“I’m mainly influenced by various forms of print, and this is quite clear within my work. Through working with pencil and ink, I draw upon print techniques to emulate the quality and aesthetic of manual printing even when working digitally.
“I’m a huge fan of storytelling, especially of the sort you find in Spaghetti Westerns (“For a Few Dollars More” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”), Film noir, and anything medieval. But I’m particularly inspired by the work of 18th century engraver Thomas Bewick, whose woodblock prints are madly intricate…”
Aimée van Drimmelen is an illustrator, graphic designer and animator residing on the west coast of Canada. She has exhibited art in New York and Montréal, and works regularly with clients in publishing, music and design.Her circular works were originally painted by hand on drum skins.
“I have long been interested in the idea of finding one’s way, both literally and metaphorically. The stars can give you your bearings, like Polaris, or tell you your longitude and latitude. The Mesopotamians saw many things in the heavens: Orion’s belt, and the twelve signs of the zodiac to name but a few. Later, others saw different patterns there so that, for instance, the Assyrian Hired Man and the Swallow became the constellations of Aries and Pisces.
What struck me about these star maps is that with the slight effort of imagination one can see what one wants there, just as a cloud can look like a camel, a hat and a trombone respectively to different people. A constellation implies a relationship. The stars are grouped together to form a pattern and then a label is put on that pattern. Perception works in much the same way. We call a flat surface with four (although not necessarily) legs a table. But whence this identity? What defines “tableness?”
I decided to come up with my own set of imaginary constellations. First drawn in pencil, they were scanned into a computer and then turned into a negative. I have sought to make them pleasing to the eye, and to give them a stark simplicity so that they will look well in many sorts of space.”
Ameesha Lee Earnshaw is an Australian illustrator who is currently based in Toronto, Canada. She started her career
in one of the most isolated cities in the world, Perth, Western Australia, as a graphic designer. Before long she made
the move to the big city of Sydney where she worked as a motion graphics designer for various post production and
Two years later, with itchy feet & high hopes, she boarded a plane in the summer of 2003 and headed to the snow
capped city of Toronto where she found a home in the creative team at MTV. With a love for all projects illustrated
& moving, she finds delight in anything hand-drawn, stitched up, cut-out, moved around and painted on and eagerly
awaits her next adventure. She loves working with inspired quirky-types who also like drinking ridiculous amounts of
hot tea (Earl Grey please) with the occasional bickie (Australian for cookie) while discussing time travel and why jet
packs are yet to be invented.
She finds it, paints it, prints on it, punches it, cuts it out, arranges it and pastes it down to compose everything from pigeons to postmen.
Originally from Whitby, Ontario, Ashley now lives in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD in 2007 with a Bachelor of Design and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.
“I’m intrigued by the wide open expanses that harbor so many hidden secrets, it’s beautiful landscapes, dangerous and varied wildlife and the diminishing cultures that all exist in such close proximity to one another. It is so different to our lives here in the western world, that I now actually feel more comfortable among the wilds of Africa and the various tribes I visit than I do in my own town. I now feel myself longing to be back in the harsh realities of Africa anytime I am away from it”.
Ben’s regular travel to Africa and his subsequent photographic journeys have seen him drive thousands upon thousands of kilometers through all of southern and eastern Africa in search of that perfect image.
Personal Website: www.benmcraephotography.com
Carolin Loebbert is an illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, and since then her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and exhibitions around the world.
“I’m drawn to nature, music, people, poems, animals, history, science, the past, the future, the present…pretty much everything I get in touch with during the day. I think that nature is the root of everything: it’s basic and essential and surrounded by a marvellous spirit, and that especially inspires me to create. If just one person is able to look at my work and get new ideas, or feel happy, or feel that same marvellous spirit I felt, then I am satisfied.”
