Archive for February, 2011

Sylvia Ji

‎”Red Buffalo” (2010): California native Sylvia Ji (raised in San Francisco, currently living in Los Angeles) paints stunning women, enraptured and exalted beauties in Calavera (Día de los Muertos) facepaint and costume. Although her earlier work used a more diverse palette of colors, Ji now focuses each painting with a dominant hue, especially that incredible red. See her entire collection online here:


The collection of untitled illustrations by the artist known simply as Amose is eloquent and zen-like in its refined style of bold line and color. I don’t know much about Amose except that he was born in 1979, studied art in Belgium and currently lives in France where he dabbles in mediums ranging from traditional illustration & painting to screenprinting and spraypaint on concrete walls. The figures who populate his world are serene giants who contemplate the viewer:

Patrick Gannon

‎”Portrait of Wind with a Fan” (2010): Now for something a little different – Patrick Gannon, an American living in Japan, constructs beautiful images with handmade paper and often mounts them on wood. They are visibly delicate, full of texture, and bold in color palette. I love Gannon’s personification of Wind, a curly-headed patriarch who beckons a hummingbird to rest on his jagged hand. See more whimsical works at his site:

Glennray Tutor

‎”Quartet”: Glennray Tutor’s oil-and-canvas works fall under the category of photorealism, but they are so much more than paintings that look like pictures – they are carefully arranged visual interplays, evocative of the division between childhood and adulthood. Particularly impressive is Tutor’s ability to capture light in glass and project the colorful shadows of the marbles on the black-and-white surface of the comic book. For a nostalgic trip to delight the eyes, check out his gallery online:

Joram Roukes

‎”Salvation Road” (2009): The large-scale collages of Netherland’s Joram Roukes are at once disturbing and familiar, ghastly figures that challenge proportions. They are meticulously composed and yet the paint drips or smudges freely. Roukes’ succinct artist statement alludes to moral dilemmas in Western society, and this elaborate piece is suggestive of America’s economic and cultural influences – a puzzle to decode. See his site here:

“Place Holder” (2008): Robin F. Williams is a painter in New York with a serious balloon fetish. The subjects who inhabit her oil paintings are most often children whose thousand-yard stares focus back on the viewer, self-conscious in their loss of innocence. I am most impressed with Williams’ amazing range of textures which appear to pop off the canvas. Check out more of her work here:

Tomokazu Matsuyama

‎”The Future Is Always Bright (Study #2) (2010)”: Tomokazu Matsuyama is a multimedia artist who has spent his life in both Japan and the US, a division which has distinctly factored into the style and content of his work. Matsuyama paints the space “between worlds — they are not completely blended, but instead still a patchwork of a controlled chaos trying to evolve into something close to cosmopolitan, yet not so idealized” (artist’s statement). His images are vibrantly playful – white splatters of falling snow, paint-streaked horses, plaid pants, joyous movement. See more at his website:

Kehinde Wiley

I could never choose just one painting by Kehinde Wiley to feature here, but this quadriptych can give you an idea of his incredible & unique style. Wiley, a Los Angeles native, says that his work is about the history of painting as well as a specifically personal history. His large-scale portraits employ the visual rhetoric of wealth and power to modern subjects: black and brown men in their everyday clothing. Casting a global net, his newer work focuses on men from Africa, Brazil and India. See more of his history-bending juxtapositions here:

Martin Wittfooth

‎”Smoke in the Meadow”: Martin Wittfooth is a Canadian-born painter living in Brooklyn. His eerie, post-apocalyptic scenes often portray animals changed by their encounters with man-made environment. They are huge and possessed in the hazy atmosphere of nuclear cooling towers; they are already returning to dust as flowers spring from their bodies. His thought-provoking gallery shows more:

Teun Hocks

“Untitled (On Moon) (2007)”: Welcome to the whimsical and absurd world of Dutch photographer and painter Teun Hocks, whose primary medium is acrylic oil paint on large gelatin silver-prints that feature the artist in puzzling situations. I adore his work for its simplicity and dreamlike atmospheres; check out his ‘Fotowerks’ here:

Adrian Borda

‎”My Summer Wine” (2009): Adrian Borda is a Romanian painter whose surrealistic images are reminiscent of Salvador Dalí (although in this painting, I see the influence of Gustav Klimt). The inclusion of mechanization, robotics and computers in some paintings are contemporary touches to otherwise fantastical scenes. His ascetic website features more:

JKB Fletcher

I am totally captivated (and a little turned on) by JKB Fletcher’s series of ultrahuge photorealistic paintings, “In The Flesh”. Fletcher is a young multimedia artist in Melbourne, Australia. Take a look at the series and how skillfully he translates the textures of skin, sweat, and glitter to canvas: more paintings by JKB Fletcher.

Rich Pellegrino

“Willy Wonka”: Rich Pellegrino is a painter working in Rhode Island and is frequently exhibited at Gallery1988 in San Francisco and L.A. Much of his work is gouache, which is a heavy and opaque watercolor prepared with gum arabic. See more of his work here:

Fernando Chamarelli

‎”Boto cor de noite”: Fernando Chamarelli is a Brazilian graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist working in São Paulo. His art clearly draws upon the imagery of the Maya but with a bold, modern palette. Check out his Flickr set here: