We came across Nicholas Choong by accident aka stalking creatives on Facebook. A DJ cum artist, Nicholas translates his daily views of the local scenes and people with the rough flourish of pens and paints. Strong and bold strokes of color instill a sense of life in his pieces, be it notebook sketches or completed paintings.
While he doesn’t have an official website for his art, you can follow him on Facebook for updates on his artwork. The good news is that his artworks will be available for sale at Art for Grabs this weekend, and prices range from RM50-RM500! With Father’s Day fast approaching, you might want to consider brightening your dad’s study with one of Nicholas’ amazing pieces
Amberlee Rosolowich has brought the whimsy to the animal world, simply by painting children communicating and playing with them on a universal level. Amberlee would always visit her mother, who was a zookeeper and aquarium show diver, at work when she was growing up, and it was then that she drew a bond between herself and the animals, studying them within the “pockets full of doodles” that was her world. Sweet, surreal, and very, very adorable, each artwork depicts a quirk and charm that is sure to warm the heart. Truly a fun one for all mothers to enjoy!
In a world where technology is the way to design and clean, digitally enhanced lines have overpowered the art of raw, it’s nice to overlook perfection once in awhile and just watch the squiggly lines of creativity emerge alongside strokes of impulse. Daniel Egnéus, a Swedish born, Milan-based illustrator, consummates bold with beautiful in a precisely quirky manner that speaks volumes. Harsh strokes against soft lines quietly joined together by the swift coloration of paints highlights a child-like innocence within his pieces.
Watch his art come to life in this video entitled Leaving Home:
Forget Katniss Everdeen – met the fox on fire, otherwise the mascot to your trusty OS browser that is Firefox. Flawlessly executed by designer Martjin Rijven, the browser’s animal icon is given a new lease on life as it rises from the ashes akin to a phoenix. Preserving the clean, vibrant strokes iconic to Firefox, Martjin has given us an animal that seems to portray Firefox akin to a friend – and in this tech-heavy generation, a browser is your best companion to the Internet. Fluid, almost elegant in its poise, the fire fox is interpreted as a seemingly arcane spirit of the forest.
With a bold, streamlined silhouette and flaming tail, this fox is anything but fiendish. In fact to our usual standards, this little guy is pretty cuddly if you don’t mind singeing your eyebrows! It reminds us of the good ol’ Pokemon years where we were still swapping trading cards and believing that our trusty sidekicks reside in the heart of a mechanical ball. (:
This trailblazer reigns supreme, and rightfully so. Now, if only we can get an animal rebranding for Google Chrome too – what animal would Chrome be represented as?
Francisca Prieto’s meticulous paper folding series, Between The Folds, is very reminiscent of an old crafting technique that was predominantly popular among the housewives of the past. It involved layerings of fabrics sewn into squares and carefully cut from the uppermost fabric to the base. This method was used for cushions, and would portray a slight peek-a-boo transition of colors and elements within each “window.” While highly shunned in the fashion industry for its popularity in the craft world, Priesto’s paper folding series brings this aged method back to life with procession of progress in the folds and reveals of the prints hidden inside. From birds, to flowers, to maps, to motifs, her representation of an otherwise dying method in sewing has created a flutter in the art scene.
One of our favorite things to do is watch an idea form, a concept develop, a painting perform. Therefore, we’ve been eagerly stalking a dear friend and local artist, Sean Lean, as he completes pieces for his first solo exhibition at Wei-Ling Gallery. Entitled Flesh: Blacks & Whites, Sean shares his portrayal of animals as an interpretation of his many “selves.” The chosen elements are painted in description of the darkness that comes from merely being, transforming unfinished flesh and (in our opinions) inviting open wounds into life within the rawness of plain-clothed colors. To us, his exhibition (or what we’ve seen so far!) portrays a poignant representation of existentialism in painful yet strengthening continuity.
Flesh: Blacks & Whites will be showing at Wei-Ling Gallery from 9th May ’til 11th June, 2013, and to catch a glimpse of an artist at work, you can follow Sean on Instagram.
Takahiro Iwasaki looks at things from a very tiny perspective. That may seem like a narrow minded way of creating. However, nothing is ever at its limit with the art industry. With that said, Takahiro works materials such as duct tape and towels with an in-depth understanding of how minuscule perspectives of change is what transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. Amazing stuff indeed.
We’re truly inspired by LA-based artist Seonna Hong’s usage of paint chips as canvases to home her freeform style of swiftly stroked scenic painting, clustered ever so casually against the detailed contrast of the characters of each scene. Such depth within the simple lines of conflicting colors.
Pinterest may have brought art into toilet rolls, but Sakir Gokcebag brings toilet rolls into art. The above are images of his installation called Trans Layers 1, and contours fluidity in movement and form between the ordinary household item and its purpose in performance. Sheer beauty in seeing. Sakir also brings to life many other basic items through his creative interpretations of them, such as hangers, shoes, as well as food. For more on his work, check out his site.
With a snip and a flicker, some glue and paper, Nazmul Howlader, a Fine Arts graduate from Pratt Institute in New York City, gives new life to an old notebook by filling it with creative collages of thoughtful whimsy. To see more of his work, visit his Behance page.