08.06.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Jesús Perea

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Gorgeous collages by Spanish artist Jesús Perea. Lots more images below, really love his work.

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04.06.15 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based Artist and Tattooer Shannon Elliott

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Tattoos by Vancouver-based artist Shannon Elliott. More images below.

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03.06.15 by Jeff

Collages by Rosanna Webster

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Collages by London-based artist Rosanna Webster.

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03.06.15 by Zach Tutor

Artist Spotlight: Glennray Tutor

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Eight new paintings by Mississippi based artist Glennray Tutor completed over the last year. Glennray says the marbles are meant to be metaphorical alternate universes or dimensions that even without our knowing affect our lives, casting their color onto us. Tutor also changes and adds words to the romance comic panels to further the narrative of his pieces. Continue below for more brand new pieces.

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02.06.15 by Jeff

An Interview with Tokyo-Based Illustrator Wakana Yamazaki

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Our first-ever Booooooom t-shirt is for sale until Thursday! 3 more days and then it’s gone forever! Purchase it here.

The artist behind the design is Tokyo-based illustrator Wakana Yamazaki. We commissioned her to create a graphic in her wildly original style, and this junk food man was exactly what we were hoping for! Below is a short interview with Wakana.

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Jeff Hamada: Where are you living right now, and what’s your favourite thing about living there?

Wakana Yamazaki: I live in Chiba Prefecture. Favourite thing is a lot of friends are living near and easy to commute to the workplace in Tokyo.

JH: Do you like natto? I love it, but lots of my Japanese friends hate it.

WY: It has strong unique smell, but I love it! I buy natto rolls for lunch as well.

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JH: Have you traveled much outside of Japan?

WY: I sometimes go for a trip to Asia because the travel expenses are low. I plan to go to Vietnam with a friend next year.

JH: Vietnam is amazing I was there a year ago! What do you and your friends do for fun in Chiba?

WY: I envy you! Did you go to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Vietnam? I really want to go there. In Chiba, I go to music festivals and Disneyland, and the big flea market is fun. And it’s fun to create together at friend’s house.

JH: I didn’t go to the theme park – next time! Can you describe the last dream you had?

WY: I could not remember it well, but I often have dreams that usually mix B movies.

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JH: What’s your favourite B movie?

WY: “Terror Vision” “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” Both movies I like are silly.

JH: You have a very unique illustrative style! Something about it reminds me of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animation (which was done by a Canadian animator, George Dunning). What things are influencing your work?

WY: I was influenced by Seymour Chwast of the push pin studios. His old picture book is colorful and graphical, and it’s really great. I like psychedelic illustrations of the 70’s and 60’s, and comics of Guy Peellaert. Of course I also love Yellow Submarine animation.

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JH: I would love to see your work animated, is this something you’ve ever though about?

WY: Of course, I’d be really glad if it comes true. When drawing the work, it seems that it’s moving in my head. I’d like to visualize it.

JH: What are some Tokyo-based bands I should check out?

WY: Well, I don’t hear so much Japanese music. A metal band I like is “Ningen Isu”. I recommend it to heavy metal fans.

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JH: Do you do illustration as a full-time job? Or you have another job too?

WY: I work as a freelance illustrator while doing the work of the design in a company.

JH: Can we end this interview with a quote that you like?

WY: A Japanese proverb “好きこそ物の上手なれ”. “Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.”

 

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01.06.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Muirhead

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Drawings and paintings by artist Sarah Muirhead, from her solo show “Bonded”, opening this week at Leyden Gallery (London). See a selection of images below.

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29.05.15 by Zach Tutor

Artist Spotlight: Shin Kwangho

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Shin Kwangho creates massive portraits using incredibly thick and large brush strokes of very selective colors to portray his subjects.  Continue below to see more of Shin’s work.

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28.05.15 by Jeff

San Francisco-Based Artist Heather Day

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A selection of abstract paintings by San Francisco-based artist Heather Day, who is originally from Hawaii. More images below.

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