Gabriel Dawe challenges the long-held notions of machismo through his art. He grew up in Mexico and as a child, he was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, areas which are usually reserved for women. He now lives in Texas and has made a name for himself with his colorful thread installations especially his “Plexus” series.
Léo Caillard is the artist behind Street Stone. With a liberal application of modern clothes, he has a given new twist to ancient statues scattered all around the Louvre. Of course, he wasn’t actually allowed to dress up the statues themselves, so he did the next best thing. He took shots of his friends who were dressed in trendy clothes while they mimicked the poses of the classic stone figures. A clever bit of digital manipulation transferred the clothes to the statues, turning the ancient stone hip and trendy.
Aubrey Elizabeth is the founder of Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary. Custom-made soaps has long been in the market but none are as scrumptious as Aubrey’s faux food soaps. Her mother always told her that ‘a homemade gift is better’ so she started making soap to give away to friends and family. They recognized the marketability of her products and the rest, as they say, is history. I just hope no one leaves her special soap in the kitchen counter or someone is bound to be frothing at the mouth.
Like most artists, Viktor Sheleg has been drawing since early childhood. At twelve, he has taught himself to paint. He was born in Lomonosov, near Saint-Petersberg, Russia in 1952. When Victor was three, he and his family moved to Latvia where he still lives and works today. According to him, his paintings are inspired by chaos and guided by emotions and energy.
Rob Woodcox stumbled into the world of photography in 2009 and has been pursuing it ever since. His surreal portraits are just as good, if not better than some I’ve seen on magazines. His work has a whimsical quality to it that makes the viewer think and imagine. Serious digital manipulation is involved but one simply can’t argue with fantastic results.
Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is an American photographer and painter who achieved worldwide fame as a photorealist. Though severely paralyzed since 1988, he has continued to produce art. Each piece is highly sought after by collectors and museums all over the world. His latest work involves large-scale portraits made with his own fingerprints. Chuck also has ‘prosopagnosia’, a disorder that impairs his ability to recognize faces. This, according to him, explains his deep fascination with portraiture.
Ray Sumser is a New York-based artist whose “Characternity” brings together around 2,500 pop culture characters from cartoon, comic books, and video games. Ray has been a fan of cartoons and comic books all his life so it comes as no surprise that he would make an illustration of all the characters he could think of. According to him: “From a very early age, I wanted to bring characters from unrelated stories together. In the past five years my work has revolved around fantastic landscapes where characters from our most beloved stories coexist, compete and collaborate.”
Samuel Silva is a self-taught artist whose ballpoint portraits are slowly gaining popularity. His began drawing at the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. Samuel is also proficient in pastels, pencil, chalk, color pencils,oils, and acrylics. It takes quite a while for him to finish a piece and his drawings are few and far in between. According to him, ballpoint pens are a powerful, if underestimated medium. He said: “It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it.”
Andrew Gorkovenko’s packaging design for Triptea is simply tea-rrific. TripTea is a one of the rare brands which takes a closer look at its own product. They wanted their packaging to embody the product itself in a new and creative way. Andrew, a Moscow-based advertising designer, decided to illustrate easily recognizable scenery from the country of the tea’s origin.
Color is something we take for granted in our everyday lives. It’s not until it’s gone that we could appreciate its presence. Artist Tauba Auerbach created this dazzling 8” x 8” x 8” hardbound book with the help of Daniel E. Kelm and Leah Hughes. The “RGB Colorspace Atlas” illustratesthe RGB gradient in the page-by-page format using digital offset printing paper. It can be used as a reference volume by artists and, as an added bonus, may also be used as an effective doorstop. Click here for more »