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.
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 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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Pat Perry
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Jeremiah Ketner.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Madelen Foss.
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.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Natali Koromoto.
Today’s featured artist is illustrator Sarah Bourget from Montreal, Canada. Her realistic gritty illustrators of people in pastel coloring are what first drew me to her work. I love the contrast between the subjects and her color pallet as well as the harsh black. Her work is very evocative and stands out amongst other current illustrators. I’ve highlighted her digital illustrations today however she does make non-digital illustrations as well and is currently working on a comic. I’ve also reviewed her stickers and mini prints that I’ve purchased in the past, here if you are interested in those. For most information about her work, check the links below.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Sarah Bourget.
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.