Monday Night Mash-up: 5 Favorite Artists

Okay, so first and foremost–this list was surprisingly hard to make. Not because I struggled to find five artists worthy of deeming my favorite, but because I limited the number to just five. One of the beautiful things about art for me is that it has the ability to impact my life in a variety of ways, and the range of art only adds to the range of areas in my life it inspires and intrigues. Another things I love is the magnanimity of what falls under the umbrella term of ART. Each artist has a style, and a form, a medium and a message, and each one has come into my life at just the right time, filling in some gap in my world that needed a bit of creative filler. These artist draw materials that range from canvas to skin, with colors drawn from all ends of the spectrum. These are my fave five, which are yours?

1. Banksy. A very well known street artist out of Europe (let’s be honest, is there anyone who hasn’t heard of him?), who specializes in political works–generally stencil but sometimes free-form–that most often convey some kind of bold message. I think the style is passionate and raw, and comes from a daring, yet coy creator. I believe it is still a mystery as to his (or her?!) true identity–though speculations have recently been made.

To me Banksy is just highly visually appealing. The pieces are simple, and yet very masterfully created. I have The Girl With The Balloon, a very popular Banksy piece, tattooed on my forearms, as well as printed on large formatted canvas on my bedroom wall.

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2. The French tattoo artist Xoil. It is my life goal to get a tattoo by this man. The works are unlike anything I’ve seen before–just beyond imagination. He mixes regular images with geometric shapes to create pictures that invoke feelings of wonderment, mixed with a slight feeling of being disturbed. The colors are mostly primary and black, the topics of interest usually something slightly circus-esque.

I stumbled across the work of Xoil while browsing tattoo websites on the internet, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the statement pieces he creates, and you can really feel a sense of personality–he obviously puts a lot of his own heart, soul, and ideas into his tattoos, which for me adds greatly to the feel.

xoil

3. This art is from a Japanese anime film called Five Centimeters Per Second.
The film is directed by Makoto Shinkai, but the art itself is done by various people. It is both animated and drawn-out art, which is what helps create the immense beauty. The color scheme is breath-taking, and the choice of scenery and natural content is unsurpassed. Honestly, the first time I watched this film (I have a tendency to latch on to anime films and watch them again and again), I was nearly moved to tears by the work of art.

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4. Brian Viveros: female painter extraordinaire. Another artist I have been familiar with for many years, Viveros portrays women in very provocative ways, challenging gender stereotypes while at the same time highlighting others. His paintings are very similar, yet each of them holds its own certain charm. The women look tough yet coy, seductive yet intimidating to every degree.

I think the women are all very lovely, and the mixing of American memorabilia, tattoo art, and natural elements creates very impacting art to me. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be a badass woman with awesome plant-hair?

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5. Minjae Lee: aka, my newest obsession. She is a young South Korean artist who mixes paint and illustration to create some of the most amazing pieces I have ever seen. The precision of her work pairs with the intense color-black and white mix to make insanely beautiful pieces. Always a portrait of a woman, always conveying some sad, or brooding, or mysterious emotion, always mixed with geometry, and color (and did I mention it was intense?!) What else can I say? This. Is. IT. 

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It is very important for an artist to be able to appreciate another artists work; in fact, I would argue that it is one of the greatest ways to gain inspiration and motivation. As I stated, there are so many other artists who could have made this list, but what’s important is that a little bit of the beauty that the world has to offer can be spread and appreciated, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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Brain picker: a few ART favorites

In light of my recent post on the definition of art, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites from around the web. Much like the art I make, the art I enjoy varies, and the style depends strongly on my mood; that’s one of my favorite things about art though, it’s such a distinctly human entity, always capable of change. This list has been found and collected over the past few years, and every time I go back through it, I’m reminded of where I was in life, and how art helped me in a time that was truly rough. Therein lies the beauty of the depth and expression that is art. 

These are in no particular order, and are just a few of the many wonderful things I have come across over time.

  1. Minjae Lee is a young South Korean artist who combines illustration with paint to create moody, intense works that evoke wonder and emotion. The depth of color and grey reflects the dichotomies that make up the world. For me, the works are just plain stunning; I’m moved by the blacks, and uplifted by the wondrous colors. A great collaboration of her work can be found here.
  2. I found Brian Viveros longest ago, and even after a few years, the art still moves me. The darkness of the paintings couples with the dark content to form perfect tonality. The women are all mirror images, yet each one has a different history, different emotions and different surroundings, making each very unique and worth looking at. There is a sense of sadness that undertones each work, and I think at times, I am attracted to the pieces because I can so closely relate. His work is collected here.
  3. When it comes to watercolor, Marion Bolognesi is at the forefront in my mind. It’s not the immense detail that is used which stands out, but the haunting lack-thereof–The eery portrayal of only eyes, or eyes and a mouth, create a mystified and moving work, which easily looks into the viewer’s mind and being. Somehow, the lack of completion lends to the power in the pieces, and each time I view them, I am incited to a new depth of emotion and thought. A nice collaboration of work can be found here.
  4. Lastly is a really great collective page of a huge number of artists, each worth adoration in his own way. These works are largely surreal, which tends to be my style all around. It may take a few minutes to scroll through and appreciate them all, but it is absolutely worth every second of time. Some of them are adaptive of nature, some are interpretive of Star Wars and classic literature stories, and some are just plain quirky, fun, and weird (like me!).

These are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my definition of art, but that’s a beautiful thing! The world is massive, and tastes, and inspirations are all different, and all dependent on where we are, who we are, and what we want to convey and become. Art is not only unique in itself, but is unique to each person making it and viewing it as well. We take away what we want, and then give it again in what we pass on to the world next. So I suppose you could say this is my art, and what I’m passing on is the consolation and inspiration I have found here before.