Personal website: www.carolinloebbert.de
"My practice is deeply rooted in the act of drawing as it provides access to a fragmented visual reality that indirectly describes what's going on in my mind. Like dreaming, drawing reveals the inner history gleaned from what is observed and warped by the imagination. Its a process that has always been present for me, I would constantly draw and doodle during classes, but not until I enrolled in art school did it begin to emerge as my medium of choice. It appealed to me because of how simple an act drawing is, its wide applications to other mediums, and its highly ephemeral qualities. As my drawing practice progressed I began reflecting on contemporary and historical images from books, magazines, photographs, and memories. I now pull to the surface the emotionally charged images which are then deconstructed and simplified, combining the strange and ambiguous with the representational. I look to reference the historical narrative and utopian vision, while not presenting a definitive narrative to allow for multiple readings by the viewer."
I try to live a life of observation and creation.
I am interested in building something from nothing.
Starting from scratch. Making new paths.
I am interested in patterns and form.
I am thinking about how we relate.
I am thinking about design and process.
I want to stop worrying about where I am going.
I want to focus on learning and building.
Devin Tepleski is a photographer, filmmaker, social researcher and founder of Friends of Bui, a non-profit dedicated to empowering, through photography and film, Ghanaian communities displaced by Bui Hydroelectric Dam.
His photographic work has been exhibited widely and collected around the world. After winning a 2010 International Photography Award for Portraiture, the 2011 Hearst Bienniale in New York, and receiving a nomination by the IPA's for Discovery of the Year, he was invited to exhibit his work alongside some of his photographic heroes. The show with Massimo Vitali, Joel Meyerowitz, Abelardo Morell, and others went up at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in Manhattan in the summer of 2011.
Grady Mitchell is a writer and photographer in Vancouver, Canada. He's particularly interested in documentary and portraiture work. When not working (even when he should be working) he enjoys travel, motorcycles, and not letting people touch his bellybutton.
Personal Website: www.gradycmitchell.com
Hannah Campbell is an artist based in Vancouver, on Coast Salish Territories. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and has received multiple awards for her work, including a Canon Photography Award. Hannah uses art as a medium to share stories and create collective experiences between strangers. Her recent work is an exploration of how imagery, storytelling and memories are connected. Through social engagement with the public, she seeks to create a narrative of untold stories of the everyday. Check out more of her work on her personal site.
Backyard and Long Walk are part of a series taken while completing an artist residency in the Norwegian Arctic Circle.
The pixelation of these faces confounds our anthropomorphic projections and frustrates our tendency to want to read signs of temperament/character in our pet animals. A common reaction is to assume criminality – perhaps that’s just a sign of watching too much Cops With Cameras .
“I am a 19 year old female/painter, born in North Carolina but very much of British descent. When I am not in the studio I can be found writing explicit limericks, reading furiously, or modelling for other young artists and designers.”
Jakob Wagner was born 1985 in Herdecke, Germany. In summer 2008, he successfully completed his three-year apprenticeship as a photographer. He has since been living in Duesseldorf, where he has been working as a freelance photographer and image editor. His work has taken him to many different countries around the world. His personal photography projects, will culminate in future books and exhibitions.Personal Website: www.jakobwagner.eu
“My hand moves a lot. My legs move all the time. My eyes occasionally hurt. The first time I was conscious of creating art was when I started failing classes because my hand refused to let my eyes move away from the paper I was sketching on. I grew up in a small town with a rubber factory emanating awful smells from its center.
“My grandfather taught me how to fish, which birds were which, why I shouldn’t paint my fingernails and how to take a punch. These are the things I remember.
“In the form of drums, broken instruments, stolen xylophones. My camera is always with me. Photographs of places or moments I don’t want to end. Most of what I create stems from the things which fascinate me. My fear, my hatred, my inability to stop using the technology that is at once making it easier to find your way home and also turnings books into machines which are turning brains into mush which are going to make the spelling bees of the future very easy to win or push them into utter extinction.”
2004 BFA Mass College of Art
2000 School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Lives and works in Salem, MAX
I’m a french illustrator, currently living in Le Mans, France. Before becoming an illustrator, i was, by turns : an astrophysician, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an esperanto teacher. I hope I can someday have enough free time to devote myself to my real passion : time travel.”
Eibatova Karina is an illustrator and fine-artist, born in Leningrad, USSR ( St.Petersburg, Russia ), currently based in Vienna, Austria. Karina specialises in drawing, illustration, murals, video, calligraphy and typography.
