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Ghost Stories: The Work of Daniel Danger

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The twilight world of Daniel Danger’s work is filled with broken-down buildings, empty rooms and eerie forests. These are the places of childhood ghost stories, forgotten and abandoned spaces where people don’t belong. But what we fear also enchants, and Daniel’s work shows the romance of such places. His beautiful images are saturated with luminous color that shines like stained glass against strong black line. In contrast his black and white images are reminiscent of the old etchings in children’s stories. But both create the same nostalgia and the same eerie atmosphere, it’s as if you’ve wandered into another world.

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Washed Away: Seascapes by Kozyndan

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In my previous post I introduced the work of Kozyndan, a talented couple that work together on art and illustration. While that post featured some of their more colorful and humorous work, there’s another, more serious, to these artists. Their recent exhibition Washed Away at Outré Gallery, focused on the themes of the sea and sea-life, as well as Japan’s ama, women divers famous for collecting pearls. Kozyndan were also inspired by Hokusai’s iconic wave, and these works hint at the power and violence of the sea. The result are images that are beautiful, mysterious and poetic. 
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City Scenes by Kozyndan

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Kozyndan is a unit, a couple that produces art and illustration under a shared name. They describe themselves as “mad scientists”, and their work is mad in a good way. At times veering schizophrenia-like between work that is bright and colorful, to elegant and poetic, it’s full of energy and creativity. This selection of work features works centred around the urban environment, like interiors and city scenes, including their panoramas. To get the full impact of these large-scale works be sure to click the image to look at it full size. You can look forward to a second post focusing on another side of this talented duo.

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Katsuya Terada: Terra’s Black Marker

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Known for his  illustration work for video games and comics, Katsuya Terada’s solo exhibition ‘Terra’s Black Marker’ at Compound Gallery, showed that beyond this, Terada is simply an amazing artist. These are some of the most beautiful pieces of linework that I’ve ever seen. Using only the simple black marker, Terada creates intricate and dynamic images of fantastic beasts and swirling atmosphere.
Absolutely stunning.

Images via Hi Fructose.

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Yugoslav Pop: The Work of Roman Klonek

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Bright and bold, the woodprints of Roman Klonek stand out with their humor, simple compositions and unusual color combinations, which give these works life and vibrancy. Kloneks simple pop imagery is inspired by old cartoons , particularly Eastern European ones, and propaganda posters. This is combined with the whimsical monsters of folklore to make his own strange creations, half human and half animal. Klonek’s subject matter is reflected in the medium of woodprint itself, which does not produce flat blocks of color, but instead gives each piece a subtle texture t create a slightly aged, retro feel.

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The Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters by Gojin Ishihara

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Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)

Gojin Ishihara’s Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters (1972), is filled with the spirits and monsters, ogres and imps of traditional Japanese folklore. Of course the more familiar you are with Japanese popular culture, the more you’ll have been exposed to these folk tales indirectly. From fantasy monsters in anime like Naruto and Inuyasha, to contemporary horror like The Ring, this rich cultural heritage can be seen in almost countless examples. I’ve also featured the Kitsune, or fox spirit, in my own work, so images like these are a great source of inspiration. Enjoy.

Images via Pink Tentacle.
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Human Menagerie: The Work of Oleg Duryagin

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Oleg Duryagin combines both digital photography and painting to create portraits that are both beautiful and disturbingly doll-like. With large clear eyes and flawless complexions, these strange creatures seem neither living nor dead. Duryagin describes his work as trying to  transcribe the feeling of presence that you get while passing the plastic mannequin, and it’s true that despite their radical transformations his figures nevertheless retain their own life and individuality.

Duryagin seems to be studying of the subtle facial differences which makes each is a unique human specimen; and a singular manifestation of beauty in all its myriad permutations .

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Surreal Illustration by Eric Fortune

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The work of Eric Fortune veers between realism and a kind of dreamy, sweet surrealism. The soft, slightly grainy images are reminiscent of storybook illustration, and strange scenes seem to tell their own tales, but are open to interpretation.  Read more…

Annie Leibovitz: Beauty & The Beast

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I’ve featured Anne Leibocitz’s work before in this amazing Alice In Wonderland themed spread. So of course I couldn’t resist 2005 Vogue photo-shoot starring Drew Barrymore as Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast. The photo’s all have the classical compositions of paintings. The image of Beauty in the garden has a wonderful  Pre-Raphaelite feel, while the dinner scene has the rich drapery and decadence of a Baroque still-life. It’s all very beautiful and romantic, a perfect fairy-tale with a happy ending.

Pics via Fairy Tale News.

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Psychedelic Fantasy and Heavy Metal: The Work of Johannah O Donnell

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The work of Johannah O Donnell finds inspiration in the passions of those who go outside the mainstream. From heavy metal to dungeons and dragons, fantasy and roleplaying; O Donnell illustrates this vivid imaginary world as well as the alternative identities that participants create. The real and the fantastical jostle side by side in these unconventional portraits; and while both people and animals are painted realistically, they combine into mythical beasts. O Donnell paints these realistic elements are in a somber palette of black and white, to contrast against motifs from popular culture; graffiti tags and stylized imagery, all painted in florescent neon. The result is vibrant images with an amazing pop punch, which seem equally suited to the gallery as to the album cover. Enjoy.

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