This series of colorful abstract works by Brazilian artist Joelson Bugila is full of fun energy. Part of a recent solo exhibition, Bugila’s compositions are a saturated scrapbook of object-oriented details swimming in form, color, and texture.
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.
Jamian Juliano-Villani is an artist based in NYC whose paintings are an interesting mix of reappropriated cartoon pop culture and surreal, unsettling, and sometimes narrative scenes in a flat, graphic style. Jamian’s work is similar to some contemporary nostalgia-referencing artists but retains a uniquely mysterious quality.
I love coming across new work that puts a unique spin on illustration rooted in abstraction. Brooklyn-based Illustrator Michael Molfetas has a smart and reduced graphic style that has one foot in the Keith Haring school of free-form intuitive linework and the other in character-based idiosyncrasy.
I’m a sucker for weird, tripped out, colorful imagery–especially in motion. NYC-based multidisciplinary design studio EyeBodega is thoroughly all of those things, describing their work as “post-apocalyptic modernism.” With a focus on work for underground art and music culture, founders Rob Chabebe and Joe Perez have created a body of work spanning print, interactive, photography, and video that is jarring, glitchy, and perfect for the contemporary music scene it often finds itself in.
Icelandic artist and illustrator Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir doesn’t seem to put a label on her multitude of creative outlets. As a Reykjavik-based visual artist, her work spans from illustration to comics and sculpture. On top of that, she’s also a member of the indie electro-pop group FM Belfast.
I recently came across the work of London-based illustrator Tom Sewell and loved his weird mastery of both gradients and food-related imagery. Tom’s work is an exuberant mix of hard-edged graphic elements and processed photographs that has a unique and contemporary vibe with an odd sense of humor.
This animated spot by London-based studio Formation is a beautifully simple visualization of a story using a bare minimum of representative imagery. Done for the launch of a new recruitment platform called Krow, Formation carries the narrative of the spot along with a series of scenes where solid geometric shapes interact with each other to tell a story without literally illustrating much of anything.