Joe Hengst was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. He started his schooling at Columbus College of Art and Design and received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. He is currently living and working in San Francisco.
The women who populate Scott Rohlfs‘ acrylic paintings are a fusion of the artist’s personal experiences and influences. His women exist in a realm of moody atmospheres, tattoo-inspired couture and pop cultural elements. Rohlfs combines classic realism with an element of distortion when painting, resulting in surreal imagery. The eyes of his subjects are often the focal points of his work, imbued with an arresting quality. Rohlfs describes his figures as, “a reflection of myself and whatever mood I am in at the time.” Rohlfs’ produces a great amount of work and has sold hundreds of paintings throughout the US and abroad. (via Distinction Gallery)
Jessica Dalva dabbles in painting, sculpting, sewing tiny and regular sized costumes, set design, puppetry, and welcomes new tasks daily. A northern California transplant, Dalva lives and works in Los Angeles, and hopes someday to know how to make everything and/or anything.
Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of Southeastern Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in various editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design. Clients include: Monument Snowboards, 21st Amendment Brewery, Grove, Corpse Corps Boards, Willamette Week, On3P Skis, The Stranger, Tooth & Nail Records, Closed Casket Activities, Baltimore Magazine, Annalemma, Urbanite Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Slice Literary Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, The Riverfront Times, Rockpile Magazine, The Washington Square Review, Hyphen Magazine and Computer Arts Projects.
” We, as humans, are naturally drawn to the unorthodox. I have always enjoyed the use of the unconventional as a base for my artwork. I enjoy creating art that people can relate to and that stimulates the creative subconscious. Not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why. It is this desire to create a connection with the viewer that fuels my creativity. My passion is creating a perfect balance of light and shadow. Light is the core of my artwork. Without light there is no art. Without art there is no life. Amen, brother.” – Sergio Garcia (via Thinkspace Gallery)
Fintan Magee is a Lismore-born, Brisbane-based artist who works as an artist, illustrator, designer and muralist. Magee’s work often depicts the surreal, using extemely illustrative characters. His art is recognizable through it’s sheer size and style, often transporting the viewer into a world of unexpected beauty and chaotic balance, highlighting the extraordinary nature of our everyday existence.
Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice of more than a decade since the completion of his Master of Arts degree in painting at The Royal College of Art, London in 1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Thus powwow regalia, 19th parfleche containers, and drums are seamlessly merged with elements of Modernist geometric abstraction, Minimalism, and Pattern and Decoration. Here there is an echo of Frank Stella, Josef Albers, and Lucio Fontana – canonized in our current dialogue which has little or no inclusion of Native American art which Gibson provides comparable weight and equivalence. (via Marc Straus)
Checkout the work of Tomoyoshi Sakamoto. Worthy of your attention. That’s all.
Harma Heikens seduces the viewer with stereotypes in advertising and pop culture. But her life-size images confuse. Big blue eyes pull you into her world with issues such as poverty, war and sexual exploitation that may look sweet but have a bitter aftertaste. Heikens images are often based on reality.(via KochxBos Gallery)