Etienne Bardelli, also known as Akroe, was a graffiti artist before he became a well respected graphic designer. Twenty years later, on his own time, he can still be found painting empty walls in the less populated parts of France. (Although he admits: “Actually, I don’t really know why I’m still doing it!”) Graffiti may be illegal, but surely this counts as beautification?
Maurizio Bongiovanni’s paintings look like the effects of the past, or perhaps the future making its stamp on the present. But what makes Maurizio’s imagery even more effective is his choice of mundane subjects. Birds – sweet, chirpy, perched – suffering the effects of having fallen through refractive cracks… or their existence stretched as they fall toward some unforseen black hole?
Dutch artist Michiel Schuurman creates designs in which typography fully replaces the need for imagery with his high-contrast, intricately patterned pieces. Schuurman’s mind-bending work might be straining my little eyeballs, but in the best sort of way. Like, whatever is wrong with my vision is not something I want to get fixed, which, is great because I don’t exactly have insurance anyway. Schuurman’s vision is a fantastic, technicolor trip down the rabbit hole. With an amazing attention to detail, he designs down to the pixel.
The Beautiful/Decay book series showcases the most extensive interviews and in-depth features with emerging artists today. Featuring 164 ad-free pages of articles, vivid imagery, collectible art inserts, and more, the hand-numbered book is a source of inspiration you’ll return to time and time again. If you’re discovering art on the internet alone, you’re missing out on the bigger (and yes, less pixelated) picture.
Mari LaCure is an artist interested in the minute. She understands the importance of every single element – and explores them with woodblock printing, etching, watercolor, pen, colored pencil, and hand-stitching. Her work uses the macro and microscopic of nature for inspiration to create an aesthetic that looks incredible on screen, and probably even better in person.
Artist, photographer, and writer Rachel Wolfe is definitely multi-talented. (She’s also already authored a book, 90,000 Miles On I-90.) Her personal photos give us a glimpse into her life’s journeys and travels, which she eloquently narrates in her own voice. If you visit her site, you can also read some of her original poetry!
Scotland born photographer Nikki Toole is traveling around the world until 2012, gathering imagery for a book project documenting global skater cultures. Besides the fact that Nikki knows how to handle a camera and take a stunning image (in my opinion, anyway), there’s a bareness in this series of photographs which makes me feel as though these people are staring directly at me, and me alone. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Nikki is open to hearing from potential subjects who wish to volunteer themselves for the project. Nikki also has many previous collections well worth checking out.