Konstantin Shalev is a Russian illustrator who, at 23, is tearing up the internets (his Behance username is appropriately Ripper). Sporting a slick, cartoony style, Shalev’s characters and patterns have been featured on multiple Threadless shirts, in Popular Mechanics magazine, and more.
KHUAN+KTRON is a three person design studio based in Belgium, though its members come from all over – Japan, Russia, and, uh, Belgium. Their varying backgrounds is clearly a boon to their work, which shows a lot of influences. Actually, KHUAN+KTRON have helpfully listed some of these influences on their site, so we don’t have to guess at what they are – medieval torture techniques, people with monstrous sideburns (not counting women), and free jazz are just a few. Check out the full list on their site!
Richard Amsel (1947-1985) was a commercial artist famous for his movie posters, which include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Chinatown, and more. Having been discovered at 22 (edit: 21) when he made a successful proposal for the poster of Hello, Dolly!, Amsel had a fruitful career applying his hyper-realistic painting style to not only movie posters but album covers, book covers, and TV Guide covers. Amsel passed away in 1985 from AIDS.
D-Barcode is a Japanese design firm which apparently specializes entirely in designing barcodes. I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t speak Japanese and pretty much the only English on their site is their slogan – BIG IDEAS ARE SMALL, DESIGN BARCODE. Can any Japanese readers tell us more?
David Bayus is a painter based in San Francisco currently working on an MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. His awesome collage/painting work almost make both of those previously mentioned techniques indiscernable from each other. Which one is it??
Carolin Reichert’s work deals with an inventory of the human memory as triggered by situations, encounters and objects referring to and rooted in the past, yet recurring and manifesting themselves anew in the present. She is interested in exploring the individual’s perception of reality and the role and capacities of memory and recollection within that process. The images portray brief moments, belonging to the past, frozen, re-framed and deliberately transported to their new context, with which they are at odds or incompatible, therefore ultimately dealing with the attempt, possibility and implications of visualizing ‘absent presence’.
Dutch illustrator/designer Parra has done some seriously cool work. His posters, which he plasters throughout Amsterdam, are apparently highly sought after, as are his limited edition Nikes, shirts, skateboards…you name it, Parra has done an illustration for it. His style is very 1970s, with a hint of sleaze.
Founded by artist Ryder Ripps, Internet Archaeology is a project that “seeks to explore, recover, archive and showcase the graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture.” It’s essentially a repository of imagery from old Geocities and Angelfire sites, including a full few mirrors of some old homepages. This is an important service because, as their mission statement points out, Yahoo will be taking down Geocities in October 2009. I miss the pre-Web 2.0 internet!