12.07.11

Miami-based artist NFN Kalyan created several sculptural portraits for an ongoing series he entitled ‘Nature of the Beast’. The  portrait boxes are comprised of 20+ laser etched glass panes and are backlit with LED lighting contained within in a walnut base. The frames for each portrait was hand drawn by Kalyan. Way way cool.

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Local (Denver) artist Jason Thielke recently released a giclée print simply titled ‘Head Study’ that you can pick up here via his personal store front. If you are interested in the original art you can contact the David B. Smith Gallery.

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One of my favorite young designers who is now becoming a shit-hot illustrator, Nelson Balaban participated in his first ever solo exhibition a few weeks back. The show was titled ‘Selfish’ (hence the great self portrait above) and he managed to generate some very inspiring imagery for the show. You can take a look here.

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12.01.11

This amazing laser-etched poster for the Coen Brothers version of the Movie ‘True Grit’ goes on sale tomorrow morning at a random time through Mondo. Only 33 will be released and if you have the hefty amount $450 bucks to let loose then it could be yours.

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11.22.11

McBess has updated with some new work to his fantastic portfolio and added a little tweak to his wholly unique and totally recognizable style. That tweak arrives in the form of color and it’s something he swears he hates and will never do again but I kinda like it.

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“George Dawe was an English portrait artist who painted 329 portraits of Russian generals active during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I’m using digital copies of these paintings as a basis for my own work which involves incorporating my friends, family and even some celebrities into the paintings using photoshop.”

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10.31.11

Fear.Less is a collaborative project between Daniel Ting ChongJordan Metcalf. The objects are all representative of weapons/items used in acts of crime in South Africa, both by criminal and the law.


The objects seek to playfully examine the place of fear and crime in South Africa context, framing our obsession with violence and the casual paranoia we all seem to suffer from. By scaling the objects and turning them into artworks, the artists aim to re-contextualise  the place these items hold in our everyday lives.

Several different production methods were used to create the final wooden objects.”

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Jeremy Pruitt is a Denver based artist, designer, sculptor, poster designer, illustrator, blogger and just all around bag o’ art fantasticness. He’s also a very humble, low-key and kind person who does what he does out of pure passion and love of the arts. He’s a really valuable addition to the local scene here in Denver and he’s made waves lately both nationally and internationally. You can follow his amazing blog The Lumper to see what inspires him and he recently updated his Flickr-folio with some excellent new work.

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10.28.11

World famous doodler (that doesn’t sound quite right but you know what I mean) Jon Burgerman has updated his website with all manner of colorful new works. He’s also included a blog this go round that details some of the goings on in his life and that’s always a nice feature when you really love an artist and a lot of people love them some Burgerman.

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10.13.11

It’s been a little while since I dropped in on pop culture, psychedelic painter extraordinaire Dave MacDowell and I am glad I did because he has since posted some new works to his Flickrfolio for the Thinkspace Gallery that are fantastic.

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The ‘paintings’ or rather sculptural paintings of Linda Besemer mind bend your mind a little in the way that they merge dimensionality, form and color all seamlessly into one piece that when viewed from multiple angles has an even more psychedelic effect on the viewer. Her work is currently on display at Galerie Richard in Paris.

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10.10.11

Yanni Floros is an Adelaide based artist that trained at the National Art School in Sydney and graduated as a sculpture major. Perhaps this helps to explain how he can literally sculpt his drawings created with the use of a charcoal pencil generating imagery that truly jumps right off of the page. Prepare yourself for some amazing talent.

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09.23.11

Alright this is just one more reason that as a new studio ourselves, we are totally inspired and motivated by studios like I Love Dust. Out of a sheer love for kitsch and art they have put together an exhibition devoted to the colorful characters known only as professional wrestlers and have specifically dedicated the show to members of said part that have departed the land of the living. The event is called The Dead Wrestler Society and will be exhibiting at The Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, PORTSMOUTH with a preview 21 September 6pm – 8pm and the full showing from 21 September to 30 October 2011. I so wish I could attend this one. What a great idea.

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Painter and illustrator Casey Weldon recently updated with some new work including the lovely painting above for the Pixies tribute show.

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09.19.11

Painter Michael Peck uses oil to create some truly beautiful works of art that feel almost like snapshots from distant memories. The ability to paint in such a style has always amazed me and Peck is a master.

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09.14.11

Artist Jeremy Fish is still doing his thing and has updated lately with some excellent work. His hand is so airtight now it almost looks like vector art. He keeps honing his craft though and getting better at what he does and there are some wonderful works in his portfolio.

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Chinese illustrator Qian Yi is generating some downright beautiful digital and traditional paintings at a rate that belies a serious talent not just as a digital artist or illustrator but a contemporary one.

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Painter Joe Forkan has created an entire series based off of the film The Big Lebowski. Awesome you say? Why yes but before you accept it at face value as a fan of one of the strangest and most wonderful films of all time, Forkan is a serious painter who has done his homework and in many ways paints in the style of the old masters. He was drawn to the symbolism and attention the Coen brothers brought to the movie and has attempted to translate that very energy into his paintings.

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