Artist and illustrator Nicole Gustafsson creates beautiful worlds using gouache paints. Shes uses Impressionist tricks such as the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience. She creates beautiful stylized dream worlds and transports us to another land that is charming, colorful and peaceful. Sprinkling nerdy references in an subtle way without it looking too “pop” arty. Its closer to a Claude Monet painting than anything that I’ve seen in the ‘geek art” style. Though the nerdiness is there in spirit.
If you’ve ever seen the 1991 Robin Williams movie Hook you’ll fondly remember the famous food fight scene between the Lost Boys. I used to be super jealous of the lifestyle those kids lived, fighting pirates, running around a fantasy land and eating colorful whipped cream for dinner.
Photographer James Ostrer may not have created this collection with the movie Hook in mind but rather he referenced icons of contemporary sugar worship. Though some may find these images rather disturbing I look at them in a whimsical light. I see the humor in covering a seemingly normal human being and covering them in delicious treats. I am even curious about how these people found a way to breathe through all the frosting.
There is a strange throwback to ancient primitive art styles only using modern fake sugary treats, its really a beautiful contradiction. Looking a little deeper into the hidden messages that lay in Ostrer’s images, maybe nutritional disillusionment, or our societal practices of ingestion (we ingest a lot of bad shit) or maybe all that is on the outside is really what’s inside. He touches on fascinating issues just through what seemed like a fun and whimsical project. Outside of the deep hidden meanings of these photographs, Ostrer creates beautiful silhouettes and eye popping colors out of found objects that we are surrounded by everyday. These are modern day masks that we all wear, even if we can’t see them.
If you haven’t seen the movie Hook I urge you to see it. Bangarang.
Modern surrealist artist Sachin Teng is an artist that is very hard to ignore. He creates poignant illustrations that has a bit of social commentary and a bit of whimsy. He takes us on a journey that can be childlike and innocent to complex and dark. These images are imaginative and thought provoking for sure. He has such a unique style that would translate so well as an anime.
I am fascinated by vintage advertisements from every era. Its intriguing to look at ads throughout the ages and see how the style of clothing and even the style of thinking has changed over the decades. With the popularity of the show Mad Men, we see the creation of advertisements and the motives that advertisers have hiding behind the surface, most of which involves money. Besides the interesting theories one has about psychology and the hidden agenda ad-men have. I like to look at the art of the photo or illustration. Continuing on with my journey to find new (and old) art, I look to past advertisements for my viewing pleasure.
My new series of blog posts dedicated to vintage advertisements, this one is all meat-centric. As I scoured the internet I noticed the mass amount of meat ads, granted most of them are TV Dinners, Spam and other various canned meats. I love the illustrations (mostly because its food illustrations) but also because its like a time capsule into what people ate in another era. Some of the foods look bizarre and unconventional some downright disgusting but thats why I love it. My favorites ads are from the American Meat Institute. I do apologize some of these images do not have dates, but by the style we can all kinda take a guess.
This illustration of the Universal Food Chopper is from 1890. Hmm I wonder what all of this would taste like all ground up together…I’m sure chopped up lobster shell and animal bones would taste delicious!
I want an America where the bacon is nourishing! (breathing heavily)
These illustrations are beautiful. Without all the text (although it is interesting) I would frame this and put it on my wall.
1870’s had some beautiful cross hatch illustrations.
For several decades Spam and was heavily advertised to housewives to whip up a quick meal. This ad is from the 1940’s.
Hamburger patties straight out of a can? They gave it a shot in 1950. Looks like it never caught on…I could kinda guess why.
Ribs in a can sound disgusting, I wonder what people in the 1960’s thought.
I found all of these photos on various websites online. Though I could not find the artists names, I do salute them and appreciate all the creativity and money hungry sensibilities that went into it. Cheers.
Brosmind is a studio based in Barcelona founded by Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. The two brothers have been creating many different types of art from band posters, advertisements for major companies to package design. Brosmind studio is pumping out all sorts of art that stimulates your brain, its the type of art that you have to scrutinize to see all the fine details hidden within. A combo of abstract and fantasy, Brosmind is a feast for the eyeballs.
The series What’s Inside takes us on a journey of what is inside our bodies. Its a super interesting collage like cutout of our bodies and what its made up of. Books, various junk food and other abstract illustrations. What it means is up for debate. What is not up for debate is the beautiful amount of detail that the artists illustrate.
Instead of using canvas to create beautiful pieces, Kristin Tercek creates charming characters on pieces of wood. These unique designs make you feel a range of emotions. Some are cute and cheerful and others are dark and creepy. Her style is rare and unexplored.
Pop art has always been a style of art I’ve admired. Roy Lichenstein, Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud are a few of my favorite artists of all time. Bright colors, recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products. This style of art is a wonderful way to show whats going on in the world we live in.
Grégoire Guillemin, aka “Léon”, is a leader in the “Geek Art” movement. His work celebrates science fiction, comic books, video games and pop culture icons. Consumerism, lust, gluttony and vanity are things that are explored in Léon work. His artworks rediscover and reinvent styles through experimentation and a clean minimalist approach.
These pieces are so relevant to our generation. The series “The Secret Life of Heroes” is just one of his mind blowing series is a that is a hilarious inside look at the hidden, colorful and slightly steamy, life of our most beloved heroes. So called ‘innocent’ childhood favorites smoking cigarettes, taking selfies with Iphones, picking their nose, holding a gun and groping one another? So rad! I mean there’s nothing hotter than Superman eating a cheeseburger. Mmmm yummy.
Brooklyn based illustrator Leslie A. Wood uses shapes, colors and beautiful rhythmic patterns in a way that can surely brighten your day. These designs have been made into adorable greeting cards and unique wrapping paper.
These illustrations are imaginative and look like a lovely psychedelic dream. Giant food you can hug, fast food repeating itself, swimming with abstract fishes, a giant walking cookie and looking into a crystal ball made of sprinkles. This is the kind of visions a foodie has while on LSD.
Bizarre dreamlike visions finally have been illustrated into a comic strip. At last an artist that feeds my dark and random sense of humor.
California born artist Lisa Hanawalt may be a comedic genius. Her imagination is weird, beautiful, dirty, wicked, twisted and brilliant. Lisa is a master of anthropomorphism and is a production designer of Bojack Horseman, a new original animated series for Netflix. Her book “My Dirty Dumb Eyes” is a collection of hilarious short comic strips that showcase all sorts of interesting glances into a world of what dogs really want, animals in hats, rumors of Anna Wintour and the secret life of chefs. Lisa is creating a comic for my weird adult sensibilities and is constantly surprising me with new and hilarious material.
In you’re interested in an easy creative exercise, drop a dozen paperclips on a blank sheet of paper and draw around them. Your brain will begin to imagine scenes and things that are necessarily not there. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving vague and random images or sounds as being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds or hearing hidden messages on records when you listen to them in reverse. Artist Victor Nunes is a master at seeing faces or scenes in random objects and drawing around them. His sketches alone are stunning but paired with the found objects the whole thing becomes delightfully whimsical and beautiful.