Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sam Weber

Sam Weber was born in Alaska and grew up in Ontario.  After graduating from Alberta College of Art & Design, he moved to New York to begin his illustration career.  He completed his graduate work at the School of Visual Arts.

Jim Skull

The artist calling himself Jim Skull creates intricate sculptures of his namesake: skulls. using a variety of different materials, the new Caledonia-born artist uses the skull form as his means of expression. Skull is now based in Paris and makes elaborate skulls using rope, papier mache and other materials.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Joel Nakamura

Award-winning New Mexico artist/illustrator Joel Nakamura works in a complex neo-primitive style that blends folk art and contemporary iconography.  His lively hues and use of unusual materials, like punched tin, combine to create engaging images sometimes based on tribal art and mythology.

His clients include Time Magazine, US News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wiktor Sadowski

Polish artist Wiktor Sadowski has created posters for theatre, movies, dance companies and opera. Born in Poland in 1956, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1981 and became a part of the revival of Polish poster art in the 1980's.  Sadowski's work blurs the line between fine art and commercial art, revealing as much about the artist as the subject. 

More HERE.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ludek Vojtechovsky

Ludek Vojtechovsky was born in 1959 in Caslav, currently lives in Pardubice. He started to take pictures at the age of 14, when he was given his first camera. Towards the end of the 1980s he slowly began to abandon the documentation of urban settings--its streets, courtyards and secluded spots. By the mid-1990s he had shut himself off from the present in a dark studio, completely ignoring fashionable and accepted trends in contemporary photography, creating his own intimate black-and-white world. The photographer describes his work this way: "I keep having a persistent dream. I'm getting ready to jump off a bridge into the murky waters of a river... that's what I experience in the darkroom: plunging into a different space, one that is limited to an A4 format piece of black card. The engine driving my work is the endless possibilities where dreams become reality and reality dreams. I want to explore them and come to know them intimately... they line my way forward through a countryside made of games that give sense and life.

Vojtechovsky's abstracted photographs of natural elements have become his own beautiful and surrealistic landscape...

Nicola Samori

Known for the smoldering intensity of his figurative work, and a dedication to preserving antiquated styles and themes in his paintings, Samorì deftly wields his artist's brush to create moody and atmospheric pieces that weigh heavily both physically and metaphorically. The creation of each of his compositions is marked by ceremony before a systematic deconstruction. Samorì is most successful, however, in creating timeless pieces of art in spite of -- or perhaps even because of -- the heavy Baroque influence that runs throughout his body of work. They are as relevant today as they would have been in Michelangelo's -- an obvious influence in Samorì's work -- 16th century Italian Renaissance. The classical beauty imbued in each of his pieces is only surpassed by his technical aptitude. Samorì is, at the heart of it, a master storyteller and the work as enigmatic as the man.  -Maria R. Benenate, from The Huffington Post, 11/01/2012