Yoshitoshi Kanemaki <-- (1972) Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan; Education: (1999) Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Paul Lewin: ” I was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977. I spent most of my years growing up in Miami FL and I am now living in Oakland, CA . My Father was passionate about woodworking and very driven in his practice. He was my first artistic inspiration. He also loved collecting art. My childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works ,along with my love of sci-fi and Fantasy art inspired a lot of my early creativity. My art over the years has also been influenced by indigenous folklore,tribal cultures, world religion,and ancient societies. I am currently working on a series of surreal folk art paintings inspired by Afro-Caribbean folklore entitled “Roots of the Cotton Tree”. The work reflects on the journey of my ancestors through the diaspora and of ourselves today as our stories continue to unfold. In the Caribbean much of the folklore has been passed down from generation to generation,dating back to ancient Africa,and kept alive through the traditional art of storytelling. The work for this series formed somewhere in the cross-section of Sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore. I like to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily.”
Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes works mainly with ordinary black pens to magically illustrate his “doodle” world. The 23-year old artist considers his art as a personal hobby which turned out to be his part-time freelance work after being recognized by various design blogs, international magazines and online communities. Most of his works are characterized by whimsical lines, patterns, characters and little elements that are spontaneously combined to create massive compositions depicting his everyday experiences or anything that inspires him.
The portfolio of Ukraine based artist Daria Hlazatova is definitely worth a look.
Isabella Kelly-Ramirez grew up in Santa Barbara California. She studied fine art at UCLA and received her BA in 2008. Isabella’s work pervades many mediums. It is a critique of pop culture and society through a lens of humor, irony and sarcasm. Cosmetic color palettes, sparkly things, liberal use of pattern texture and a healthy smattering of fashion and design are implemented to render her imagery. She works in Los Angeles.
” I am a British illustrator living in Vancouver who has worked across a wide variety of media including editorial, printed textile design, promotion, advertising, cd covers and branding. I exhibit work in the UK and internationally and like all things quirky, scary and surreal; drawing inspiration from dusty attic treasures, behavioural ponderings, a desolate art film or two, unnerving animals, nature and adventures.” – Ruth Munro
Daliah Ammar is a nineteen-year-old Palestinian-American artist based in Chicago, IL. Daliah is currently earning her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The purpose of Daliah’s work is to transcend the notion of the self and the physicality of paint, resonating from her own vulnerable and personal experiences – as a means of conveying life as it blooms and decays from within. Expressing that awareness of the self and reflecting to the viewer establishes a relationship between themselves and herself. Daliah’s works are confrontational, yet, intimate and personal – using the painted surface as a trope for the physical and psychological presence between the inner self and external viewer.
“Contemporary artist Mike Nelson transforms the white cube space which we are all familiar, into a place which can seem uncanny and eerie. When entering a contemporary gallery you expect, crisp white walls and modest architecture but Nelson transforms the white cube space into a scene which wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic film. Nelson’s exhibitions preserve a minimal quality considering the intensity of the pieces. Talking about the piece, To the Memory of H.P Lovecraft (1999,2008) Nelson says, “I’ve always had a slight fear of piles of junk that function purely as decorative ephemera but only act as a signifier of a certain type of installation…I think it’s a constant worry that you’ll make this amount of effort to have something that just becomes spectacle, as opposed to something which moves somebody or encourages somebody to empathize with what you’re trying to lure them into, or coax them towards.” (FlashArtonline) Nelson genuinely seems concerned about how the spectator will receive his work. It’s apparent that he is interested in how the space operates the work and how the work operates the space and how both these issues have an effect on the spectator. The space in which art is exhibited in has been a concern for artists for years, but it’s not until recently that artists have begun abandoning objects within the space and just considered the context of the space.”
‘Atladóttir & d’Ors provides the cabinet with an imagined republic created in the realm of creative imagination. Their works evokes questions of beauty to uncertainty, that what we know is sometimes less important than what we don’t know, the island of Bellona offers a metaphor that the difference between what is real and not real is just a matter of imagination and perception.’
Rachel Whiteread, CBE (born 20 April 1963) is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. ‘Over the last decade she has developed a significant international reputation, creating major public works in both Europe and the United States.