09.01.11

Wow, there are some surreal images floating around in the mind of painter Tania Blanco. Fortunately she is able to put them on canvas in an absolutely exquisite way that beguiles an amazing talent.

 

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08.14.11

Juan Travieso is a young Cuban painter and illustrator with a strange, cubist, psychedelic naturalism to his work that is on trend but still unique. It makes me think a bit of what it might look like if the band MGMT were to paint instead of sing.

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Illustrator Olaf Hajek has a loose, painterly and interpretive style that he crafts to suite the requirements of each project. His work runs through nearly every emotion from light and dreamy to moody and dark.

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07.20.11

Andrew Hem’s introspective, otherworldly paintings explore realities one step away from our everyday waking life.” Hem shared a mixture of Cambodian cultural influence in his upbringing combined with time spent in Los Angeles. These two very different influences are most definitely apparent in his artwork.

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07.14.11

Hype Beast recently posted a great interview with one of my favorite artists and illustrators James Jean. The impetus for the interview is Jean’s latest book ‘Process Rebus’ but the interview dives in further to Jean’s process and philosophy.

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07.08.11

Pat Perry is one of those rare artists whose talent is totally unbound by media. He’s an excellent painter, drawer and photographer. The work in his sketchbook alone would make any artist flush with jealousy at such obvious talent. His blog is simply spilling over with inspiration all coming from none other than himself.

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06.17.11

Artist Robert Proch creates kinetic loose free-form yet subjective imagery that he is somehow able to translate through the mediums of canvas, paper, walls and into animation.

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06.12.11

Jason Hernandez is a California born and based artist and designer with a unique artistic vision that intertwines religion, war, popular culture, technology, aliens, astronauts and nazis. He’s an extremely talented artist who somehow makes it all work beautifully.

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Artist Winston Chmielinksi’s work blends photography, collage and paint and in doing so blurs the lines between the subject and the abstraction thereof.

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06.06.11

Calling artist Jacques de Beaufort’s work trippy is in no way disrespectful nor does it lower it’s impact. It’s the word that best fits and is without a doubt the desired effect. It’s meant to expand the imagination, source a deeper form of consciousness and possibly even temporarily derange the senses. The work itself is fairly large in person and I could imagine you would be able to lose yourself in it easily while standing before it.

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05.31.11

Wow, the Spanish artist known as Aryz is one of my new favorites. He moves fluidly between outdoor walls, indoor canvases to graphite and into Photoshop never losing the edge that makes his work special. He’s a genuine talent. There is some highly inspirational work in his portfolio and I would imagine judging by the scale of his outdoor work that seeing it in person is quite striking.

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05.25.11

I had no idea the Mars 1 and Doze Green had joined forces but considering this video is 3 months old I obviously missed the boat on this one. I am a huge fan of both artists equally and the thought of them collaborating got me hot and bothered. There is a great little retrospective and insight about the process of combining their talents in the video above.

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04.27.11

New and of course amazing work has been added to the heavy hitting portfolio of the artistic talent James Jean. His work is as inspiring as ever and you can now spend a healthy dose of time sifting through archives of his again amazing work. Wow. He is truly the real deal.

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Philippe Chabot on his work, “My work deals with absurdity, dumbness, disenchantment, cult and decay. I am interested in the ways television, radio, web and entertainment culture affect our social and individual identities. I am also intrigued by the position of painting among all the other forms of visual media that surrounds us, and I believe that visual art, in its institutional format, is evolving away from the general public.”

I haven’t just flat out ‘liked’ someone’s fine art in a while as much as I like Chabot’s. It’s like a blender of Francis Bacon, Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and maybe just a hair of Walt Disney thrown in for seasoning. It’s everything I love combined.

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03.31.11

Agency Charlie has put together a nice little series of short stories about individuals from various neighborhoods in San Francisco titled Neighbors. This segment focuses on Mike Giant and his life and work as an artist in SF. Mike is someone we have always held in high regard.

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03.21.11

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My friend and local Denver-based artist Jason Thielke recently updated his website with several new pieces he has been working on for upcoming exhibitions. I’ve always liked Jason’s work and he’s got some good looking new stuff at his website.

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03.10.11

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Anne Owens is crafting some delicately strange illustrations in subtle natural colors the induce childlike subconscious memories.

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03.07.11

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French artist Marvin De Deus Ganhitas AKA Black Gepeto is laying down some strange abstract compositions that can be enjoyed via his Flickrfolio. We likey. Very strange yet very hip and of course that perfect combination is very French.

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