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SPACE TRAVEL BY SHUSEI NAGAOKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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For Japanese artist and illustrator Shusei Nagaoka, space travel, alien beings, the theory of the intertwining of both our world and others, and all the in-between has been something that he has focused on in his art. His style is reminiscent to what you would see more often from retro years; a mix of animation and realism, filled with detail yet not complex to the eye. It’s a style that has been revered by many during Nagaoka’s time, which landed him prominent gigs, many of which he’s now made famous for. It was during the ’80s and ’90s when Nagaoka’s skill was lent to grace the covers of some of that time periods greatest music bands.

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OTHERWORLDLY SITUATIONS BY BENJAMIN MARRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Benjamin Marra‘s detailed and vibrant illustrations often depicts a myriad of wild shit, from biker outlaws to giant snakes, the undead in leather swimsuits, monkey people, scantily-clad babes, aliens, other otherworldly beings and so much more. While it’s clear from the images you’ll see throughout that his artistic style is flexible, the cascade of chaos, mystery and intrigue is consistent in his work.

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WORLD COLLISIONS BY JAKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean collage artist Jake Lee makes vibrant mashups of images from magazines and illustrations. His talent alters the viewers’ perceptions of reality with his philosophy-challenging creativity. Lee’s collection of surreal imagery fuses unrelated scenery and events into a final, fantastical masterpiece. Inspired by 1950’s graphics, his colorful artworks turn conventional ideas on their heads in order to express a beautifully bizarre depiction of the world as we know it.

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FACELESS PORTRAITS BY ANNA BU KLIEWER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ukranian artist Anna Bu Kliewer is a mixed media artist working in both analogue and digital collage. Having studied at both Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and London’s Central Saint Martins, the now London-based collage genius delivers faceless portraits by meshing aspects of the environment with the human body. Her collages play with space and identity, mashing it up, erasing and reconfiguring. The resulting imagery is a perfect blend of familiar and fantasy.

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PIXELATED PAINTINGS BY GUY YANAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guy Yanai was born 1977 in Haifa, Israel. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

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Yanai is known for his pragmatic approach to artistically mirroring life, with each scene or character stripped back to almost pixelated results. Standing back, each piece is blatantly obvious as to what it’s trying to represent, but upon closer inspection, you’ll fully be able to appreciate the simplicity of its make up; accented yet bold brush strokes sitting side by side to form texture, light work, complexion and composition.

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