Her portfolio reveals a versatile artist equally adept at colorful surrealist explorations as well as more traditional approaches.
Karinas work is connected to the notions of nature, peace and love. Influenced by Earth and space, she delicately transforms floral motives into her own surreal, psychedelic scenes, rebelling against the remorseless actions of society and the continual destruction of the environment. She was fond of drawing since childhood, she studied classical art disciplines in St. Petersburg, fine art education in Sweden, contemporary art in Moscow, media art in Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna.
Personal website: www.eika.work
Take a look at Kelly's personal site here.
Kevin Chupik was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1967, and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1992 with a B.F.A in Painting and Drawing. After receiving his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995, Kevin moved to Las Vegas, where he has been living and working since 1997. Since 2003, he has been teaching painting, drawing and design at the College of Southern Nevada. A lifetime of interest in imagery, history, language, and travel has fed numerous bodies of work, spanning the last two decades. Kevin’s work is amongst private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.Personal Site: www.chupikpaintings.com
Kimi Pryor was born in Santa Monica, CA, and grew up in Los Angeles. She studied at Oberlin College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a BFA in painting and drawing. Her work has been featured in publications such as Carpaccio and Blanket Magazine. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, and is a founding member of the HAND Drawing Collective.
Personal website: www.kimipryor.com
“Photography for me is the ideal tool for expressing my emotions and feelings as well as doing some kind of scientific research on topics that interest me. This leads to highly subjective pictures, grounded in facts and blended with personal expressions and aesthetics. I like irony in my pictures, both towards the chosen topics I am working on, as well as towards the portrayed persons. What interests me in my photographic work is the hidden aspects of everyday life in its varying forms, as well as social groups with their own codes and rules. I like to get a view behind the scenes and to work on my projects witch a conceptual approach."
“The beauty and brutality of Nature has been a constant source of inspiration for my personal artistic exploration. While impossible to surpass Her, my study of Nature and the phenomenon that is life has been a continuous investigation of organic patterns and forms, stemming both from visual observation and also subconscious mark-making. Using an array of mixed media and processes, I create my works by overlapping variegated layers of these materials to attempt to portray the chaos, organization, and paradox of our world. Rooted in the commandments of Nature’s actuality, my work abstracts and skews organic truths to create new validity in my images. Personal experiences, memories, internal symbols, and my fascination with art historical imagery are translated though my studies into pattern and shape.”Personal Website: www.kylekogut.com
Laura Berger is an artist & illustrator based in Chicago.
Her work is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves & each other, and the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. She is interested in rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole.
Laura has exhibited her work in various places around the world, has a line of paper goods, and also creates short animations & paints murals from time to time. You can see more of her work at www.lauraberger.com.
“I started making abstract work as a remedy to the stress of big city life. The simple act of using a ruler to create shapes which then could explode with color was so pure and comforting that I was compelled to do it again and again. I love turning my brain off and just getting lost in the growth of the images. It’s such a luxury.
These works verge on, but specifically avoid, mathematical precision, wandering instead toward an invocation of effigies, otherworldly maps, and emblems of future religions. Both the process and the product can be defined as meditation.”
“There’s a world of magic and fantasy that lives in my mind that I’m constantly trying to project and define. I hope that both my art and my music provide imagery for these surreal landscapes, to venture the mind into certain zones, and to bring communion to those who feel separated.”
Moments come to greet us
and I am startled by the violence of the earth separated
by the silence of the fields.
The blue crab scurrying over hot asphalt,
the weight of water wrapped around the shoulders of downtown.
The blur of dirty traffic on top of earth pressing into itself.
I eat lunch between the shadows of buildings
which are not the wet pines in the forest and I feel the sky moving in me,
and I notice how the cement of a city sets off the green fire of my heart.
I open and close.
“I’ve always been artistic. Drawing and creating things just came naturally and it was what i always wanted to do from an early age. My work is very narrative driven, I cannot help creating little stories in my head about the scenes or characters I create. I like to include as much depth in my work as I can, so when you come back and look at it you discover a new element. A lot of my work depicts scenes of nature and the beauty of a landscape. I use layered shapes and color’s to create vast worlds and scenes ranging from a snowy wilderness to fantasy wonderlands that always engage the viewer.”
Marcus Gunnar Pettersson was born in a small town in the middle of Sweden. He currently attends Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, in Stockholm.
“I have always seen myself as someone who creates. And I’ve always loved to create. There isn’t much in life that can compete with that, except for loving. And my love for creation is important.
“I find it very hard to know what inspires me. It is more like a feeling that is floating inside, without knowing what the reason for it is. It’s almost like I get inspired by the inspiration itself. I like watching things grow, like nature. And I like awkward moments too, like when you accidentally say something inappropriate and there’s suddenly a weird and painful silence in the room. I love that. Don’t know why. Maybe I am provocative in social situations.
“I feel down to earth, and at the same time not at all. As I said before, I love nature and I love people, which is why I always draw at cafés. So that I can meet people and drink my coffee. My style is like people and nature: organic. And occasionally creepy.
“I try to be open minded. I work with chance, making coffee stains and trying to draw something out of it. Exercises for the mind. I love what I do, and I’m just going along that track. I don’t know were I will end up, or what the future looks like. After all, I’m just someone who creates…”
Mark Warren Jacques is an artist and optimistic amateur philosopher based in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout North America and has been featured in such publications as Juxtapoz, Arrested Motion, D Magazine, and Licht.
“I am a painter, a dreamer, a reader, often a thinker, ambitious, and living for love and beauty. My work is a major connector between my body and my mind. Sometimes life is pretty wearing on the soul and the body, so the work becomes a resting place.“Art is a place to get away from everything and to connect to myself, both in thought and in the action of making stuff. It also connects me in a very direct way to the way I understand the world around me.”
Nick was born and raised under the damp, grey skies of North West England and, once he became of age, spent two years drying off in New York, USA.
His personal work follows an architectural line of enquiry applied to landscape principally documenting the northern parts of the United Kingdom through geometrical harmony and the square format.
Personal Website: www.nickworley.co.uk
“A person addicted to imagery.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece.
At first, photography was a substitute for painting.
Soon, it became daily life.”
With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, Rebecca Chaperon takes the imaginative subjects of her paintings and establishes an ability to engage people by speaking to the enchantment of our human experience. Her paintings act as a means of storytelling, conveying the notion of human struggle in the 21st century. Tempered by references to the synthesized, modern world she combines the classical landscape aesthetics of the past with an aspect of ambient self-reflective self-portraiture.
Born in England in 1978, Rebecca settled in Toronto, Ontario at age 8. She attended Emily Carr University where she studied fine arts until graduation in 2002. She has exhibited her work across Canada and has been featured in several Canadian publications.
“My work is characterized by geometric forms interacting with organic marks. This is seen in a variety of ways, such as a rigid line next to a loose application of paint or gradient. I notice these relationships in nature as well: a tree breaking through a concrete sidewalk, or a housing development by a river. I want to examine these relationships between natural and built landscapes, conjuring a new sense of place. By confronting the viewer’s perception of landscape, I aim to question how these unceasing amalgamations change how we identify with our environments, and perceive ourselves within them.”
Sarah Burwash grew up in a small mountain town in British Columbia, Canada. Sarah graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and print making. Working in a variety of media from drawing and collage to video and ceramics, Sarah’s work most often takes form in narrative watercolour paintings and installation. Sarah currently resides in Nova Scotia, working full time as an artist and freelance illustrator.
Personal Site: www.sarahburwash.com
Originally hailing from Vancouver Island, Seb Evans is a Montreal based emerging artist whose drawing and print based work explores ideas surrounding identity through the lens of history. His work focuses on labour, marginalized populations and our relationship to the land where we live. Further, he reclaims agency in creating and propagating alternative or lesser known histories while combatting jingoist sensibilities. He utilizes archival imagery, turning his collection of work into a filtered archive of its own. The abstraction of an historical document into a visual piece allows broader access to the oft obfuscated,“rose-coloured lenses” of our collective stories of identity.
Seth Smith's paintings reflect his need to escape into a world of eerie motels, 1000 ft ships, wind lapped leaves, sunburned exteriors, biscuits and gravy, window unit buzz, free HBO, poorly lit diners, cool shade over pools, the absurdity of the jet set, and the open roads they all live on.
Shawn Demarest is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. Each piece in “Gems”, her recent abstract series, begins with pencil lines that ground an initial expressive impulse to the panel. Layers of paint are then built up, glazed, and cut-in over days, adhering to the form of the initial lines. There is no expectation or plan, just curiosity and often joy as the image evolves. This work represents a study in presence, color, line, and intuitive response.
Shawn is a 2012 & 2015 RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council) grant recipient and exhibits frequently in the Pacific Northwest.
You can see more of her work at www.shawndemarest.com
Stevie Ada Klaark is an artist who lives and works in Ithaca, NY, USA and Minneapolis, MN, USA. Klaark is pursuing her MFA in Visual Art at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), (anticipated 2017). Her work has been featured on Art Hound (Brooklyn, New York); Artsy Forager (Eureka, California); Booooooom! (Vancouver, BC, Canada); Buy Some Damn Art (Brooklyn, New York); Hyperallergic (Brooklyn, New York); and Rate My Artist Residency (RMAR) (Brooklyn, New York). Her work has been published in Paint Pulse Magazine, Issue 3 (New York, NY) and on the cover of the Chicago Review, Issue 59 : 1 /2 (Chicago, IL).
Her website can be found here.
“I chose to work on paper for this series because I view its physical properties as temporal, and its fragility as appropriately related to the relationship between nature and indigenous culture."
My current paintings engage with the idea of the repetition of a calculated action, and the inconsistencies that result as the act is performed again and again. Each work starts as a basic grid structure, and through the monotonous process of addition and subtraction using repeated colours and techniques, the resulting pattern is contrasted by the performative action of its making and the unpredictable nature of oil paint. This has brought me to the realization that the more something is repeated, the more it changes. That ultimately, there is really no such thing as repetition, only variation.”
TJ Watt is an award winning photographer living in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC. He combines his passion for wilderness adventure and conservation by documenting some of today’s most pressing environmental issues.
TJ is also the co-founder of The Ancient Forest Alliance. The Ancient Forest Alliance is a British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province.Personal Website: www.tjwatt.com
“I am fascinated by the human desire both to hide and to perform. In a visual way, I collect memories, thresholds and hiding places and attempt to re-manufacture them. My work expresses my natural inclination towards introversion and the opposition of displaying artwork essentially about hiding.
For the last four years I have been appropriating anonymous photographs, etchings and postcards with incorporated personal symbols such as hair, hoods and masks painted on the surface with gouache. In the process I attempt to reveal aspects of imagined inner personalities of the sitter while entirely in the knowledge that I am cloaking them with parts of myself. I use these portraits as psychological clotheshorses in which to create grotesque and sinister scenarios, enabling me to project thoughts, fears and anxieties in an immediate and direct way often with a macabre sense of humor.
Tom Edwards is a graduate from the University of Brighton with a degree in Illustration. He now lives and works in London, England.
“As an Illustrator I like to explore narratives and enjoy adding lots of elements that all add up to tell one larger story. I also like to add a sense of fun to my work, creating unusual or unrealistic things.
“With the landscapes here, each image starts and ends at the same point, meaning they can be placed alongside each other to form a new landscape, and can then be moved around to create yet another new landscape! I find this exciting as each individual can create their own personal landscape in whatever order they like.”Personal website: www.edwardstom.com
Personal Website: www.troymoth.com
“As I visualize the world around me morphing into fragments of digitized color, the abstract harmony of our environment simultaneously resists. Our ecosystems change, our environments change and we change. I believe my job as a painter is to capture this change as it is occurring. In my work, elements of abstract layering, color theory and spontaneity are merged to form rural and urban scenes that appear to be in constant transition, taking the viewer from what was to what may be.
“It is through this idea of continual movement that my paintings suggest the places we know are always changing, whether we are ready for them to or not…”Personal website: www.tysanthrobe.com