no particular order. These artists represent
some of the best anywhere, in any media. There is a tendency for
link rot on the web so sometimes these links will be broken, or
take you to some god awful domain for sale page, I'll update them
often and run a link checker on a regular basis. As to the artist's
: : Peter de Séve's work has always entertained and amused, I first saw his illustration
in the New Yorker. I hesitate to classify his style, since it is
in fact so unique but falls into the classic realm starting with
Hogarth and extending through to Doré. I'd call him a cartoonist
if that didn't diminish his accomplishment as an illustrator in
Look at X-Files
- the soundtrack. The confluence of New York, art song,
and Hollywood mixed here with a sadness and a tired smoky night
jazz scene just fills the page from edge to edge. This image reveals
his strength in capturing the moment.
Caricaturist does partially describe
his work, yet leaves something out as well. It's obvious that it's
all more than the sum of its parts and works on many level of art
and emotion. His work is living proof that "cartoons"
are art work. That the skills that are brought to bear in this work
are as fulsome as in painting. I'd go to a gallery show featuring
his work any day.
: : I.J.
Rose. This is the kind of painting that is fraught with
aesthetic danger. On the one hand it can often be merely a pale
copy of something from ABCville, a retro 80s New York throw back,
or it can be simply disposable. Unlike those sometimes whining complaints,
Lisa's painting is powerful, it commands a presence that approaches
the deliciously and monolithic. Some of the works are the size that
De Kooning worked in, a human dimension, rich with color, and
a painterly surface that make these abstract and figurative and
expressionist paintings rich and full. In fact there are faint echos
of De Kooning's figurative work here in the manipulation of the
paint, yet it is reserved where economy of means achieves more than
simply throwing on the painterly passion. She is very much in control
with her well thought out work. Make no mistake about it, I love
these paintings, they moved me quickly and excited me, they are
well worth spending some time just looking. On top of that she writes
and illustrates. See Purple
Lettuce for the pleasure of word and image.
: : Stephen
Dumayne Cardiff based artist and illustrator in the UK.
series is representative of this artists sense of wry humor. His
illustration style reminds one of some of the work of Ben
Shawn's, slightly less painterly, and certainly more whimsical
where Shawn was political. I like this artists work, pairing down
to a simplified geometry compositionally so that the viewer can
engage in meaning of each scene. This type of work is hard to carry
off in painting, since it combines into one aesthetic both the painterly
and the gently humorous, the art historical baggage that must be
jettisoned for this type of work to succeed, is a good argument
for this artists strengths. His web site's design is cleaver and
simple allowing one the feel of a gallery show.
: : awholelottnothing
represents a new way informal photography is changing and has
changed the aesthetic face of the arts. First of all Matt does not
make any claim to be an artist, but exposes his fine eye for photographic
detail which goes beyond the run of the mill usual "home photos"
along with a fine design sense he's revealed in his site. I spent
a lot of time looking at images here, just simply enjoying looking.
Much like discovering an excellent photo album on a couch in a welcoming
home. The over quality of the photos are well worth the effort,
they appear to have been made with an unusual relaxed ease,and have
a certainty about them which I find refreshing. No apologies for
being "sentimental" regarding some subject matter. They
simply reveal the photographer's pleasure in his subject matter.
Quite an accomplishment!
Steven Assael One look at Allison (Pencil on paper) tells you that you are in the presence
of a master of drawing. Powerful graphic strength combined with
an erotic delicacy of touch and control. There has been a lot of
press about this figurative artist and he's had many shows under
his belt since graduating and studying at Pratt in New York in 1979,
from what I've read he deserves as much praise as a human can stand.
His subject matter veers from what
we would expect in a more mundane "fine art" realist and
he has the ability to startle, look at Club
Kids and you'll see what I mean. Here's a fine artist that crosses
over into a hyper real world that exists in his imagination and
wants to interject itself into ours without apology in much the
same way someone like Brom
shoves his work into our face demanding time and attention.
