Los Angeles based Masami Teraoka‘s early work consisted primarily of watercolor paintings and prints that mimicked the flat, bold qualities of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These paintings, done after his arrival in the United States, often featured the collision of the two cultures. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize themes in the work in this time period. These pieces blended reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, history with the present.
He has abandoned this style in favor of Western European religious iconography, in tune with his cultural and political critique of contemporary culture, particularly its confessional quality in America society. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.
Russian-born painter Polina Tereshina interprets her feeling of being between cultures, neither purely Russian nor American—a little of both. An abstract sense of statelessness is reflected in characters that move and interact within a fantastical geometric playground that is detailed yet vague.
She has a love for the awkward and bizarre aspects of our daily lives, so much so that she interprets them through her abstract, figurative paintings. Using acrylic, ink, and watercolor, she disassembles the body to arrive at a newly resolved aspect, one which speaks more clearly to the reality of our movements.
The rigid lines of the geometric and lined backgrounds add a sense of control to the piece, one which the subject interacts around. This brings balance, along with the idea of limits and structure. Through this we can relate to the modified human. By simplifying the body to the elemental aspects of the figure, often just a silhouette, she draws the viewer into the exaggerated trait.
A selection of new fantastic work by artist Alex Kuno (previously featured here), using ink, watercolor, graphite and chalk. These new mixed-media pieces offer a decidedly frenzied, more toiled spin. These works take the familiar children and beasts and expose their innards, a blend of seemingly floral and unsettling organic matter. With Kuno’s playful vibrancy, each exposed being is more absorbing than repelling.
Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.
Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.
These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.
Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.
A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.
Under the pseudonym Auf Wiedersehen, Jacqueline Smith hails from Melbourne, Australia. She draws and watercolors shy girls for us to comfort and sculpts tiny landscapes for us to explore, toeing the border between reality and the secret worlds of our imagination.
Auf Wiedersehen — translating not to goodbye but to ‘until we see each other again’ – stands for beauty behind impermanence, and helps us to feel that not all that is gone is lost or forgotten. We are the land and the land is us, and Auf Wiedersehenwants to invite others into her thoughts and share what’s in there.
Chicago-based artist Tom Herzberg’s paintings and the humorous and occasionally unsettling watercolor and acrylic works are absorbing and offer the chance to form our own theories about each’s wild characters. Herzberg is also an educator whose illustrations for magazines, books, newspapers, and other products number in the thousands.
Oslo, Norway based Tine Isachsen is an artist that works with line drawing, watercolor, photography and video-art. She studied at Central Saint Martins – London and The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo.
Isachsen’s work has always been focused on faces and the human body with an emphasis on expression and emotion. Her work has a distinctive and expressive style, seducing the viewer into a dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.