Nov 20, 2015
is currently a design student at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. Peep more of his work here
Nov 19, 2015
California based artist Brandon Ragnar Johnson
's aesthetic is born at the intersection of illustration and design. His work is often some combination of the things he most loves; film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men's magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, punk rock, monsters and old Las Vegas. His work has been collected in numerous books and can be found on television, films, apparel, toys, textiles, home goods, museums and galleries. His clients include- Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Gigantic, Spectrum, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, Sony, MTV, Matel, Bad Robot. Partners include Lamps Plus, Cranston Fabrics, Dark Horse, 3D Retro, Sin In Linen, House Of Secrets, Mead, and ACME Archives.
Nov 17, 2015
" Inspired by natural and supernatural processes of transformation, I strive to depict fantastic metamorphoses of extraordinary subjects in my paintings, drawings, and installations. I am fascinated by the various phases of transmutation. Much of my work may be described as portraits of non-people, still lifes of non-objects, or landscapes of non-places. Portions of the image may be decipherable, suggesting a current state, while there are others that may foretell what the form will be in the future, and still others that will recall past incarnations. The finished piece becomes a snapshot of numerous brief, ephemeral moments charged with perpetual tension. My imagery is inspired by disparate sources: from work by artists Francis Bacon and Hieronymus Bosch, to anatomical, botanical and geological studies as well as science fiction films of the 1970-80s. They reveal to me a longstanding investigation into the mutability of biological states. Any organism, living or not -- plant, animal, or bacteria -- left to the earth’s natural cycles become chemically hybridized forms, subject to further varied expressions of inherently the same matter. I render these paintings in a language drawn from the craft of horror because I am also interested in engaging with the fear of the unknown, the undecipherable, and a state of uncertainty. However, I believe there are moments of anticipated hope in my work, as well as awareness that through these massive shifts, though the process may be difficult or appear destructive or alien, something majestic and beautiful can be revealed." - Scott Greenwalt