There is an etheriality and fantastic
quality to Steven's work that makes it hallucinatory and strange
beyond what has become mere surrealism, so jaded are we by a constant
bombardment of TV adds and MTV. More related to the vain of gold
mined by Odd
Nerdrum than anything else yet Steven is deeper psychologically
in his analysis of the wonder of his subject matter.
: : Lisa
Whiteman is a photographer, and web designer with a far
above average portfolio of photographic images. One of my favorites?
in front of the grand canyon.There is a quietness surrounding
her pictures that suffuses them in a small meditative aura. Perhaps
it's the intimacy of her dark web pages which strikes the right
note. Above that here is a strength in her images that comes through
loud and clear, which I know sounds like a contradiction, sounds
like? She says : " I like pictures (looking at them, taking
them), getting new music, taking classes, and going new places.
I'm 28, live in a building that used to be a mortuary, and have
recently traded my car for a bike and a metro card. "
Which sounds entirely too sensible and reasonable to me. If you
want a look at a clear eyed and sensitive photographer, her site
is well worth the effort and time.
: : Alessandro
Bavari Here's an artist that just knocks you breathless
with the level of the quality of work. Senza
titolo or untitled is oil on wood and is an evocation of fantastic
realism as well as being very traditional. Drawing on traditional, digital, and photographic means
Bavari rakes the detritus of our civilization seeking to renew a
mythic past and infuse the viewer with a sense of the mysteries
that swirl in the subconscious and in the night sky. Another untitled
oil on wood is of vegetables and a model. I think he succeeds brilliantly
with a broad range of styles each powerfully rendered.
: : Ann
Kullberg. Not a CG artist at all and hence a little unusual
for a review here, althought iI have included illustrators her's
is the first "serious" artist I've covered. Ann works
in pencil, and graphite as I do. Her work is in a word magnificent,
then other words come to mind sensitive, aware, immediate. That
should do it. She has a way with pencil that defies the medium as
far as I'm concerned, in that in looking at her work there is little
evidence she is using pencil at all, very difficult to achieve,
and the product of long hours and years developing a truly original
style and technique. See Piano2
for the proof. She runs an online
magazine as well helping with and teaching technique. Go there,
be amazed, be very amazed. I love her style and her way with portraits.
Her look at children is especially excellent, without the usual
cloying smarmy romantic aura we usually see woven about them. Her
people are just real, caught in moments of happiness or thought.
I think she is a major talent, and deserves, as many do, wider exposure
by the art press.
: : Brom.
One glimpse at his painting and you know you are seeing the work
of a master of the fantastic in fantasy art and illustration. The
term Gothic Fetishism has been bandied about, I'm sure it suits
the marketing suits in the high glass towers, but in reality, Brom's
work takes one's breath away, as much as money does to them. If
you are into this kind of literature and unfettered illustration
of the imagination, it makes me remember fondly the first time my
eyes landed on a book cover by Michael Whalen, or a Mad magazine
back cover by Frank Frenzetta. Brom must have spent long hours pouring
over comics on a poorly lit brown knobby carpeted isle in some nasty
comic shop somewhere, just sucking in the breath of the American
sensibility of the macabre mixed with cheap comic book paper and
the smell of ink intermingled with a faint whiff of the curious
eroticism that wafts from the French and Spanish. How did he get
all that from a comic book?
Paper Tiger has published his work. You've
also seen his work from novels (Micheal Moorcock, Terry Brooks,
R.A.Salvatore, E.R. Burroughs), Role-playing (TSR, White Wolf, FASA,
WOTC), comics (DC, Chaos, Dark Horse), Games (Doom2, Diablo2, Heretic,
Sega, Activision), and film (Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow, Galaxy
Quest, Bless the Child, Ghosts of Mars, Scooby Doo.) Brom has been
active in the 3d world as well with a line of Brom fetish toys from
Fewture and a series of bronzes from the Franklin Mint. I want my
fetish toy NOW!
