Francis Pienaar

Francis Pienaar is a visual artist based in Toronto. And that broad description is as specific as it will get. His illustration work is among the best we’ve seen in a while. But the photography and 3D work is worth mentioning too. Take a look at a selection of his illustrations here. The subtle use of lines and hard colors will surely claim your attention.

Simen Johan

Simen Johan was born in Kirkenes, in the far north of Norway. Some of his work emulates traditional nature photography, and there’s some intended irony in that. But there’s also sincerity, because Simen really does enjoy making beautiful images of nature. Beauty alone, though, doesn’t echo his experience of the world, which is more complex and multilayered. In Simen’s versions of “nature photography” darker qualities are also included.

Patrik Lindell

The minimalist photographs of Patrik Lindell portrait things in a stark and unique way. His compositions are straight-forward and capture subtle details, pattern, color and structure. The photos convert the roughness of industrial areas into delicate, symmetric landscapes.

Heleen Blanken

Concept56 – made possible by Jägermeister – is a traveling project that gave five talents the possibility to organise a one-time only event. All Under One Roof is the result of their work. Visual artist Heleen Blanken will host one of three rooms at Studio/K in Amsterdam. In this video, Blanken explains the strong connection between her work and nature. She deeply respects the perfection of it. One questions she asks herself is; what in this world is real when nature is so perfect?

Kemi Mai

Kemi Mai aka Drawinds is an 18 year old artist painting with pixels instead of a brush. She’s using Photoshop and a tablet to create her amazing expressive works. Specializing in female portraits, the British artist often sets her subjects against surreal settings, incorporating geometric shapes or nature elements. Kemi is a self-taught artist who has been painting for almost two years.

Horyon Lee

Horyon Lee creates fetishized images of women’s bodies, revealed through lifted or taken down skirts. He reflects different positions between men who are tempted and women who tempt as a symbolical expression of eroticism. The women in the painting, who are the object of desire, are presented as exhibitionists who explicitly expose their femininity regardless of voyeurs. The overlapping images create a dynamic impression, as if they were moving.

Mark Wagner

The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.

Jules Vincent

Jules Vincent is a photographer who points his camera towards buildings and other architectural objects. His main focusses are lines and reflections. The angle of the shots pull the objects out of their surroundings. This makes it hard to see the context of the shot, which is interesting.

Simon Stålenhag

Simon Stålenhag is an artist based in the countryside outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Simon has been involved with a lot of different projects, ranging from films, commercials and book covers to art directing and concepting for video games. He’s also the second half of Pixeltruss (the other half being Tommy Salomonsson), who recently released the amazing 16-bit platformer Ripple Dot Zero.

Martin Wunderwald

Martin Wunderwald is a photographer from Dresden, Germany. He has an eye for still, slightly bizarre compositions. And if you have a good look, the colors fit in the same color palette.

We will not rest

After spending the early years of his life as a mute Stephen found his voice through drawing. Later diagnosed with autism, drawing began to be the way he communicated with the world. At the age of nine he began to speak and his art continued to flourish. Stephen has the amazing talent of drawing city skylines from memory. Having spent only a few hours in a helicopter flying from Brooklyn to the tip of Manhattan, he memorized the city skyline and headed back to a studio to begin his drawing.

Jon Contino

As a New York native, Jon Contino has been under the influence of corporate mass marketing and inspirational street art since his first breath. Not surprisingly, he has garnered considerable attention for his unique approach to design utilizing hand-drawn lettering and typographic illustration in conjunction with a modern, yet minimalistic sensibility.

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