Hideaki Kawashima

 photo Hideaki_Kawashima_Untitled_1_2011_1853_412_zpsfdf3d65e.jpg  photo Hideaki_Kawashima_Untitled_3_2011_1855_412_zps5516d616.jpg  photo Hideaki_Kawashima_Untitled_5_2011_1857_412_zpscf1abf03.jpg Japanese painter Hideaki Kawashima is 'currently one of Japan’s rising art stars. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions around the world, among them "Little Boy" curated by Takashi Murakami in New York.'  photo Hideaki_Kawashima_Untitled_4_2011_1856_412_zps35e5e1bd.jpg  photo Hideaki_Kawashima_Untitled_2_2011_1854_412_zpsb44ab663.jpg

Alphonse Maria Mucha

"Alphonse Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 - 14 July 1939) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, most well known for his images of women. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements and designs. Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in the town of Ivancice, Moravia (today's region of Czech Republic). His singing abilities allowed him to continue his education through high school in the Moravian capital of Brünn (today Brno), even though drawing had been his first love since childhood. He worked at decorative painting jobs in Moravia, mostly painting theatrical scenery, then in 1879 moved to Vienna to work for a leading Viennese theatrical design company, while informally furthering his artistic education."

Tohmei Yamashita

 photo 36b845c606808b92c2cfa4dfe91f0bde_zpsfe9d932c.jpg  photo 1e781145515a87ea6b117565b0c9e56d_zpsdafd386e.jpg  photo 317cbf07ae5a77f977d3d492412dc1e5_zps0e02371f.jpg  photo 0c0d797be1e490ce405c8110778ba473_zps3a7f92d1.jpg Very cool handmade dolls created by Japanese artist Tohmei Yamashita.  photo 1_zpsfaa45216.jpg  photo 119a3cd8530646d42a5eb742695e4542_zps6847df7f.jpg  photo 9f6cd617e310c5d00ddbf13aaae87d39_zpsb2219b07.jpg

Mike Kelley

 photo photo-joshua-white-5738_zps62f8bd7c.jpg  photo photo-joshua-white-5875_zps4f554243.jpg  photo IMG_4536_zps8003dc91.jpg Mike Kelley explodes the mind of the American culture with a vision so clear and incisive, he stands as one of the most relevant and influential artists of his time. Springing out of the traditions of pop, Mike Kelley transcends the mere representation and visual exploration of contemporary cultural objects and their iconography, and brings the viewer into the existential space of a culturally created landscape that challenges the veracity of our collective perceived reality.  photo MIKE-0001_02-e1352215647417_zps199c9981.jpg  photo photo-joshua-white-5763_zps6a9da8bc.jpg

Jeffrey T. Larson

 photo SL130_zps836ba667.jpg  photo SL146_zps27e22fe3.jpg  photo SL108_zpsfab1fee5.jpg Jeffrey T. Larson was born in 1962 in Two Harbors, Minnesota and grew up in the Twin Cities. Jeffrey has been trained in the manner of the Old Masters at the prestigious Atelier Lack, a studio /school whose traditions and training methods reach back through impressionism and the 19th centuries French academies. He followed his four-year formal training with museum study in the United States and abroad.  photo SL084_zps85cddcda.jpg  photo SL151_zps1f195274.jpg

Nicole Reber

 photo nicole-reber-big-collage-picasso_zpsaebda079.jpg  photo nicole-reber-big-collage-success_zps4b62477d.jpg  photo nicole-reber-dennis_zps0d0686bb.jpg Check out this wonderful collection of photo collages from Nicole Reber, a New York based artist, poet, and photographer.  photo nicole-reber-paradise_zpsa11299ce.jpg  photo 1_zpsa0efc569.jpg

Tomoaki Suzuki

 photo TS12-4_01-72_zps580cda2f.jpg  photo TS12-3_01-72_zpsfb83bffe.jpg  photo TS12-5_01-72_zps5ce087a6.jpg 'Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki’s diminutive sculptures put a decidedly contemporary twist on the millennia-long tradition of Japanese woodcarving. Drawing on his life in London, Suzuki creates painstakingly detailed portraits of diverse urban youths at one-third their actual size.' (via Art Institute of Chicago)  photo TS12-2_01-72_zps11ca5212.jpg  photo 99a_zpsdb044c55.jpg  photo 99_zps5f1ba12d.jpg  photo 100_zpscdf1f94c.jpg

Foodscapes by Carl Warner

 photo Brocolli-Forest_zpscf22ef00.jpg  photo Stilton-Cottage_zps5ba8a7c4.jpg  photo Bread-Cheese_zps7cea2c7a.jpg The ‘Foodscapes’ are created in Carl’s London studio where they are built on top of a large purpose built triangular table top. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background and sky as the process is very time consuming and so the food quickly wilts under the lights. Each element is then put together in post production to achieve the final image.  photo Cucumber-Bridge_zps8ac3f4c5.jpg  photo Tuscany-Landscape-small_zps62ed1f9d.jpg

David de Ramón

 photo 1_eE_Cerebro1_zps468ab6ea.jpg  photo 1_JuicioAnimal_zps8d10b428.jpg David de Ramón, freelance illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. His works are done for clients in different media (magazines, newspapers, advertising, book covers, murals …) David’s illustrations have been recognized by international publications such as Communication Arts, 3×3 Illustration Annual, Society of Illustrators NY, Spectrum Fantastic Art, Applied Arts and The Society for News Design (SND) among others.  photo 3_TDD_681_zps88c5354d.jpg

Jim Isermann

 photo Isermann_OSU_3_zps06b22b86.jpg  photo Isermann_OSU_5_zpsb4563ac3.jpg Jim Isermann is a practicing artist, based in Palm Springs, California. Since receiving his MFA from the California Institute of Arts in 1980 Isermann's artistic output has chronicled the conflation of post-war industrial design and fine art through popular culture. Functional installations that reclaimed a utopian view of the future while revealing the pathos of that failed promise have maintained an unflagging belief in the beauty of utilitarian design. Through out the 1990's Isermann explored traditional handicraft technique to produce works (i.e.: stained glass, weaving, etc) that are unashamedly beautiful, a beauty that is integral to the limitations and specific characteristics of fabrication. In 1998, following a 15-year survey exhibition organized by David Pagel for UW Milwaukee's institute of visual art, Isermann began to use a computer to design manufactured elements. Realized installations and commissions have employed mass-produced thermal die-cut vinyl decals, plotter-cut mylar decals, ContraVision© ink jet printed vinyl and projects incorporating multiple vacuum-formed ABS plastic panels. In 2003, a 35-foot 5-pendent chandelier, custom carpeting and furniture selection were permanently installed in the atrium of Genentech Hall at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. (via University of California, Riverside)  photo Untitled-1_zps83a0e00c.jpg