Featured Artist

Featured Artist is a bi-weekly post where I highlight an artist’s work.

Featured Artist: Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak

Ewa Prończuk-KuziakFeatured Artist: Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak

This week’s featured artist is painter Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak from Poland. Her mythical and breath taking paintings seem to capture the essence of spring and metamorphous. I love the ribbon detail to her paintings and the way it conveys the movement of the subject as well as her rich and bold color choices. Her surreal portraits of animals are my favourite and such a fresh interpretation.  You can check out a selection of her paintings below and links on where to find her.

Ewapronczukkuziak (website)
Facebook
(updates)
Instagram (photos)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak.

 

(I’ve shared a lot of artist in the last 2 years but I am feeling like I should take a break and recharge and discover more so until Falll I will only be sharing artists through my Pick of the Week posts.)

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Featured Artist: Loish

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Featured Artist: Loish

This week’s featured artist is Dutch illustrator and animator Lois Van Baarle, also known as Loish.  I am obsessed with Loish’s style of illustrations and can feel the rich world around her characters. Lately I’ve been really into graphic novels and comics and think her style would work really well with an expanded story beyond it. Even as individual illustrations the work is very expressive and I want to know more about the world behind it.  Below is a few of her illustrations and links on where to find out more.



Loish (website)
Blog (work and progress)

Facebook
(updates)
Instagram (photos)
Society6 Store (prints and more)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Lois Van Baarle.

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Featured Artist: Tokyo Flora Diary

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Featured Artist: Tokyo Flora Diary

This week’s featured artist is Japanese painter Ai Natori, known as Tokyo Flora Diary. Her subtle and delicate portraits of Japanese women are so serene and silent that I can’t help but be captivated by them. Her simple strokes and minimalism I think work wonders on highlighting the expression of her subjects and creating that atmosphere that is present in all her pieces. Below you can find a selection of her work and links on where to find out more about her.

Tumblr (blog)
Artinsider(prints & more)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ai Natori

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Featured Artist: Atsuko Goto

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Feature Artist: Atsuko Goto

The first featured artist of the year is illustrator Atsuko Goto of Japan. Her dreamy and strange illustrations feel very much at home with modern Japanese horror movies and manga. I love the sense of isolation and her muted tone color pallet that spans her work. Her theme of Japan being consumed with its own emptiness and trapped feeling translates very clearly in her work and creates these haunting images. Below is a selection of her work as well as links on where to find her.


Goto Atsuko (website)
Facebook
(updates)
Instagram (photos)
Twitter (updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Atsuko Goto.

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Featured Artist: Kate Clark

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This week’s featured artist is sculptor Kate Clark from Brooklyn, New York. She takes sculpture and taxidermy to a new level by blending the human form and the form of wild animals together through sculpting. The body of her sculptures stay true to classic taxidermy and the original animal but she stitches and sculpts hides together to form human faces on her subjects. There is a very raw visceral reaction to her work and it draws the viewer in and makes them ask questions. Her work is haunting. The first impression I had viewing them was the juxtaposition of the animal and the human like heads but after a moment the facial elements seem to blend in seamlessly into the body of the animal and they become one entity. Where her work is most successful is this blending and believability, you can see the emotions on the face and it stays true to the body position and spirit of the animal. Below I have links of where to find out more about her and some of her most successful pieces.

Kate Clark Studio(website)
Instagram (updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kate Clark.

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Featured Artist: Marjolein Caljouw

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Featured Artist: Marjolein Caljouw

Featured artist this week is illustrator Marjolein Caljouw of the Netherlands. Caljouw does paintings and murals along with illustrations but today I’ve chosen to highlight her illustrations as they are the main body of her work. Her illustrations utilize very simplified lines and color contrasts, highlighting the fluidity of her subject matters and creating depth. What drew me into her art is that it feels reminiscent to me of certain periods of James Jean’s work although that is just in passing as the subject matters and techniques used are widely different. She draws realistic figures but her color choices seem to focus more on moods than realism and feel sensual, intimate and expressive. Below are a few choice illustrations that I personally enjoy and links on where to find more of her work.

Marjolein Caljouw (website)
Facebook
(updates)
Storenvy (prints & originals)
Instagram (process photos and updates)
Youtube (process videos)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Marjolein Caljouw

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Featured Artist: Michael Page

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Featured Artist: Michael Page

Featured artist this week is surreal painter Michael Page from San Francisco, California. His landscapes are trippy and psychedelic with familiar forms interpreted in his own way.  He uses a vivid color palette that is eye catching and works to remove his work from reality often using motion in his work to distort the subject matters. Other surreal artist that I could compare his work to would be in a similar realm with James Jean and Salvador Dali although he really is very much has his own style. He is not an artist I’ve dug into too in depth so I am really interested to see more of his work and hopefully he releases a book in the future. Check out some of his paintings below and where to find him.

Michael Page Art (website)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Page.

