Michael Shapcott is an emerging artist from Connecticut. His paintings and illustrations take traditional portraiture and add elements of folklore and dream imagery, his main source of inspiration. His work is nothing less than powerful, inspiring, and emotional.
Jessica Ward has a brilliantly dark mind. The majority of her work is black and white, which really helps to maintain her macabre aesthetic. The nature of her drawings feel sexual and violent, while tempting and frightening the viewer. She has an interesting series of drawings that depicts deities of various eating disorders. According to her bio, Jessica has struggled with eating disorders herself, so the diety series comes from a very personal place.
Daniel Weiss is a photographer from NYC practicing what he calls, “traditional street photography.” One of his bodies of work, entitled “New Yorkers,” depicts the everyday people he encounters throughout New York as the title suggests. His goal is to capture the traditional cast of characters of the big city. His other portfolio, titled “Street Scenes,” is more your basic street art. In each of his photos he aims for a timeless feel, only capturing scenes that do not give away the time period. He says that by not being able to tell if the photo was taken now or 50 years ago, “it allows you to focus more on certain, more interesting details that may be in the photograph.” He states, “Especially since I feel that most the city nowadays is in an aesthetic slump that it will never recover from.” Check out more of his work after the jump, or visit his site.
Born in Oklahoma to a Vietnam veteran, Geoffrey Michael Krawczyk grew up in close proximity to the violence and sacrifice required by war. “My work is an exploration of the mythology of spirituality, the politics of aesthetics, and the connections between sacred and profane,” says Krawczyk. His series, “Passages,” was most recently shown at Artspace Gallery in Buffalo, New York, where he now resides.
Maseman is Mason McFee: an artist, illustrator and designer from Austin, Texas. He is the art director for The Screamer Company and an artist for Cyclopean Records. His work blends illsutration and design with vintage photos. While his work seems to include a lot of geometric shapes and abstract elements, it also has a very organic feel. Much of his work seems to include natural elements, such as a wood background or a landscape image. Check out more of his work after the jump, or go to his website.
Jalal Abuthina is a photographer with a history as varied as his work. He was born in Dublin but grew up all over the world, drifting between Libya, Greece, Tasmania, Australia, and Dubai. His jet-setting youth and current day job as a real estate consultant in Dubai have obviously informed his culturally charged imagery as well as his interest in clean, architectural lines.
To celebrate the release of Swoon‘s new monograph, we have teamed up with Abrams to provide a unique promotional giveaway & editorial. All you have to do is use the word “Swoon” in a sentence and leave it as a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win a copy of her new book! We’ll select three lucky winners in total- so choose your words wisely and contribute your most creative sentences! Confused on what an award-winning sentence looks like? Bad sentence: “Basically Swoon’s stuff is pretty cool and kinda nice.” Winning sentence: “Awake forever in a sweet unrest, still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, and so, live ever– or else Swoon to death.”
If that’s not enough, we’ve also conducted an exclusive, behind-the-scenes interview that gives insight into Swoon’s work. Who knows- maybe you’ll find inspiration for your winning sentence! Read on to find out more about the process of creating her book, how Swoon rifled through her personal archives to create unique spreads, her surprising reaction when the book was finally in her hands, as well as her inspirational, one-of-a-kind mentality towards the creative process and more.