Russell Leng’s paintings have an immense depth to them; his latest series, “Nature Systems,” features floating geometric shapes that look like faceted crystals. On his site Leng says he wants to “explore the relationship between constructed and natural terrains,” (which might explain why the organic yet jagged shapes suggest both a harmony and a dissonance.) If his paintings make you think he’s too calm and cool, check out his website to see him shovel cake into his face in his short film, “Let Them Eat Cake”.
Erik Osberg seems like one of those photographers who documents happenings, letting images come to him naturally, and unadulterated. His portfolio is an understated mix of beautifuly simple photos, wit, surprise, and humor. I especially love his personal section, “Layla, Ryan, Erik, and Carl”, a collection of his photos featuring his friends/roommates, (such as the last one after the jump).
Pepa Prieto is very much in touch with her inner kid; her playful doodles are complex while maintaining the spirit of innocence and fantasy. Prieto is truly multi-talented, designing not only for print, but also television, and even airplanes for MTV! Did I mention that she was also a pro snowboarder?
Warren Thomas King describes his work as “Brococo,” a combination of his interest in Rococo styling and the modern day bromance. If for some reason that doesn’t make perfect sense to you, from what I can gather, Brococo translates into paintings of dudes with crazy facial hair. You know, like jack hammer beards and mustaches shaped like space shuttles. These guys may not be mild-mannered Watercolor’s usual house guests but that’s what makes them awesome.
Brazilian artist Leandro Lima‘s illustrations are so playful, complex and balanced all at once. I love how every element in his illustrations can stand on its own, and your eye is constantly bouncing all over the image. He does a lot of work for magazines, but most recently, he designed this for a bank. I’m not sure I really think “bank” when I see these (and I’m still working on the significance of some of the imagery, like that tear that’s split 50-50), but Brazilian banks definitely must be more fun than those we have in the US.
Jacob Foran‘s latest series, “Headspace” celebrates exploration and fantasy. The diving helmets represent a sort of creative sanctuary just as real armor-like diving helmets protect the wearer from the dangers of underwater pressure, (and sea creatures). Foran returns to the creative fairytale worlds of childhood, this time as an adult, with more mature musings about the “pressure-filled” world we live in.
Graphic designer/art director Julien Vallée makes graphic design and typography tangible by pulling it out of the computer and constructing his art out of actual physical materials, creating an effect that is quite explosive. He excels in creating both still and moving imagery, often for magazines, (including the New York Times Magazine), and other high-profile clients like MTV.
Neon lights are no longer bound to the buzzing drone of roadside restaurant signs as they have been freed by artist Yudi Noor. Yes that’s right, his mixed media works light themselves! Seriously though, check out his cool experimentation with neon tubes.