Saturday, January 30, 2010

Strangely Colorful

Yoko d'Holbachie painted this rich and colorful world of creatures. They are cute, strange, and eye-catching. Yoko has always had an imaginative mind, yet she is unable to explain the creation of her work as she explains that these images are a part of her. She uses both medium of digital and/or oil painting methods. Yoko explains that she uses a computer for rough sketches and sometimes completing her work digitally, but she finds herself using oil painting more frequently.

Graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Yoko d'Holbachie is an up and coming artist as her work is exhibited globally. She work as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies, publications, entertainment, video games, as well as teaching art in Tokyo.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free To Create

A self-taught freelance artist from Switzerland, David Fuhrer uses his illustration and computer skills to create these elaborate artwork. David has always been passionate with astronomy, psychology, biology and philosophy which reflects in his work. You could view his digital art in greater detail through his interactive website which won an FWA award.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Delicate Nostalgia

An award winning children's book illustrator, Nicoletta Ceccoli painted these surreal, creative and beautiful artwork. She has always been obsessed with dolls, hence the subjects in her personal art and book illustrations, delivering a imaginative dream-like quality.

Nicoletta Ceccoli graduated from the Institute of Art in Urbino, Italy. She has been awarded the Andersen prize as best Italian illustrator of the year, and a four time winner of the Communication Arts for an "Award of Excellence."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Darker Side Of Life

These photographs are as real as it gets. It is difficult to view the entire photos from his website because of the strong statement of visual violence, but his documentation strikes an emotional reaction as Boogie captured the darker side of human existence.

Growing up in Belgrade, Boogie was familiar with violence and poverty. Upon receiving a camera from his father, he has been using photography as a medium to record the negative side of life. After winning a United States green card lottery, he has been living in New York since 1998, documenting on the inner city life by spending 3 years in the public housing project, hanging out with gang members and drug addicts.

On the lighter side, Boogie is currently married and have a daughter. He started shooting in color and have been focusing on architecture, nature and still life. He has a solo show in Paris, November 2010.

"Great images are everywhere, you just need to see them." – Boogie

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Painting With Clay

Working in Premo polymer clay and wires, Meredith Dittmar created these amazing, illustrative and colorful sculptures using symmetrical, geometric and organic shapes. She came from a family of engineers, but during her freshman year in college, Meredith discovered polymer clay in a bead store which changed her life. She slowly migrated from a Flash designer and developer to sculpting full-time. In addition to sculpting for galleries, she created "My Guys" which is for sale through her website as well as creating commercial illustration with clay. Meredith is located in Portland, Oregon. The images posted are currently on display at the Upper Playground in Mexico City, ending February 6, 2010.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Union Of Two

"Sleepers" is a series of photographs that caught my eye. The beauty of sleep and body language. Nora Herting explained, "In sleep the mind is unconscious yet the body remains sentient." She continues, "The bed is the site of both sexual pleasure and rest. Despite the warm and tender feelings associated with sleeping with another person, each person enters unconsciousness alone. By changing context and by forcing the union of two disparate images I invite a narrative of romantic and sexual disconnection and tension." All images are archival photographs at 54" x 72" wide, the exact size of a full bed.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Metaphoric Language

Artist and Painter Samuli Heimonen states, "All my latest paintings portray animals in different situations.  The focus itself is not in animals but in human experience.  Animals are metaphors for unknown, secret, creative side of the world.  My roots as a painter are in surrealism and symbolism."

Samuli Heimonen graduated with an MFA at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.  He was chosen as Finland's "Young Artist of the Year in 2008."  His work are in several collections, Helsinki City Art Museum, The City of Porvoo, The Paulo Foundation, Art Centre Salmela, The University of Art and Design in Helsinki and more.