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Featured Artist: Andy Kehoe

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Featured Artist: Andy Kehoe

Today’s featured artist is Andy Kehoe of Pittsburgh, United States who makes fantastical resin paintings. He is another artist my friend Zara got me into last year whose work I absolutely fell in love with (the other artist being Pat Perry who I profiled two weeks ago).  His atmospheric paintings have a striking contrast between the subjects and their surroundings, the almost unsurmountable elements of nature (reminds me of the video game Journey if you are familiar). Now the true magic of Kehoe’s work I believe really happens when you see his paintings in person. I was very fortunate to see a piece last winter at a local gallery and I was blown away. Although that’s not to say his work doesn’t translate while online but due to his style of painting and the process involved it’s a different experience in person. His paintings are compiled of several layers of resin in which he paints only certain elements of the completed painting on each, building the overall image layer by layer. This gives his work this eerie 3D effect that while you can see the depth on the flat digital images and get a sense for it, it’s another thing completely in person. He is one of the few painters I am aware of who uses resin in this way and it works wonderfully with his aesthetic. For more information I highly recommend checking out his amazingly written bio (it involves pirates) and below is a selection of his work and links to where you can find more of his work.

Andy Kehoe (website)
Flickr (gallery)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Andy Kehoe
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Featured Artists: Pat Perry

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Featured Artist: Pat Perry

The featured artist this week is illustrator, graphic artist, and photography Pat Perry who hails from Detroit.  I’m not hundred percent sure how I found out about his artwork but I believe it was through my friend Zara, which makes sense as she’s a wandering spirit much the same as Perry appears to be. I remember the first time I went to his blog and intensely spent the next hour going through his sketchbooks and just being taken aback.  I love his details and the sheer volume of his creativity. The artwork is just very visually pleasing and gratifying in a way even when it’s challenging you. I also really enjoy his photography and the travels he posts about. He has many facets to his work and I am intrigued by each one in a different way, it very much a journey. His work also seems very personal and I love that. Below I put together a selection of different types of his work from photography to graffiti to his sketches and finished art pieces. There is also more information on where to find him if like me you are taken away.

Pat Perry (website)
Instagram (photography)
Facebook (updates)
Store (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Pat Perry
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Featured Artist: Chisato Tatsumi

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Featured Artist: Chisato Tatsumi

Featured artist this week is Japanese artist Chisato Tatsumi. Tatsumi makes magic girl inspired drawings that use a mixture of styles. There isn’t very much information about Tatsumi available that I could find but regardless I really wanted to share their work because I love the combination of elements and portraiture. It reminds me of Sailor Moon Crystal and other magic girl animations when the character’s transform. As well the highly saturated color of each drawing has a very visceral effect. I’d say it’s better to go the website to view these in full resolution as there is just so much detail that it lends itself to be seen on the larger scale. However I have included a few of my favourites below and links to where you can find Tatsumi’s work.

Chisato Tatsumi (website)
Twitter
(updates)
Tumblr (updates and links to shows and items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Chisato Tatsumi.

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Featured Artist: Jeremiah Ketner

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Featured Artist: Jeremiah Ketner

Custom toys are something I don’t believe I’ve ever featured before on my blog so I thought I’d rectify that today by  featuring artist Jeremiah Ketner . Ketner is an American painter who is probably more recognizable for his Disney inspired paintings but today I wanted to highlight his customized toys. I have a deep love of custom toys and am endlessly impressed with what people can do with the medium especially considering the pre-set shape and small working area.  Ketner lives up to that with his vibrant and adore painted toy pieces. The details on each single one is stunning and his general esthetic transfers very well to the medium. I can’t help but smile when I look at his work.  Below there are a few of my favourites and links to where else to find his custom toys as well as his paintings.

Jeremiah Ketner (website)
Facebook (updates)
Twitter (updates)
Bigcartel (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Jeremiah Ketner.

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Featured Artist: Madelen Foss

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Featured Artist: Madelen Foss

Today’s featured artist is illustrator Madelen Foss from Norway. She makes eye catching bright and neon pop surrealist creations. What I enjoy the most about her illustrations is how some have sinister elements to them that are hard to notice straight off the bat. She is also not afraid to combine random elements or patterns together and it really works. Her illustrations just pop off the page and have a really 3D quality to them. That might be something she picked up while studying animations, regardless it’s very effective and her work is stunning.  You can see more of her work below and further information on where to find her.

Madelene Foss (website)
Tumblr (updates)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)
Paintalloverme (clothing)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Madelen Foss.

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Featured Artist: Natali Koromoto

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Featured artist this week is illustrator Natali Koromoto from Brooklyn, New York. It’s hard to describe the aesthetic of her illustrations but the closest kind of comparison or reference point that I can pin point is the Simpsons and Futurama. There is that cartoon style to her work that really works well and the vibrant colours of her pieces suit it. She also does reimagining’s of several popular cartoons as well as her own characters. I also really love her animated illustrations as it adds a whole element to her work that not very common among popular up and coming illustrators. Check out her work below and links on where to find her.

Natali Koromoto (website)
Storenvy
(prints, postcards, stickers, originals)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Natali Koromoto.

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Featured Artist: Natalie Foss

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Featured Artist: Natalie Foss

Featured Artist this week is Norwegian illustrator Natalie Foss. Her work is predominantly portrait drawings made with colored pencils. The color pallet of choice for her illustrations is cool blue and yellow with minimal/occasional alternate color. One of my favourite things about her portraits is the limited color spectrum as it really creates continuality between each of her subjects.  As well the shading on each of her subject is exquisite and just highlights the mood of the illustration. I also appreciate the modernity of her work yet the recognizable posturing of her subjects.  Really feeling her work recently and it will be amazing to see what she creates next. Below is a selection of her drawings and links on where to find her.

