I don’t know anyone who quite makes art like Miroco Machiko. An artist and illustrator from Osaka, Japan, Machiko work is raw and expressive. I really love it. There’s a real purity in the way that she creates images and the work feels kind of primitive but in the best possible way.
Over the last few months Astrid Yskout has been adding a steady collection of new work to her site and I’ve really been enjoying it. Living and working as a freelance illustrator in Belgium, Astrid has been creating illustrations for a selection of interesting projects for a while.
Take for example the picture above, it’s called ‘The Wardrobe of Fantasy’ and it was made for elmonstruodecoloresnotieneboca; a project that aims to illustrate the dreams of children from all over the world. The dream was dreamt by Adriana, a 9 year old from Spain: “One day I got inside the wardrobe and there was ice and it snowed, and I was the queen there.” she says. It’s a pretty great concepts and a really cool illustration.
Andrew Masullo is often described as ‘a painter’s painter’. His vibrant canvases might be small but they really do burst with a charming energy. Through his work, Masullo is interested in form, colour and composition and he has a real talent for striping these down to their purest elements and turning them into deceptively simple looking work. His skill for painting strange organic shapes is wonderful to see and the playful nature of what he creates is an absolute joy.
Born in New Jersey, Masullo studied at Rutgers and found success exhibiting in the East Villliage during the early 80s. Since then he’s conitiued to exhibit up and down America, taking part in group shows and solo exhibtions. In 2012 he showed at the Whitney Museum’s 2012 Biennial.
I originally discovered the work of Anna Kövecses on this very site. A previous runner-up of our Re-Covered Books competition, I found her work to be an utter delight. Filled with bold shapes and bright colors, there is something sharp, confident and striking in her illustrations that I absolutely love. Recently she worked with the BBC to create a small series of illustrations for a kids story-writing competitions called 500 words and the resulting work is an absolute joy!
It would seem that Romain Veillon has a thing for deserted places. The French photographer’s website is filled with stunning shots of desolate buildings and his eye captures the haunting beauty that can be found in the many secret places that lie abandoned in our world. His series “Les Sables du Temps” (The Sands of Time) is one such example and it’s absolutely beautiful. Shot in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, these surreal scenes show the interior of buildings slowly being swallowed by the desert.