Australian born, England based illustrator Nick Sheehy, who also goes by the alias Showchicken, popped up on my radar last night and I fell in love with his work. His work has a style reminiscent of the past, with lots of lovely cross hatching and muted colors. The details of each piece are really remarkable, you can tell Nick puts a ton of work into these. I’m also fond of his subject matter which leans heavily on the theme of nature. He expresses the tone of the work though in an sort of story book atmosphere that has a spiritual undertone. Overall his work is extremely beautiful, and if you’d like to see more click here.
Bouncing off of what Bobby posted Monday, I thought I’d share an installation where artist Troika bends light through a pretty clever use of the Fresnel lens. It is, of course, an optical illusion that make it appear as if the lightwaves (or is it particles?) are magically bending in a graceful, gothic arc. But it’s not magic, it’s science. Light actually doesn’t bend this way, even though it can be bent by gravity. Here, the light passes over a large surface of the angled lens, so when the light passes through the lens, it propigates in straight lines that intersect each other on the other side, overlapping to create the appearance of an arch. In this designboom video, Troika knows that the improbability of bending light is part of the installation’s allure, saying “even though you know it is an illusion… even though you know it is not possible, you are ready to forfeit that feeling and go with it.”
Spanish artist ARYZ makes creating street art look easy. A resident of Barcelona, ARYZ has an incredible style that he adapts to both indoor and outdoor environments. I’m personally partial to the gigantic murals he creates, which are these intensely colored pieces of bold imagery. There’s an offbeat sense of humor to what his work which I think pairs nicely with the vibrancy of the work.
I found the video below which gives a nice look into how he makes his pieces. The guy is a serious artist, don’t let his choice of tools fool you.
I don’t know much about the work of xhxix (in fact, nothing at all), only that he’s a Japanese artist. His work is done digitally, though from the looks of the pieces above I doubt you could tell. His portraits are always brightly colored with a bit of an abstract, surreal edge to them. The men portrayed have this bizarre realness, an energy that he’s able to capture quite beautifully. If you’d like to see more of his work click here.
I spent a little while this morning visiting the website of Adrian Johnson. The Liverpool-born illustrator has a massive archive of projects and over the years he’s worked with an impressive range of clients including Adidas, Paul Smith, Monocle and The New York Times. I really wanted to share some of his work with you today but out of the 72 projects on his site I really didn’t know where to even begin. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this series of prints he created called The Tear Trilogy and absolutely loved it!
Made up of a minotaur, a diver and an organ grinder, the series is a lot of fun. I love his simple use of line and his bold use of color. These four color silk screen prints are currently available to buy from his online store and more work can be seen on his main website here. Go check him out!