Natalie Foss (website)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)
Tumblr (blog)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Natalie Foss.
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Featured Artist: Erika Sanada

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Featured Artist: Erika Sanada

This week’s Featured Artist is sculpture Erika Sanada, who creates wonderful and mesmerizingly creatures out of her imagination. Although they appear from afar to be regular sculptures of animals like a household dog, the more you look, the more you may see an extra body part or another animal conjoined to it or escaping it (much like in the movie Alien). Speaking of movies, she says one of her main inspirations is from her childhood when she would escape her surrounds by watching them, and supernatural animations. A world where the reality is common place to be filled with horrifying and deformed creatures. She also uses her sculptures as a way of overcoming the anxieties she suffers from by depicting a dark side of the world. Both inspirations I can feel a lot of people can relate to in some way.  I love them at least and think her sculptures are exquisite and executed with a high leave of skill. Not to mention the detailing of various colors on different creatures makes them pop in a way you almost forget how dark they are. If you want to find out more about her check the links below and I’ve included a few photos of her sculptures as well.

Erika Sanada (website)
Facebook
(updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Erika Sanada.

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Featured Artist: So Youn Lee

So Youn LeeFeatured Artist: So Youn Lee

One of this month’s featured artists is Korean painter So Youn Lee. I first experienced her work in Hi-Fructose before really getting into her work after discovering Hikari Shimoda. Although their work has similar vibes, using the eyes as gateways to express their subjects and being inspired by manga artists there is a completely different vibe. Lee’s work is in this specific vibrant color pallet that is very cohesive between all of her recent works. She also incorporates fruits into her work quiet readily which delights me and he work just feels like visual candy. Her subject matter is usually these alien type characters that are not human but have a very familiar look and frequently use space helmets along with animals, animate clouds, butterflies, etcetera… She also does black graphite drawings with the same subject matter which I feel need to be experienced in person to get the full effect as there is so many details within each drawing. I really enjoy her older work as well which is more haunting and featured mostly human like women using a more abstract style of painting. I am just in love with her, check out some of her work below and links on where to find her!

So Youn Lee (website)
Facebook (updates)
Instagram (daily updates)
Society6 (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to So Youn Lee.

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Featured Artist: Kendra Binney

Kendra BinneyFeatured Artist: Kendra Binney

Featured artist this week is painter Kendra Binney from Portland. I was really drawn to her work because of her overall esthetic and the hazy dream like quality of her paintings. Her work feels like you are glimpsing into a sinister snow globe with the mixture of nature and human influence.  The encroaching human touch into scenic landscapes is a common theme throughout her paintings.  This is really helped by her muted watercolor tone, which works wonderfully with her subject matter and creates these almost effortless scenes. Below is a few of her paintings and information on where to find her work.

Kendra Binney (website)
Facebook
(updates)
Etsy (prints + other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kendra Binney.

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Featured Artist: Hikari Shimoda

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Featured Artist: Hikari Shimoda

Featured artist this week is the painter Hikari Shimoda of Japan. She’s one of my favourite artists that I’ve discovered last year and I am so happy to share more of her work on the blog. Hikari has said that her work is inspired by anime and manga which in Japan is referred to as ‘Irasuto’. Although she doesn’t paint in anime/manga style it’s easy to see her inspiration with her use of ‘big eyes’ and the series of paintings she’s done depict her version of Chibi Moon from the anime/manga Sailor Moon. She also incorporates stickers to some of her paintings which I find delightful and I’m sure in person the effect is even more magical. One of the main themes of her work from the last few years is eyes of her subjects, and using them to convey her commentary on society. Besides being absolutely mesmerizing the eyes of her subjects also appear to be vacant which gives her paintings that eerie quality and a sense of inner struggle. She also has an affinity with children and depicts them in all her paintings. Although I am sharing more of her newer pieces, her older paintings also depict haunting children and are worth checking out. Her style has changed over the years so it’ll be exciting to see where she goes next. You can check out more of her work below and where to find her and for a review of her postcard set click, here!

Hikari Shimoda (website)
Facebook (updates)
Tumblr (artwork)
AkaTako (postcards + prints + originals)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Hikari Shimoda.

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Featured Artist: Chiara Bautista

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Today I am featuring the artist Chiara Bautista, who does mostly illustrations and digital artwork. I am in love with her series of wolf pieces and love the variety of her work. She seems to be a free spirit, and it shows within her pieces. There is also a hint of Tara McPherson in her work which I appreciate as McPherson is the artist that first got me into pop surrealism. I really hope she makes/contributes to a comic book at some point as I feel her illustrations within themselves already are telling such a story the combination would exponential. As for Bautista herself, there isn’t a lot of information about her available and she has a minimal presence online but I really wanted to share her work as it’s extremely refined, playful and elegant. Check out some of her work below and where to find her.

Chiara Bautista (website)
Facebook (updates, artwork)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Chiara Bautista.

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Featured Artist: Kaoru Hasegawa

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Today I’m featuring painter Kaoru Hasegawa who hails from Osaka, Japan. Her medium of choice is acrylic and oil paint on canvas and she has a distinct portrait style of big space eyed ladies. She refers to her work as “Mattari” which means relax/laidback in Japanese and is slang for ‘telling someone to calm down’.  I love the attitude of her work and the over-it expression of her subjects. Her style seems inspired by manga yet is really its own thing. I can’t help but love her work and I just adore the galaxies in their eyes not to mention her color palette. Check out some of her work below and links to where you find her.

Tumblr (website)
Instagram (updates)
Society6 (prints)
Storenvy (postcards + other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kaoru Hasegawa.

