California-based artist Brian Scott Campbell creates some wild and abstract landscapes through his black and white works in graphite and charcoal that juxtapose highly detailed and representational imagery with abstract cartoon figures. Describing his work as “a reflection upon our strange but urgent longings, as well as the aesthetics of false utopias found in contemporary life”, Brian’s images are moody, surreal still lifes that move freely between the real and the unreal.
The recurring themes and motifs throughout Brian’s body of work, such as architectural and interior scenes, and a minimalist cartoonish reduction of objects and facial features, are made most interesting by their combination in a single space, which feels like a jumbled transmission of daydreamy thoughts. Some of the iconography and geometric forms give the drawings a contemporary feel influenced by a lot of the digitally-produced work in the visual world right now, however the visual world of these drawings is very much an organic and analog one. You can find more of Brian’s work here.