These works from Berkeley, CA artist Masako Miki (originally from Japan) are fairly on point. Delicately rendered animals exist naturally among fantastical environs full of color. The artist’s ruminations on time, life, death, and innocence would be a big pill to swallow if these paintings weren’t so damn pretty. And it’s not that this stuff hasn’t been done before (Josh Keyes, growing environmentalist concerns, etc.). But in this case cosmic elements enter the mix, allowing us to contemplate the issues of our small planet and the issues of “the Beyond” in one go.
Manchester illustrator Kris Tate’s work is bold, vibrant and full of life. Her work mixes digital and hand drawn elements in neon colors that pop. Her influences range from 60′ and 80′s vintage culture and music to Scandinavian knitwear. Her work is fresh, edgy and very relevant for today’s hipster cultures. I for one am loving the sweater dressed animals and their bright pop environments.
Germany based artist Heiko Mueller’ art is like a fairy tale with a dark spin to it. He is fond of the country side, and is fascinated by the dark side of nature, the hidden machinations of the animal kingdom.
Jane Benson is a multimedia artist who talks quite a bit about suffering. Her art speaks a lot about observation and the human psyche. Her relation to the earth seems to be something she constantly questions. Every moves beckons to test the difference between want and need. Let the games begin.
Pascal Bernier’s art work depicts an ongoing theme about human and animal relationships. This Brussels based sculptor uses and manipulates different representation of animals to take a detached look at social behavior. Some of Bernier’s work is a social commentary about game hunting (and what is done to the animal’s body after it is killed); Bernier work represents animals in a very sad manner questioning your own ethics on animal rights.
Remember Saiman Chow from our cover of issue H? Well, his new personal work, “Summer of Love”, showcases some inter-species romance that I’m pretty fond of. “Summer of Love” is described as a “bitter sweet series that examine our fascinating yet frightening views on sexuality in our exploitative society”. I liked this illustration so much that I made it my desktop background. It’s horrifying yet touching? I’m not quite sure, I just can’t stop looking at it.
Created using the digital software program Painter, artist Chet Phillips of Chetart creates the most whimsical human – animal connections. Poodles as wrestlers? Monkeys smoking pipes? Make sure you check out the titles of all his pieces, they are as silly as the images. The one above is entitled Phineas H. Flabbergast.