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Featured Artist: John & Wolf

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This week’s featured artist is John & Wolf which is a photography blog dedicated to the traveling of illustrator John and his husky Wolfgang. They explore the sparling woodlands and mountains of the United States and John takes landscape photos of what they seen usually featuring Wolf. The landscape photography alone is engaging but the inclusion of playful, and majestic Wolfgang just heightens everything. I am especially a sucker because I’ve always dreamed of owning a husky and I’d like to think this is just what I’d do once I had one. Simply it’s beautiful fun photography of probably the most beautiful areas of the United States, and they take you long. Below is a few of my personal favourites and links on where to find out more.

John&Wolf (website)
Instagram
(updates)
InPrint (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to John Stortz.

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Featured Artist: Anna Dittmann

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Featured Artist: Anna Dittmann

This weeks’ featured artist is Anna Dittmann a digital illustrator from California. Her illustrations are mainly ethereal portraitures of women of her own creation and a few from pop culture. The women of her work give of the impression of being goddess of various elements while still being set apart from the stories we are all familiar with. What I love the most is her use of nature within the portraits and the flow of her work. Below is a selection of her work, with links below on where to find more of her work.

Anna Dittmann (website)
Tumblr 
(blog)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Anna Dittmann.

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A Year of Featured Artist

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Have a look back at the last year of featured artists! This is my bi-weekly post where I share with you one of the artists I’ve recently gotten into. I think exposing artists you like with people is one of the greatest things you can do and I love finding new artists. I probably spend hours each week late at night trying to find new artists so it’s really a pleasure to share their work. Click the link/photo if you want to see all the artists I’ve featured this year.

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Featured Artits: The Met Gallery Collection

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What a great way to spend some of your Christmas vacation then checking out the Met Gallery Collection of photography ranging from the 1980s all the way to the 2000s. They have thousands of photograph negatives and prints available online to be viewed that has either featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself or in storage. I’ve featured some of the photographers below so you have an idea of what you’re getting into as the site is much like a library catalogue system (it’s not a photo gallery and with information about the pieces being more prominent than the artwork itself and frequently there is pieces without a photograph) but it’s worth the search trust me. There are a lot of gems in here if you are fascinated by photography like myself or just like looking back at earlier times in history. It’s available, here and if you want to check out the Met Gallery Collection in its entirety, here. Happy looking and let me know in the comments any gems you find!

Bruce Davidson, 1966

Walker Evans 1933

Eugène Atget 1923

Francis Bedford 1870

Helen Levitt 1939

Andrew Joseph Russell 1864

John Thomson 1869

Ansel Easton Adams 1964

Peter Henry Emerson 1885

Johan Hagemeyer 1928

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Featured Artists: Teagan White

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Featured Artist: Teagan White

This week’s featured artist is Teagan White an illustrator and designer from Chicago. Her illustrations focus on flora and fauna and are reminiscent of children’s book illustrations (like Beatrix Potter). Her work is very intricate and playful and fits in nicely with the current Fall and Winter seasons. Below are a few examples of her work and for information check out the links below.

Teagan White (website)
Tumblr (blog)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Teagan White
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Featured Artists: Mat Miller

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Featured Artist: Mat Miller

This week’s featured artist is the vibrant Mat Miller who is an illustrator and graphic artist from the UK. He works in the medium of watercolours, acrylic ink on paper and digital illustrations.  His distinct color pallet is what drew me to his work as I’m always a sucker for pink, purple and blue hues and paired with black his work has a layered effect. The combination of vibrant colors and black details gives off a more dynamic feeling instead of a flat image. I also enjoy how his illustration subjects tend to be animals (who can resist?). What I find most interesting about his work however is the various elements of his pieces and the amount of details contained in each. You can see his digital design background as the piece grab your attention visually from the get go but it’s the smaller elements you find after looking at it for a while that really grow on you. As well as the watercolor effects and the sublime lines of his work. For more information about him check out the selection of his work below and links to where to find him.

Mat Miller Illustrations (website)
Prints on Wood(prints on wood)
Facebook (updates)
Society6(prints)
Tumblr(blog)
Etsy(originals)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Mat Miller
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Featured Artist: Muxxi

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Featured Artist: Muxxi

This week’s featured artist is illustrator Muxxi from Guatemala City. Her medium of choice is digital illustrations and murals of her futurist color explosion. I love the chaos of her work and the visual feast for the eyes. Her way of blending color and subjects together into a diorama of this strange alien world is glorious. It reminds me of the video game world Katamari Damacy which is equally as visually vibrant. What I enjoy most about her work though is how happy it is, it’s so joyful to view her work and find all the elements that make it up, you can’t really view her work and not crack a smile. I hope to see more murals from her as I think her digital works translates very well into the medium of street art. Check some of her work out below, and links to find on where to find her.

Muxxi Illustrations (website)
Flickr (blog)
Facebook (updates)
Society6(prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Muxxi
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Featured Aritst: Creature Journal

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Creature Journal was created by illustrator Mark A. Facey as his outlet to show the wonderful and mysterious creatures and critters he’s conceived of. There is not a lot of information available about him as an artist but I absolutely love his work and wanted to show you because his pieces marvel me. They are captivating and the details of his pieces are stunning. I love having a look into his sci-fi world. If you want more backstory to the creatures themselves check out his digital art book available off his site which offers mini stories of each one featured.

Creature Journal Tumblr (website)
Twitter(updates)
Society6 (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Mark A. Facey.

