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Yoskay Yamamoto

 photo unnamed_zpshj3d7o3a.jpg  photo unnamed 1_zpsepamiqkt.jpg  photo unnamed 3_zpsnoed6nsz.jpg Born and raised in Toba, Japan, Yoskay Yamamoto moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto's artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the urban culture of the West coast. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art.  photo unnamed 2_zpsteu5qrhw.jpg  photo unnamed 4_zpsrvxji827.jpg  photo unnamed 5_zpscz7xpztd.jpg

Adam Simpson

Beautiful artwork by Adam Simpson commissioned by Studio Small for BAFTA. Each artwork is inspired by one of the 5 Best Film nominees in 2011: The Kings Speech, Black Swan, True Grit, Inception and The Social Network.

Oliver Jones

 photo pauly_zpso2yl46eb.jpg  photo mustard_zps9av3nkrk.jpg  photo james_zpsu7pup4fj.jpg " My work is a retort towards the way this improper image of the flesh is advertised, manipulated and exploited, it tak" My work is a retort towards the way this improper image of the flesh is advertised, manipulated and exploited, it takes the form of large scale photo-realistic drawings using paper and chalk pastel as their fragile properties reflect and enhance the fragile nature of the flesh but more importantly the application is comparable to the way we apply products, touch and handle skin. It also aims to dispel the immediacy of the instant and technological portrayal of the exterior that we have become accustomed to due to the time taken during the process, application and completion of the piece."es the form of large scale photo-realistic drawings using paper and chalk pastel as their fragile properties reflect and enhance the fragile nature of the flesh but more importantly the application is comparable to the way we apply products, touch and handle skin. It also aims to dispel the immediacy of the instant and technological portrayal of the exterior that we have become accustomed to due to the time taken during the process, application and completion of the piece." - Oliver Jones  photo eye_zpsaa7s5nau.jpg  photo new_street_zpsqerwtpjr.jpg

Hyungkoo Lee

 photo Lepus-Animatus-headmuscle-attachment_02-HyungkooLee_zpsjr7zeupe.jpg  photo Lepus-Animatus-headmuscle-attachment_01-HyungkooLee_zpsarepm28o.jpg Hyungkoo Lee <-- Born 1969 in Pohang, Korea; Lives and works in Seoul, Korea; Education: 2002 M.F.A. School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT; 1998 B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, HongIk University, Seoul, Korea (Photos via Soft Pink)  photo Canis-D-Animatusmuscle-attachment_02-HyungkooLee_zps1hkyrori.jpg  photo Canis-D-Animatusmuscle-attachment_01-HyungkooLee_zpssu1jafku.jpg

CAISO

 photo caiso-treeple-painting-lovesick-art-01_zpsjdduxmn6.jpg  photo caiso-treeple-painting-drag-art-01_zpsxzl7flp8.jpg " My existing works would be best categorised as pop-surrealism and most are experimental portraits. I work with very mixed media. Many pieces are digitally born but are brought to life with a variety of materials: spray paint, acrylics, rubber, wood, resin, metal, and I'm partial to working with graphite. In everything I do, I experiment with real world light, pattern and texture and strive to engage people visually with unusual ideas and details." - CAISO  photo caiso-treeple-painting-kim-art-01_zpsuitdxxdy.jpg  photo B6MVudIIUAE8lot_zpsezriycdd.jpg

Stroke by Anya Gallaccio

 photo 05_17_zpsd6jxz2tu.jpg  photo AG172_0_zpsbimqylxv.jpg "...Gallaccio's installation "Stroke" is a curious combination of emotions - scatologically hilarious one moment, melancholy the next. Working well within a minimalist tradition, Gallaccio's entropic urges go a step further than Richard Serra's wall pieces or Richard Long's mudworks. Feminist in material, natural in its decay, subversively Freudian, "Stroke" is an enigmatic and challenging work." (via BLUM & POE)  photo chocolateroom1_zpsrkv6odwc.jpg  photo 6b6d3b5c-dd4f-11e3-_701481c_zpsomkcr1sc.jpg

Mimi Scholz

 photo f83ac818cd5146619e16ad374d3111e5_zpsl4srsyrb.jpg  photo 2f9a765b3f308386ee9370b2fc9e35db_zpsiut1ov28.jpg Mimi Scholz has her roots in traditional art and animation and started to use the computer as an artistic tool in 2000 while she was working for film and design-agencies as an illustrator and animator.The endless opportunities of the digital world fascinated her from the start and she began to improve her technical skills in painting her pencil- illustrations digitally. Without having the serious intention to get into any art-businesss she created her first digital works for herself until she met Yasha Young from Strychnin Gallery in 2006 who encouraged her to work as a full time artist and to show her work in public. Since being represented by Young and Strychnin Gallery as her “home and family“ she took part in numerous international exhibitions and art fairs. All her digital artwork is based on pencil sketches as pre-work which she describes as the most creative part of the time-consuming process of evolving a digital painting. She is using the wacom tablet and pen as a paintbrush colouring her work layer by layer in high precision which usually takes several months to get finished. Her large works often span about 2 meters in length when printed out on museum-quality paper and are being hand-grafted and varnished with an acrylic coat by the artist herself. These big pieces are always one of a kind and became the key to her artistic identity as the artist´s personal masterpieces. Mimi S. filled paintings are revealing dynamic stories which are told in many little details sarcastically poking the cliches of the female psyche sexuality and beauty by showing her "unpredictable women with an attitude“ bluring the lines between good and evil ambivalent in sane and insane while pushing to the edge of total hysteria. Strange fluffy creatures and animals usually appear as supporting protagonists in these maniac scenarios too.  photo Mimi-Scholz_The-proof-is-in-the-pudding_zps9aibamyv.jpg

Cadavre Exquis by Jules Julien

 photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.3_zpstothziw1.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.7_zpsjhsgbnxe.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.2_zpstngn8i4p.jpg An illustration series by Jules Julien created for a special exhibition at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan.  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.4_zpsgtawugnp.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.1_zpsra6oslzv.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full_zpsk5ctkgpn.jpg

Guillaume Dutreix

 photo night002_zpssgnw8tqp.jpg  photo night001_zpsl5cjciug.jpg Gorgeous photography by Paris-based photographer Guillaume Dutreix. Love.  photo night003_zpsuippurpe.jpg  photo night004_zpsa2hargpq.jpg

Christian Stearry

 photo tumblr_n4p859KzQh1qctyz5o3_1280_zpsiwd2nkzn.jpg  photo tumblr_n7vustEV7A1qctyz5o1_500_zps99maulzv.jpg  photo tumblr_n7w3xfVORK1qctyz5o1_500_zpshjzr7ohf.jpg Toronto based artist Christian Stearry is SO talented. Head on over to his website to get a good look at his portfolio.  photo tumblr_n4cmpaWGqP1qctyz5o1_500_zpsyeuexpvf.jpg  photo tumblr_mgwvzpe3K01qctyz5o1_500_zps1xmwbrlf.jpg