This series of colorful abstract works by Brazilian artist Joelson Bugila is full of fun energy. Part of a recent solo exhibition, Bugila’s compositions are a saturated scrapbook of object-oriented details swimming in form, color, and texture.
California-based artist Brian Scott Campbell creates some wild and abstract landscapes through his black and white works in graphite and charcoal that juxtapose highly detailed and representational imagery with abstract cartoon figures. Describing his work as “a reflection upon our strange but urgent longings, as well as the aesthetics of false utopias found in contemporary life”, Brian’s images are moody, surreal still lifes that move freely between the real and the unreal.
Jamian Juliano-Villani is an artist based in NYC whose paintings are an interesting mix of reappropriated cartoon pop culture and surreal, unsettling, and sometimes narrative scenes in a flat, graphic style. Jamian’s work is similar to some contemporary nostalgia-referencing artists but retains a uniquely mysterious quality.
I love coming across new work that puts a unique spin on illustration rooted in abstraction. Brooklyn-based Illustrator Michael Molfetas has a smart and reduced graphic style that has one foot in the Keith Haring school of free-form intuitive linework and the other in character-based idiosyncrasy.