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Featured Artists: Maryana Kopylova

Maryana Kopylova

Featured Artists: Maryana Kopylova

 Maryana Kopylova is a Ukrainian artist who makes sculptures, paintings and plushies of creatures she calls ‘Krakazyabra’. All of her work she currently is showing regardless of medium is based around the same world and back story that she’s created. Her sculptures are made with mixed media and included elements like polymer clay, felt, plastic, traditional doll eyes, beads, glass and more. Her plushies are usually felt, with beads and hand painted details and her paintings are usually acrylic. There is not a lot of information about her or her work currently but I do hope she will launch a website or a storefront soon as I absolutely adore her toy sculptures and photography of them plus the world she has created. Outer worldly creatures that act as guardians and keepers is a very common theme in artwork but her execution and distinct style is not only colorful but also utterly fascinating and you can’t help but be drawn into her world and want to know more about them.

MaryanaKopylova VK (gallery and updates)
DeviantART (gallery)
Instagram
(behind the scenes)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Maryana Kopylova.

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Featured Artist: Liza Corbett

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Featured Artist: Liza Corbett

This week’s featured artist is illustrator and painter Liza Corbett who currently resides in New York. Her subject matter is usually women who seem out of the darker side of the 19th century during the more pagan and occult period of American history. It’s no surprise that she cites the Summer-Land as inspiration of her work.  I’ve been memorized by her work and love the looming atmosphere. I have one of her dolls and everything about her work whether it’s her dolls or water colors or sketches has this brilliantly crafted atmosphere and you can image the story behind it. It’s fun to get lost in her work and get swept up in the world she’s created. Check out some of her work below as well as links on where to find her.

Liza Corbett (website)
Society6 (prints)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy(prints and dolls)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Liza Corbett
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Featured Artist: David Fleck

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Featured Artist: David Fleck

David Fleck is a UK based illustrator that combines his love of architecture and art to create his pieces.  He does many types of illustrations but his cityscapes are what really won me over. His European cityscape prints are crafted with such detail and show his meticulous attention to the architecture.  I enjoy how the prints have such an old timey romantic feel to them yet also have modern elements. Whether it’s the city in the clouds or skyscrapers with hot air balloons you cannot escape the crafted whimsical nature of them. The muted color tones with the pops of color work very well to heighten the over feel of his work. I really enjoy them and think it’s a breath of fresh air in an age where people (myself included) are so into surrealism.

David Fleck (website)
Tumblr (blog)
Facebook (updates)
Society6(prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to David Fleck
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Featured Artist: Sashiko “Wishcandy” Yuen

wishcandyFeatured Artists: Sashiko”Wishcandy” Yuen

 This week’s featured artist is Wishcandy / Sashiko Yuen a Californian artist who makes illustrations with such mishmash of influences her work cannot help but feel hyper personalized and stylish. It is easy to see the retro influence in her female depictions from hair styles to fashion but it’s her ability to effortlessly combine this with modern fashion and influences like candy flossed hair colors that really makes her work stand out. She also has a fun kitschy element to her illustrations that really serves to add humor to her work. Pizza parachute anyone? Even though she doesn’t politicalize her work at all you cannot help but feel the body positive energy from her work and her depiction of her strong women is a refreshing change in today’s current art scene. It’s amazing seeing the amount of female artists getting out there and getting recognition and I feel it helps so much to have women depicting women in art instead of men. Her work is just fun and exciting and I really wanted to show it to you before the summer starts. Also I like her touches of gore because I’m the type of person who enjoys a little fake blood every now and then, lol. Below is a selection of her work and links to where to find her.

Wishcandy (website)
Etsy (prints, stickers, brooches..)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints – currently closed)
Tumblr (blog)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Sashiko Yuen.

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

The featured artist this week is pop-surrealism painter Redd Walitzki from Seattle, Washington. She’s an up and coming artist who’s been featured in influential art magazines like Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz and has had her work exhibited in galleries all over the West Coast and New York. In the last year it’s been amazing to see her artwork take off and start to reach even wider international audiences. The highlight of her paintings for me is her intricate laser cutting of her canvas. The delicate details of her cuts make her work transcend being just a painting and allows for shadows and further depth when viewing her work. She even use to sell prints of her work that had the same laser cut details as the original pieces, a detail I hope she maintains in future recreations. For her subject matter she paints realistic women with a heavy emphasis on fluidity and movement for them and their surroundings. Her subject matter most often appears to be alternative styled women suspended in a dream surrounded by nature. This aspect of her work reminds me a lot of modern surrealist fashion photography but going beyond what can be achieved through a camera. Her work is very striking and I’m drawn to it immensely, have a look below at some of her work followed by links and where to find her.

Candy Gears (website)
Flickr (photography)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy(prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Redd Walitzki.
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Featured Artist: Agnes-Cecile

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Featured Artist: Agnes-Cecile

This week I wanted to share the work of Italian painter Silvia Pelissero who goes by the name of Anges-Cecile. She is a self-taught painter that creates wonderful water color portraits. To be honest I’ve never been super fond of water color paintings until recently and she is one of the painters that have really changed my mind on the medium. I love how she uses it in her paintings epically the delicate dripping. Her technique is just so sublime and the results really speak for themselves. Evocative female portraits are a very common subject for painters but her work feels very modern and of this time which I enjoy. Her work also reminds me of the new fade of getting tattoos that look water colored with her very subtle ‘coloring outside the lines’. I could easy see her work hanging in an art gallery or a skate shop and I think this versatility will serve her well. Not to mention her color pallet, I especially enjoy her pieces that have just an absolute rainbow of colors. Check out some of her work below as well as links on where you can find her!

