Sunday, October 21, 2012

Top 10 Oct 22

Here comes a couple of sweet things to perk up your Monday morning.

Mr. J

1. Jessica Tremp

'When I was little I used to dream about being a dancer or that I could fly and that I would learn to speak the language of the animals in the forest or that of the most dramatic actor. With the click of a finger I’ve found a way to make these things come true'

See more work by Jessica Tremp HERE

2. Sten Lex

Sten Lex is a duo of artists from Rome and Taranto in Italy. Both born in 1982, they work together since 2000. Considered as the pioneers of urban stencil in Italy, their work is mostly the product of individual pathways. Mixture of stencil and op art, Sten Lex’s monumental works are made ​​from thousands of strips of paper and compose portraits of people that both artists have themselves photographed, found among family albums or that are merely anonymous people.

In a statement about their work Sten Lex share about their influences. “Impressionism was mainly characterised by the contrasts between the lights and shades that would fix the painter's feelings on the canvas. And, painting en plein air was particularly important to the impressionists. We were certainly influenced by the impressionist movement, but our main influences from a stylistic standpoint are the silk-screen printing and the pixel-based printing. Thanks to the software, we have been able to create some works we could not have done in any other way. In the past, we used to transform digital graphics in paintings by means of the stencils, but now we start from drawings and sketches and we try to make them similar to their original technique, only with more impulsiveness and by trying to erase any digital remainder.”

In 2008, Sten Lex showed at the Banksy Cans Festival bringing together 39 international artists including Prism, Blek Le Rat, Faile, Vhils, Vexta. It was in 2009 that Sten Lex have developed their technique combining collage, stencil and op art, creating unique works both poetic and powerful. In 2012, the Italian publishing house Drago published a complete monography about their work.

3. Conor Harrington

Conor Harrington is from Cork in Ireland. His work is an incredibly successful collusion between 'fine' art and 'street' techniques.

According to Conor himself, central to his oil canvasses is "the male figure, referring to the masculinity of urban culture". The men in Conor's paintings allude to the not necessarily heroic, but stoic and pensive male of the modernist painters; however the pieces are plastered with post-modern graffito flourishes in a pertinent clash of styles - "I'm interested in the dynamics between opposing elements" says the artist. Whilst both the male figures and abstract elements of the work are unarguably contemporary, the emotions they transmit are timeless, if currently under-rated - dignity, courage and a quiet sense of duty to oneself and those around us. At a time when men are accused of being somehow redundant within society Conor's work is an intelligent and modest reminder of their positive emotional contribution. It also shows that graff doesn't have to shock - or be soppy - to have substance.

4. Arnaud Lajeunie

Arnaud Lajeunie


- October 2012 - Toil & Tears, commissioned by The Room
- October 2012 - Portraits of Irié for Mémoire Universelle, comissioned by Benoît Béthume.
- September 2012 - Portfolio published in Doing Fashion Paper #2 , Basel CH
- March 2012 - Clipperton, commissioned by Le Monde
- January 2012 - The Company published in Car Parc #4.
- November 2011 - What's Next ? The Future of the Photography Museum, group show at FOAM
  Museum, Amsterdam.
- November 2011 - Paris Photo : a selection of The Company is shown by galerie Anne de
- October 2011 - Résonance / Dissonance, group show at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
- September 2011 - Art Protect, group show at Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris.
- June 2011 - Sibyl, featuring Malgosia Bela and Roberto Bolle in Visionaire 60, guest edited by 
  Riccardo Tisci
- May 2011 - Interview by Michael Kowalinski for Dazed & Confused digital
- April 2011 - Group show with L'imparfaite / 26th Festival International de Mode et de 
  Photographie - Hyères 2011

5. Random Acts - The Event

Love and a severed foot at the end of the world.

Hand drawn pencil animation motion tracked to live action footage shot in Montauk.

Commissioned as part of Channel 4's Random Acts strand which showcases diverse short films chosen for their bold expressions of creativity:

Directed by Julia Pott
Poem by Tom Chivers

Conceived and Produced by:
Underwater Gardening
Carrie Thomas

Animation Production:
Hornet Inc.
Executive Producer: Michael Feder
Producer: Zack Kortright
Director of Photography: Adam Wissing
Additional Compositor: Tom Brown
Animation Assistant: Sophie Gate
Editor: RJ Glass
Sound Design: Joseph Tate
Re-recording mixer: Maiken Hansen
Male Voice: Alex Britton
Female Voice: Laura Free

6. Joshua Allen

NYC 646.263.3721

See more work by Joshua HERE

7. Erik Jones

Erik on Erik:
My name is Erik Jones
I'm a freelance artist
I work primarily in Gallery work and comics, comic covers to be exact.
I've Illustrated the covers for the series The Unknown, Nola and illustrated the cover to the comic book adaptation to Jennifer's Body, published by BOOM! Studios.
I've done work for Marvel comics, Warner Brothers, Draftfcb, and many more.
My focus is drawing the female form and painting sexy, powerful woman with a provocative look.

8. Jesse Balmer


Jesse was born in San Juan Capistrano, California in 1987. He has been drawing since before he can remember, which was really only much-less-than-the-blink-of-an-eye ago on the geologic time scale. He now resides in San Francisco, California where his dignity remains intact for now.

phone: 949.374.8634


9. Bakea



Art Director
Character designer
Digital illustrator

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