Matt Leines doesn’t have the most elaborate bio. His website explains that he’s an artist from New Jersey currently living in Brooklyn—that’s it. It doesn’t shout about his already impressive roster of accolades or map out his course study as a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. But his work has shown steadily all over the world since 2002, and his latest show, Hyperbolic, opened last week at Brooklyn’s Beginnings gallery. Besides all that, his surrealist paintings continue to shock and awe.
Rand Renfrow is a Texas based illustrator with probably the best name ever and a great style to match. Every time I see Rand’s work it makes me really happy because he always creates these unique textures and off the wall colors which give his pieces that unique look. I also really like his take on perspective. It seems like he really enjoys creating these sculptural vignettes that most people probably couldn’t put together in real life.
I recently discovered the work of Marinna Muun and I love it! Born in Bulgaria, Munn says that she “grew up all over the place” and now is currently based in the UK. To me, her work feels quite mystical. Her acrylic paintings and digital illustrations mix the unnatural and the supernatural to create characters and illustrations that feel somewhat spiritual or ritualistic.
Daehyun Kim is a graphic artist from Seoul in South Korea. Since 2008 he has been working on a series called moonassi drawing. These are mostly small sized pictures which are painted in black and white using pen, marker and occasionally brush. Daehyun studied fine arts at a university that specialized in Traditional East-Asian Art and Painting and it’s clear to see that this traditional practice has gone on to influence his work.