Agnes-Cecile (website)
Society6 (prints)
Bigcartel (originals)
Facebook (updates)
DeviantArt (blog)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Silvia Pelissero

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Featured Artist: Elle Moss

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Featured Artist: Elle Moss

Elle Moss is a photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan who creates delightful self-portraits and landscapes. I love how muted her color saturation is on her self-portraits and her still life photographs. It creates this retro film feel and makes them feel like hazy dreams. She also has a series of fun self-portraits where she layers photographs on top of each other in post to create multiple versions of herself or other items which I find beyond charming (check out her Flickr to see those). The idea is frequently used by photographers but is well executed and she uses it to create additional whimsy (who can say no to more whimsy?). I would defiantly recommend having a look at her playful photography.

Elle Moss Photography (blog)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Flickr (photography)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy (prints and other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Elle Moss.
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Featured Artist: Kristamas Klousch

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Featured Artist: Kristamas Klousch

Kristamas Klousch is a Canadian photographer who makes wonderfully dark self-portraits (which she refers to as caricatures).  I’ve been familiar with her work ever since we started following each other on Flickr in my early 20’s. At the time I was very much into exploring myself through portraiture and she did an amazing alteration of one of my self-portraits. Her work has always amazed me as she has such a way of capturing herself, almost mutating herself to fit this timeless painting feel. She seems to capture some unspoken world between the living and ghosts like the Japanese mythology for yūrei. Besides being deeply evocative her work plays between being sinister and erotic and reminds me very much of 70s horror films mixed with the idea of femme fatal for some reason. She has such a strong idea of what her feel is as a photographer that you can easily tell it’s her work even though she may be unrecognizable in it. Speaking of which, she is amazing at shape shifting and transforming herself into different caricatures or illusions. Not surprising she includes Cindy Sherman, one of best self-portrait photographers as an inspiration to her.  She draws you in and tells you a story with each of her photographs or caricatures and I am fascinated by her world. Check out some of her work below, followed by links of where to find her.

Kristamas Klousch(website)
Flickr (photos)
Facebook (updates)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kristamas Klousch.
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Featured Artist: Michael Shapcott

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Michael Shapcott is an American painter from Connecticut that specializes in portraits. He uses a technique of applying oil and acrylic paint over top of a graphite drawing to create these vivid detailed paintings. I love his use of this technique as it doesn’t lose any details of the drawing and doesn’t come across as either an oil or acrylic painting. Washing the paint on top creates an almost watercolor feel but with deep rich colors. The colors are the part of his paintings that resonate with me the most as his color palette is sublime. He also has a way of creating such emotion in his paintings through the subject’s expression and body language. His portraits are very evocative and I consider myself so lucky to be in possession of two prints of his work.  Check out a few of his paintings below as well as links on where to find him.











Michael Shapcott (website)
BigCartel (originals)
Society6 (prints for purchase)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Shapcott.

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Featured Artist: Creatures From El

creatures from elFeatured Artist: Creatures From El

Ellen Jewett from Ontario, Canada is the mastermind sculpture behind Creatures with El. Her mixed media sculptures of fantasy and realistic creatures are both eerie and beautiful. I fell in love with her work when I stumbled upon it on Etsy and boy do I wish I could afford one of my own. Her additions to the creatures are so whimsical, it’s like a creature from a Tolkien book or other fantasy books come to life without at all appearing to be reminiscent of mythical creatures we are commonly use to seeing (although the Cheshire cat one is one of my personal favs).  Her haunting creatures are really helped by the fact she has a degree in Biological Anthropology as the foundations of her fantasy creatures always seem grounded in reality and you can tell she loves the animal form. I love how detailed her sculptures are and all the little touches. There is so much to look at that even after a 3rd viewing you will likely find something new you didn’t notice before. Which I think is an element of great artwork. Could you imagine seeing one of her creatures in your town square instead one of those LOVE sculptures? I would fill my whole backyard with them and keep them as guardians if I could! Check out her work below and there is links at the bottom of where to find her!

Creatures from El (website)
DeviantArt (prints and updates)
Etsy (custom sculptures)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted Ellen  Jewett
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Featured Artist: Andrekart Photography

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Andrekart Photography is this week’s featured artist because I thought it was right in the spirit for Valentine’s Day. Her photography has a vintage aesthetic and focuses mostly on still life photos and nature. It’s very romantic without being overbearingly cute or kitschy. I also love her color combinations (pink is one of my favourite colors) and think her photos really pop with color. Check out her photography!

Andrekart (website)
Flickr
(photography)
Society6 (prints)
Etsy (prints + other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Andrekart Photography.

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Featured Artist: Kevin Russ

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Featured Artist: Kevin Russ

Kevin Russ is a photographer from Portland, Oregon that takes all his current photos with his iPhone using various phone apps to adjust and filter his image. The results are sweeping landscapes and nature shoots that you will have a hard time believing could possibly be having been taken on a phone.  He is currently able to support himself solely on sales of these images and travel around the US and Canada finding the perfect shots and seeing landscapes that are hidden away past the cities and the highways we are used to. The dream I am sure of most non-professional photographers. His photos are so rich in a color and I find them utterly breathtaking. I highly suggest checking out his work and trying to wrap your head around how he got that using a phone.

