Like any great portrait artist, Mike Mitchell knows the importance of good facial expression. The Portrait Show closed this week at Mondo Gallery, featuring 36 posters from film and pop culture. If you’re into cult classics, be prepared to meet at your favorite characters and have a heathy chuckle. The profile poses, color choices and attention to detail are brilliant… yes, Christopher Lloyd is wearing a transparent tie. So many good pieces, it was pretty difficult to choose selects… do you go for portrait quality or connection to the film? Be sure to check out all 36 works on Mike’s site and keep an eye out for prints in his shop.
Paul Davies is an Australian artist who paints modern architectural landscapes. He combines precise, elevation renderings with wild, loose brush strokes. There’s definitely a nod to 1960s predecessors like David Hockney, but Davies has a style all his own. Elements of street art, gig posters and 60s psychedelia are including to hypnotizing results. The use of color is incredible, he’s pairing unorthodox tones that aren’t often s seen in the architectural genre. I’d love to see these pieces in person, the majority are acrylic on linen (via Architecture Atlas).
Jeremy Enecio is a young, NYC-based illustrator who was born in the Philippines. When I first saw Familiar the image haunted me for days (baboon below)… the suspense, the calmness of the woman and the color palette is stellar. After browsing the rest of his fine art and commercial work it’s clear that he has a wide range of styles and traditional techniques. I see hints of Mark Ryden (less pop-oriented), Balthus (more subversive subject matter) and Lord of the Rings. His art resides in a primitive world where grotesque beings and wild beasts interact in violent pagan revelry… Terrorscapes. I love his use of dark, subdued tones to create background scenes while pops of color shape the foreground (tree people hugging a pink woman). Constant characteristics in his work are expressionless eyes, grotesque forms, surreal scale and gothic themes. Below I’ve selected 8 of my favorites, which are some of the darkest. But, be sure to check out his other quirkier, client-based work (via This Isn’t Happiness).
I first saw Ellery Mann’s @ell_4 rad work on the The Glitch Mob’s Instagram feed. They give tons of shoutouts to designers and artists who submit Glitch Mob-inspired art. His images are a surreal collages with space, geometry, and retro futurist tones. Trolling a bit deeper I found an interesting collaboration he was participating in called #wickedflipitfridayscollab. It’s in the 42nd week with 18 artists taking part in the sourcing/editing process (a spinoff of #wicked_flip by Gabriel Tiranti @jgt1 and #flipitfridays by Ivan Vega @ivanvega). These collaborative projects run rampant within the platform, but the caliber of this one is highest I’ve seen (don’t be swayed by the tag’s terrible name), heavy on architecture, kaleidoscopic repetition and glitch. Below are some my favorites, but definitely take the time to browse through the 373 photos posted thus far and keep an eye for new #wickedflipitfridayscollab posts every friday. (Click the image to follow each artist on Instagram)
Tim Hetherington’s posthumous photography series, Sleeping Soldiers, is on display through May 13th at the International Center of Photography in NYC. It’s a compliment to Sebastian Junger’s new film Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, which premiered on HBO yesterday. The images were taken in Afghanistan during a break in action. The soldiers look so young and vulnerable, it’s gut-wrenching to think how they stare death in the face everyday. I was turned on to the exhibit through the riveting interview of Sebastian’s interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, a must listen to paint a clear picture of the the life and times of the fearless Tim Hetherington (via The Daily Beast).