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Nichole van Beek

Nichole van Beek

New York multi-media painter/sculptor Nichole van Beek’s gouache paintings are like Magic Eye images for grown-ups!

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The Plastic Organic Paintings of Marion Lane

Artist Marion Lane creates almost otherworldly abstract paintings.  Her peculiar style and use of acrylic on panel seems to belong to an action other than painting.  Lane’s shapes appear to grow organically, emerging more from cell division than brush stroke.  However, the inorganic nature of Lane’s medium isn’t lost on her.  Rather, she seems to exploit the plasticity of acrylic paint, making it plain in the shape and sheen of her fantastic subjects.  Lane’s pieces at once explore abstraction and figuration as well as the natural and synthetic.

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TROY DUGAS’s Abstract Food Labels

Troy Dugas’ geometric paintings are made from vintage product labels he purchases in unused bundles. He cuts and arranges this material onto flat surfaces to produce works that appear to be woven. Using repetition, pattern, precision, and scale, Troy  distracts and tricks our eye from the original purpose of the labels to sell a product.The immediacy of the graphic labels are substituted with aesthetic sensation and contemplation creating a transformative state of meditation via Troy’s laborious and meditative process.

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Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton

 

Wendy MacNaughton uses a classic method, pen and ink (in this case, watercolor) to sketch out the world around her. I love the mix of color, text and honesty that makes up her work.

 

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Interview: Gary Taxali


Gary Taxali is a multi-talented designer, illustrator and artist. His playful style is reminiscent of the golden age of 1950’s advertising, where wholesome, larger than life characters such as the checkered suspendered, pompadoured smiling Bob’s Big Boy still reigned supreme (and were not ironic yet.) Taxali’s bold style has earned him dozens of clients, ranging from Rolling Stone, MTV, Lev’s and Converse just to name a few. Beautiful/Decay recently got the chance to interview Taxali.

 

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Overture Animations

While perusing Change The Thought recently I found this lovely video by Overture. Its like a moving watercolor of gnomes playing lutes in the pink soft clouds and ether forest. It sort of makes sense that the couple (Jason & Aya) creates these together. How cute.

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Artist Interview: Michael DeForge Is King Trash

The world of child mafias, gooey relatable beasts, funky leathery space dudes, soft bodies, diseased bodies, and crusty bodies, is the world of DeForge. Toronto-based Michael DeForge is running amuck in the independent comic’s scene. He is consistently putting out top-notch work executed in his very distinct style, a style that allows for plenty of room for experimentation while still being immediately recognizable as the “DeForge touch”. At age 24, with just a few years solidly devoted to comics, it’s amazing to imagine what he will achieve in his lifetime. On top of that, he does prop and effects for the wonderful Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. He has the drive. He has the look. He has it all. He is King Trash.

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NoLoveLost

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NoLoveLost, aka Gareth Rice, is an artist, designer, and illustrator based out of New Zealand. His work has been used and featured in print advertising, editorial design, and campaigns for K-Swiss, Oakley, and Redken. His graphics are energetic, and I like how his illustrations organically meld with the photographs they are incorporated with.  The above artwork is part of a new series intended to “give human based subjects a flawed final resolve, rather than a perfect one, which is so common in our industry.” Whether his illustrations are for a shoe company or for himself, you’ll find yourself doing a double take, just to grasp everything going on.

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