Tumblr (blog)
Society6 (prints)
Flickr (photos)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kevin Russ

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Featured Artist: Amy Hamilton

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Featured Artist: Amy Hamilton

Amy Hamilton is a Canadian illustrator and graphic designer that uses both digital applications and traditional mediums to create her work. I found out about her through Society6 and fell in love. I have a soft spot for wildlife and I love her classic depiction of them. All of the work I’ve seen of her has had this breathtaking water color technique which adds so much to the familiar images and makes them fresh again. The watercolor also makes these sometimes fierce animals seem so soft and approachable. The dripping effect on the antlers of the elk and moose also delights me. It reminds me of the newest crazy of watercolor tattoos, in which her work probably would look spectacular as. She is still a graphic design student so hopefully afterwards she’ll continue making illustrations. Take a look below at some of her work and how to find out more about her:

Amy Hamilton(website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints)
PrintsOnWood (wood prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Amy Hamilton.

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Coming Up on Citizen Erased

It’s the start of a new year which means that there will be a few changes coming to Citizen Erased. It’s almost been the year anniversary since I first started posting daily and leaping into the world of blogging. I’ve tried a lot of various posts over the year to try and find my style and what I like to post about. I hope some of that material has been either useful or interesting to you guys (hit me up with feedback in the comments anytime). This year I’ve decided to stick with having formatted days because I am a bit of an organizational freak and with me working full time it just makes my life easier. Below will be the schedule, which I am sure may need some tweaking throughout the year and is more a rough estimate. I am really excited to test out more cameras and continue to develop film myself in the new year!

Schedule for 2014

Mondays:

  • Pick of the Week – either an Etsy store feature, a book /store review, or a recipe.

Tuesday:

  • Vintage Tuesdays –  bi-weekly vintage photography or cameras, photography I’ve taken with a vintage camera, and how to’s related to vintage cameras.
  • Featured Artists – bi-weekly I will be featuring an artist’s work that I enjoy (hoping perhaps to start doing interviews with artists as well).

Wednesday:

  • Lomography Wednesday – bi-weekly photography taken with toy cameras, toy camera reviews and how to’s.
  • Double Exposures – bi-weekly double exposure photography taken by myself.

Thursday:

  • Weekly sharing of past photo shoots or casual photo sets of my life.

Friday:

  • Butter – cute photos of my cat while I talk about my week.
  • 365 Challenge – monthly posting of my 365 Project where I take a photo every day. I post them daily on my tumblr and FB page as well. Will end in March.

Saturday:

  • Monthly DIY – every month I do a DIY project which can vary between homemade pins to lamps made with slides.
  • Month in Review – on the first week of the month I will review what happened that month, my favourite posts, and any updates or changes to the blog.
  • Otherwise for the Saturdays that don’t have the above two posts it will a day off for me.

Sunday:

  • Self-Portrait Sunday – weekly self portraits either current or from previous photo shoots.
  • Camera Profiles – exploring me as a photographer with one of my many cameras.
  • 52 Weeks of Self Portraits – will start in April after my 365 Project is over, basically a weekly self portrait series.

 

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Featured Artist: Lindsay Campbell

lindsay campbell Pick of the Week: Lindsay Campbell

Lindsay Campbell is an artist based out of Montreal who works in the medium of paintings and graffiti. Her painting is largely solo work but for her graffiti she usually works with a Montreal group of graffiti artists called WZRDS GNG. She also works closely with animal groups and helps find homes for dogs and cats. It’s easy to see her love of animals when you look at her paintings and graffiti as she frequently includes them in her pieces. Her work has a lot of warmth yet at the same time she doesn’t rely on simply creating ‘cute’ images although you may feel like you want to cuddle them. Personally I am a fan of her darker work and love the imagery she uses. I cannot resist her playful animal portraits either though. She does commissioned pet portraits frequently and I am so tempted to get one of Butter. Her work with WZRDS GNG is dynamic and they as a group have created amazing work throughout Montreal. I have seen a few of their works in person and the scale and vibrancy of them is incredible. I have long been fascinated with graffiti artists who use walls like canvas and can create images to simply improve the surrounds of an otherwise dull or ad ridden city. I suggest checking out her work and below you will find links on where to find her!

A look at her animal portrait commissions:

A look at her work with WZRDS GNG

Lindsay Campbell(website)
Facebook (updates)
DeviantArt (updates)
Wzrds Gng (blog)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Lindsay Campbell.

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Featured Artist: Ruben Ireland

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Featured Artist: Ruben Ireland

Ruben Ireland is an illustrator from London England that you may recognize as his work right now is everywhere. I’ve been interested in his work ever since I found it random on Society6 last year and even picked up some prints for my best friend’s birthday present.  His work is mostly in the form of digital illustrations and the subject matter varies from haunting female silhouettes to totem like animal imagery borrowed from native culture, and doll like portraits. His older work is a different style to the work he has been putting out for the last year or so however they all share a dark undertone. His female characters are shown as very stoic and still figures almost like they are trapped. He uses feathers, antlers, and other native symbols that are used commonly by hipster culture nowadays throughout his work. I find his work viewed as a whole comes across disjointing and you may find yourself not a fan of all aspects of it but I find that way he explores his subjects is captivating and I really enjoy his dark tone silhouette style pieces. He is defiantly worth checking out and I enjoy stepping into his world. It will be interest to see where he goes in the next few years, he is definitely breaking out.

