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Eleanor Cunningham

“Untitled (Somerset House)” (2011): A photograph manipulated with mixed media features this somber setting, the perfect backdrop for an ethereal horror film, no? United Kingdom photographer and student Eleanor Cunningham usurps the medium’s so-called verisimilitude (truthlikeness) by employing digital manipulation to her images, developing a dialogue between the analog and digital forms. See more here:


Augustine Kofie

The Circulations Of Her Linear Curiosity”: Augustine Kofie’s “vintage futurism” is a bold blend of drafting technique, graffiti/street art, 60’s and 70’s iconography, unusual geometry and hidden typography. How one self-taught artist could seamlessly bring together so many elements is a testament to how long he has been practicing his craft. A well-respected street artist who went by the name Kofie’One, he has been making his mark on the urban landscape of Los Angeles since the 1990’s and continues to do large-scale murals on buildings to this day. See more here:

Houston (Matt Clark)

The very enigmatic multi-media artist Houston (the artist’s pseudonym doubled as the name of his gallery in Seattle, WA) has some fairly iconic imagery under his belt. This installation was the album cover of Modest Mouse’s 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, and utilizes one of Houston’s favorite symbols: the arrow. Elsewhere thrown hatchets drip paint, or an airgun is repeatedly shot into a surface to create “constellations”. Click through this semi-anonymous (real name Matt Clark) artist’s work here:

Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur (born 1986) is an English illustrator whose online portfolio boasts a number of styles and commissions. This piece comes from his ‘Surreal’ category, where realistic portraiture is melded with intricate patterns and designs. Macarthur uses pencil, watercolor and pigment pens for his completed works and like all diligent artists carries a sketchbook with him at all times. Reminds me of a quote by William Sprague: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” See more of Macarthur’s stuff here:

“From Nothing”: There’s something to be said about particularly prolific artists, especially when they have produced over 1,500 works that are equally engaging. And Portland, OR mixed-media artist Jesse Reno is not only flush with ideas and talent, but self-taught as well. His work – often featuring figural subjects, graffiti-like scrawling and a technicolor blend of hues – is reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Discover more on his website:

“Excell” (2010): Sukhi Barber (born in England in 1971) is a sculptor whose primary medium is that malleable metal, bronze. After art school, Barber travelled to India, where her aesthetic and outlook toward image-making were forever changed. She spent twelve years in Nepal studying Buddhist philosophy and experimenting with her craft. In this sculpture (which measures about 12 inches tall), positive energy radiates from the play between the bronze and the negative space. See more of her work here:

“Portrait of a Singer”: The enchanting oil paintings of German artist and former art teacher Michael Sowa (born 1945) feature a varied cast of whimsical animals, who seem to share a secret with their human companions, keepers and owners. If Sowa’s style seems familiar, you may have seen two of his creations brought to animated life over the headboard of the title character in the 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain: the two portraits conspire about Amelie’s love life while she dreams.

Ibai Acevedo

“REM series”: Dive into the portfolio of digital photographer Ibai Acevedo, a twenty-something Spaniard from Barcelona who says his work is based on actual dreams. His style defies compartmentalization – browsing his personal and professional work, you see an imaginative and unbounded artist experimenting with ideas, perspectives, colors… And putting his dreams into almost tangible imagery. Fabulous stuff from a young talent:

“Studio Arrangement in Blue and Rose” (2010): Kent Williams is an oil-painter from Los Angeles whose studio studies evoke both a decisive moment and a kind of voyeurism. The bodies in his arrangements are imbued with their own subjective narratives, which speaks to Williams’ use of his favorite models, friends and the artist himself engaging in the process. Then there’s that playful clumping and smearing of paint on the canvas – abstract compositions harmoniously sharing space with the realism of his subjects. Williams has also delved into the world of graphic novels: his 2006 collaboration with film director Darren Aronofsky on The Fountain has been well-received. Peruse his online gallery here:

“Zombie”: Today I’m diggin’ the illustrations of NY-based Lucas Camargo aka Flash. If there’s beauty in Camargo’s drawings (and I like to think there is), it’s a sum-of-its-parts kind of thing: teeny-tiny dots, well-rounded drips, and the intricate layering of hair strands coming together to form this fun image reminiscent of a Garbage Pail Kid card. See more colorful stuff from the artist here:

Maia Flore

“Sleep Elevations series”: French photographer Maia Flore is a recent graduate of the Ecole des Gobelins and currently resides in la ville des lumières, Paris. Her Sleep Elevation series (of which the artist says “I did not want to disconnect from the dream and never realize it”) is full of whimsy: young girls suspended through different modes of flight and fancy. Another quote: “My inspiration are things that I actually want to experience. I live my world vicariously though my photos.” See more from this burgeoning photographer on her website:

Georges Bousquet

“Etrange Famille” (2010): The dreamscapes of digital artist Georges Bousquet (from Perpignan, France) achieve a dizzying depth – one feels they could peel back infinite levels of the image and find more childlike figures and surreal subjects returning the gaze. In fact, Bousquet uses about 300 layers in Photoshop and spends approximately 15 hours building each image. Recently he re-envisioned the twelve signs of the Zodiac with his unique spin. His work deserves close-up inspection; see the details on his Flickr:

Xooang Choi

Xooang Choi (born 1975 in Seoul, South Korea) is fascinated with the human body and the abuses it endures. He sculpts incredibly realistic figures from polymer clay, then applies layers of paints in a way that imitates skin – the viewer is astonished to see wrinkles, veins and blood vessels on his light-skinned, despondent and dejected subjects. The piece above is more abstract than most of his others, a haunting wingspan of detached hands that could take flight. See more of this provocative artist’s work here (NSFW):

“Leeloo” (2010): Gene Guynn is not just a super skilled painter working in California (honing his skills at the Academy of Art University in SF and now working in LA), but also a fellow lover of filmmaker Luc Besson’s cult characters. On his oil-and-wood works, Guynn’s visceral and broad brushstrokes harmonize with those signature multicolored lines and shapes; elsewhere finely-rendered faces stand out on flaming, dripping backgrounds. The horned creations that Guynn chooses to frame his paintings with are art in themselves. Enjoy his gallery online:

Scott Marr

“Amnesia” (2010): The history of image-making with natural materials is as old as humanity itself, and vital to the cultural sustenance of certain groups like aboriginal Australians. Fellow countryman and artistic alchemist Scott Marr (born 1976) works with an incredibly rich source of natural materials – the above piece includes bark wash, ochres, wattle flower wash, and charcoal – and also utilizes pyrography: using heat and fire (like soldering irons or pokers) to made decorative burn marks. According to the description of a short video about Marr, the artist boils barks, leaves and mosses to leach organic dyes; he crushes native berries to producing a surprising array of watery washes; he powders locals coloured stones in a coffee grinder to form a palette of ochres. Watch the video and the artist at work: