GLeo’s colorful scenes and fantastic creations catch and hold your attention, like hypnotic Chimera dancing in their urban landscapes.
Tom French is a British artist whose powerful monochromatic canvases are driven by his efforts to engage with the subconscious, and a rigorous pursuit of truth. French’s paintings are a visual discourse on Dualism, a philosophy that posits that the mind and the brain are not identical, that the mind is the seat of consciousness and the brain the seat of intellect.
His concerns with the duality of the physical and the metaphysical, are reflected in the double images that populate his artwork. Faces, figures and skulls repeat and shadow one-another, there are echoes of Rorschach’s psychometric tests in the mirroring and the monochromatic palette, and intuitive, gestural brushstrokes tap the subconscious.