: : Stephen
Daniele is an illustrator with a long client list under his
belt and lives in the Northwest. He is a perfect example of the
truly modern artist with a vast skill set including oil and acrylic
painting, pencil, pen and marker rendering, Photoshop 5.5, 3D Studio
MAX 3.1, Poser 4, Painter 6, Quark Express and Adobe Illustrator.
Clients who have employed his services include: Lucas Films Ltd.,
20th Century Fox, Wizards of the Coast, Cadaco Toys, Harper Collins
Publishing, Precedence Entertainment, and Sovereign Press.
: : James
Browne online gallery. Owing a debt to Arthur
Rackham somewhat in style, yet lighter and certainly more sure
in execution and the technique of suffused delicacy , in a long
line of European fantasy illustrators from the turn of the century
on, James Browne excels at the mysterious lands just beyond the
corner of the eye when one is 8 years old, or when you have just
put down The Lord of The Rings, and taken a walk in a pale Autumn
night under a full moon, and one can hear, just beyond the edge
of hearing the laughter of creatures who owe no link to human kind,
moving among the moon beams in a forest.
: : Christophe Vacher's
portfolio site. You have seen his work innumerable times, in
movie theaters, without realizing what you were looking at, that
certain backgrounds and scenes were in fact painted on canvas prepared
with two coats of gesso.
" I do a pencil sketch on
paper, then on the canvas before painting with oils and alkyds or
Unlike matte painting which is done
on glass or digitally, another whole art in itself, the painting
of highly detailed backgrounds for major animations has to be another
kind of meticulous work, it must withstand prolonged viewing, convey
the illusion of depth, show a deep understanding of light and shadow,
but also work in the context that certain lenses will be used, distortion
effects have to be taken into account by the artist, and his work
falls under the scrutiny of a production group.
You may not have heard of Russian
Gothic either, a dark brooding world of intense psychological
fantasy, in which magic and terror are hand in hand.
: : Trent Grove has a site called
He's a Photoshop artist. To a person steeped in traditional art
training from the schools of the pre-50's and slightly past the
80's such a thing is merely only slightly removed from mud daubing,
worse it's done on computer. That means to the academic, university,
art magazine axis it's free from the art historical baggage that
demands faithful quiescence to weaving the aura of preciousness
around the aesthetic object. Hey it's "only" digital,
afteralll! To those kind of folk it's not Art. Little do they realize
what they are missing. Now I don't do art like this, don't think
like this, but neither of those things keeps me from admiring the
skill and attention to detail, the suffusion of color and the care
taken with the imaginative treatment of melancholy that this artist
has taken on.
: : The Matte painter Yanick
Dusseault. Senior Matte Painter on Lord of The Rings, among
others. This is a case where his range of skills and vision, put
to shame most traditional gallery artists, and recent graduates
from the University Art factories where imagination is discouraged
in favor of a bland desiccated easily digested forms requiring little
or no understanding.
: : Rene
Garcia's site Psychoform. Here the CG and graphics
art is brought to a high level with great imagination and skill,
related to and influenced by Japanese Anime, but going beyond Anime
by pushing its design and graphic boundaries, essentially recreating
a clichéd form and making it his own. He has pushed the detail
level of the Mech and futuristic industrial design to photorealistic
levels creating a science fiction vocabulary all his own without
leaving the realm of the realistic, making some machines as worn
and well used as an old favorite Dodge Dart.
: : "I'm 21 in Earth years and I live
in Fremont, CA (the Black Hole). I'm a full-time student at Cogswell
College in Sunnyvale (the Land of the Boring), home to about 4 females
and many nerds allergic to sunlight..." This begins the
comic and conceptual art portfolio site called Nethersphere
of a rather surprising freelance artist named Stephanie
Lostimolo. Surprising because of the level of craft and care
in the work. Here is someone who clearly shows vision and skill,
a great sense of humor, she can capture the gentle as well as the
violent in her work with a strong clear graphic line. I think she
has grasped with subtlety an understanding of fantasy and fairy,
in an assured and spontaneous style. Her colors and shading are
gorgious! Excellent! She is a freelancer and her contact email address