Oil painter Alex Gross mish-mashes references to pop consumerism in surrealistic and sometimes apocalyptic portraits that could double as cynical ads. It’s imagery that is tailer made for Adbusters. Some of the most interesting paintings mix in current references to popular fashion and the constant distraction of cellular culture. He’s an artist with a point of view and the best guess is that when he looks around at where society currently stands, he probably isn’t particularly fond of what he’s seeing.
I am super impressed by the beautiful and technically amazing oil paintings of Emily Burns who seems to garner a share of inspiration for the chaos created through making a mess. You can view her work via two websites, her illustration site and her home art website. She has little to say about herself but her paintings say it all.
Culture motif mixing artist Scott Anderson received his first BFA from Kansas State and from their went on to earn a MFA at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His surreal and sometimes apocalyptic visions are realized in oil and he has exhibited mostly throughout the U.S. since earning his MFA.
Oil painter Gglennray Tutor paints mind-numbing trompe l’oeil landscapes that are so meticulous in detail it’s almost hart to imagine they could be accomplished by the human hand. There are so many things at work here, light, form, dimension and pop culture.
Artist Bruce Wilhelm is responsible for some genuinely trippy stallion-inspired collage style paintings. After the initial shock of the strangeness, you can take in the technical skill required to achieve the imagery.
You begin browsing the photographs of artist James Chronister and think, ‘well these are nice.’ Then you scroll down and read the title and description of the work and realize that you aren’t actually looking at photographs, you are looking at oil paintings. Then you really start to pay close attention because the detail is phenomenal.
Artist Michael Zavros paints fashion-inspired imagery that appears as almost photographic upon first glance. His work is meticulously crafted and the resulting imagery of his labor is genuinely beautiful. Not an easy feat with oil paint.
I am really a fan of the surrealist landscape paintings of Rick Leong. You can see more in his Flickr-folio. There is something almost akin to old Japanese prints happening within some of the imagery. I would love to see his work in person.
Self taught oil painter, illustrator and photographer, Mattijn Franssen has developed a magnificent catalogue of work, most specifically his fanciful photo montage work! He also maintains a Flickr page thats worth a look.
Seriously amazing, absolutely amazing paintings from Denver-based Lucong. A true young master. I can’t say enough about the enormity of the talent here. Really stunning and the fact that he lives in Denver is fantastic. Its always great to discover truly inspiring talent right in your own backyard.
05/18 SENDAK PASSES The brilliant author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83 but will no doubt be remembered for generations to come for his amazing books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
04/12 ZIMMERMAN FACES MURDER In a case we’ve been following closely there is finally what we think is some good news to report. George ZImmerman, the man accused of killing the innocent teenager Trayvon Martin has been taken into custody and charged with second degree murder. At last there is some justice.
12/16 HITCHENS DIES Outspoken author and pundit Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62 after succombing to a long battle with cancer. His honest and bravado opinion that rarely favored one side versus the other but was instead often a cry for ‘reason’ will be missed.
11/23 BURZYNKSI CLINIC Is there an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer? Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski seems to think so and has been experiencing higher rate of success than the current accepted practice of treating cancer.