Ruben Ireland (website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints for purchase)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ruben Ireland

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Featured Artist: Caitlin Hackett

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Feature Artist: Caitlin Hackett

This week’s featured artist is one of my current obsessions Caitlin Hackett. She is an artist based out of Brooklyn whose medium is illustration and paintings.  She grew up in northern California and says her love of nature came from being “surrounded by redwood trees and mountains” and it’s easy to see that in her work. Most of her current works heavily feature the theme of anthropomorphism and mysticism in relation to animals. Her work deals with the conflicting existence of both humans and animals in the same space and the relations between them. The underline tension we as humans have with nature seem to be one of the causes for the rather dark tone of her work. The nuances are there however I don’t think her work is heavy handed with any kind of direct message. Her explorations of the conflict is very gripping and the images she creates although grotesque in their transformation still contain that regal and haunting beauty that all creations of nature have.  I adore her work and have several prints of her paintings hanging in my house; I would recommend checking out her work. Below is a few of my favourites pieces and the links on where to find her below that.

Contemporary Mythology (website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Gallery Nucleus (originals)
 
StoreEnvy (originals and prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Caitlin Hackett.

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Featured Artist: Ally Burke

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For the weekend before Halloween I thought I’d feature an artist whose style seems to work nicely with the general spookiness and unsettling quality of Halloween, Ally Burke. Ally is from East Tennessee and has the flare for creating vivid portraits of creatures and women with sharp teeth and a few extras appendages. Her work is divided between her paintings and her illustrations however she does frequently show on her blog her sketch work. She also occasionally does paintings on wood and mini frames. I find her sketches to be the most enthralling of her work. Her simple sketches convey without any kind of pretension her amazing imagination and the almost cold terror of her subjects. I think it’d be such a treat to go through a whole sketch book of hers and see all the gems hidden in it. She really should put out a book much in the style of Edward Gorey. She also does commission work as well for people interested in letting her draw them in her unique style. I actually had one done of me and Victor and it’s probably one of my most treasured pieces of artwork. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ally Burke was to grow into an artist with much more reach and audience over the next few years. She is definitely an artist to watch, even for those with an aversion to spiders and other things that go bump in the night.

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Dead Spider Hands (website)
Funny Skull Grin (blog)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Etsy (originals, prints and more)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ally Burke.
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Featured Artists: The White Deer

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Featured Artist: The White Deer

The White Deer is artwork by the artist Peony Yip from Hong Kong. There is not much information about her beside that she’s an amateur artist who loves to illustrate. Her work is very romantic, simple and contains a lot of metamorphism and symbolism. She seems to work in series as her work has a theme that she elaborates on for several illustrations and then changes to something quite different. Despite the changes in her work they all seem like they came from the same mind and carry over her romanticism and simple line work. I love her use of animals and the way she draws women showing the fragile side and strength in their faces sometimes even within the same illustration. Her use of color or minimal use of color works wonderfully and adds richness to her work. The only thing that throws me a loop is her poster work, although not at all bad it just seems a little out of place with her already varying body of work. I do love her work and look forward to seeing her make more in the future, she really has a talent.

The White Deer (blog)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Flickr (artwork)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Peony Yip.
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Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Zina Nedelcheva

Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Lazarina Nedelcheva is an illustrator and painter from Bulgaria who I found one day on Society6 by chance and whose work I fell in love with. Although I should say fell in love is not as accurate as it would be to say creped out and thus enthralled with her work. Artwork that makes you feel uncomfortable and confronts you with a certain emotion and makes feel like you have to stare at it to somehow ‘figure it out’ for me is the greatest art. Her work does exactly that, especially her paintings of semi-human like bodies with childlike faces that are both familiar yet odd at the same time. I find myself transfixed by the faces; they appear to be faces yet at the same time masks. You are never sure if you are looking at children wearing a jumper of an animal or unknown human like figure wearing a mask. I find her work illuminating and her way of adding accessories to the characters to add depth and story is riveting because it usually just leaves the viewer with more questions. The lack of color of her work also allows you to be drawn in and notice the more increate parts of her paintings and creates this world of polka dots and stripes that her characters seem to co-exist in. I find it fascinating, and was even more delighted to find she makes dolls and brooches as well that carry over this imaginary world. Her dolls and brooches although different in body from her paintings feature the same circular faces/masks upon them. They are just as odd and familiar as her other work. Her world is one that I am very intrigued to see where it goes. She to me is an artist I am waiting for more from as I cannot get enough.

Zina Arts (website)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Etsy (originals and brooches)
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Lazarina Nedelcheva.

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Featured Artist: Busy Mockingbird

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Featured Artist: Busy Mockingbird

I stumbled upon Mica Angela’s work just last week and have fallen in love with it, especially Busy Mockingbird. Busy Mockingbird is a collaboration with her young daughter where they draw together and complete each other’s work. This collaboration leads to surreal and fantastical creatures and whimsical paintings. The overall impression of the pieces is that it’s mixed media or collage when in fact it’s just acrylic paint, pen and the occasional marker. The mixture of the imagination of a child and the polish and high quality of a professional artist is wonderful. Her work will delight and surprise you and make you remember a time in your life when your imagination was limitless.

Mica Angela (her professional site)
The Busy Mockingbird (her blog)
Society6 (prints for purchase)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Mica Angela Hendricks.
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