Saddo is an Romanian artist whose career has switched gears. Starting out as a muralist, his style was was noticed by advertising agencies and galleries in cities around the world.
Saddo’s visual language has many disparate influences, including horror movie posters, comics, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Rousseau, naturalistic illustrations of plants and animals, pop surrealism, and religion. Wow! This is reflected in his paintings and illustrations, which feature realistically-formed figures that are often in busy, lusciously-colored scenes.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you might remember when this artist collaborated with Aitch on Memory. Check it out—it’s my favorite iteration of the classic card game.
Artist and illustrator Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. Did these things really happen or was it just a figment of your imagination?
Her conceptual—and often, thematically dark—work lends itself well to things that aren’t so cheery. Most recently, she created a series of illustrations about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Othello.
Sometimes, a painting can take you somewhere exciting and new—a place where you’ve never been, much less imagined going. That’s how I felt when looking at the work of Tiel Seivl-Keevers, an Australian artist creating ethereal abstract images. With pockets of colors and organic marks, Tiel communicates places of of both splendor and despair, where the path ahead is unknown but there’s an awesome journey along the way.
“I build layers. I erase. I assemble. I alter, until I am satisfied that I have captured the mood and beauty that nature provides,” Tiel writes on her website. “Nature is repetitious and each season brings a memory; a visual, overlapped map that tells a story of new life and death. The destruction that rain and fire can bring, and the beauty that results. Each pod, seed, pebble and shell share a story.”
Tiel’s work is for sale on her website!
Loris Lora’s illustrations are a wonderful fusion of contemporary imagery and a retro artistic style. Using gouache, a dry-brushing technique, and sometimes cut paper, she paints portraits of people admiring their surroundings, dressing in costume, and strumming on the guitar.
Loris was recently in a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California. The exhibition was called An Open Diary, and it brought together artists who “share a playful sensibility and enjoy highlighting life’s small and oftentimes overlooked moments.” You can definitely see these instance in Lois’ work — she shows us that it’s not all about hustle and bustle. Sometimes, you have stop and appreciate what’s right in front of you every day.
Buy original art by Loris through Flower Pepper Gallery’s website! (Also: follow them on Instagram. They’re always posting great stuff.)
Este MacLeod is a UK-based artist whose works are full of color and personality. They’re cubist-inspired paintings that offer beautiful depictions of nature and still lifes, celebrating plants, animals, and idyllic landscapes. They use a flattened sense of perspective which makes their compositions complex. Every inch of her work is covered in vibrant hues and small shapes.
In her Etsy shop, Este sells prints, notebooks, and cards of her artwork. Brighten up your home with some of her vibrant works! How could you look at these and not feel happy?
Artists, illustrators, and makers: do you keep a lot of your work from years past? Personally, I’m bad at that. I have the itch to clean and discard, which means I’m often getting rid of work that’s on my computer but is taking up too much space in my apartment. That’s why, when artist Kyle Pellet contacted me about his new publication, Wonkyvision, I was intrigued. It’s a collection of his drawings from 2010 to now.
Published by Valley Cruise Press, this 32-page zine showcases Kyle’s sense of humor and his wacky characters throughout the years. They pepper the pages, bringing an absurdest joy to the entire thing. Check out some of the spreads below. I love how he manipulates photos, paintings, and other drawings. They all look like they’re in Kyle’s “world,” but occupy different parts of it.
I was first introduced to Kris Chau’s work when I was in undergrad. She was a guest professor for a “lifestyle” illustration class I was taking, and I fell in love with her way of drawing. Chau uses beautiful lines throughout each piece that have a lyrical feel to them. And when she’s not doing that, she peppers her work with lovely patterns.
If you check out Chau’s blog, she does a lot of sketching. I’ve included some of them here, and they are handled more loosely than her paintings. She couples this treatment with ethereal depictions of goddesses, mermaids, and spirits. It creates an appropriately dreamlike world.
Instagram alert: she has one. Follow her! (And how about me, while you’re at it?)
I first saw the work of Anna Valdez over on Boooooooom, and I can’t seem to get them out of my head. The meticulous detail, mash up of patterns, textures, and plants that inhabitant her interior spaces are a delight to view. Boy, do I wish I had that collection of rugs and plates…