Akira Beard, a San Francisco based artist and teacher at the Academy of Art University, is well known for his engaging watercolor portraitures of pop culture icons. The messages that usually accompany these illustrations are often centered around the issues of cultural topics, such as, identity, society, and race.
Michael Hall presents a series of paintings studying the various abandoned coastal defense structures scattered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These defense structures were used as outlook posts for possible attacks that never came. It is interesting to see these bunkers still standing on guard as the ground beneath them attacks, and erodes their surface. This show was on view at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.
I am really enjoying Los Angeles-based artist Adam Tullie’s recent portfolio of drawings. He uses painstakingly intricate mark-making to create simple shapes, hinting at tribal masks. Adam Tullie recently featured his work in San Francisco, I may just have a friend of mine over there pick up a few of his show’s postcards for my wall.
Paintings by German/Dutch artist Francien Krieg. Her figures are at once delicately ethereal and grotesquely real.
German born artist Roger Herman creates really beautiful paintings and sculptures. Check out some of his work after the jump!
Illustrator and photographer Jon Blocksel makes some cool illustrations. I especially like his “Possibility for a Swear Word” series. Pretty sure keyboards should start including those symbols.
Christophe Avella-Bagur hails from France and his almost unsettling oil paintings of clowns caught our attention. But who doesn’t love naked zombie clowns?
What artist Francesco Spampinato lacks in interweb presence, he makes up for on his canvas. Francesco feeds us a kaleidoscope explosion of psychedelic decorations that pulsates in waves from the focal point of the canvas-to the deepest center of the viewer’s brain.