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.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kate Clark.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Marjolein Caljouw
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.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Andy Kehoe
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Maryana Kopylova.
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!
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Silvia Pelissero
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Elle Moss.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Shapcott.
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!