Sunday, December 12, 2010

Andrew Hurle

Well, I might be stretching the bounds of Compressed Painting a little here. Andrew Hurle creates these amazing prints, digital works etc. by recombining photos and drawing with the clone tool. He addresses a range of social issues and phenomenon in his work, but my examples are all from his outstanding porn series.

The website has a lot of interesting stuff, especially digital art (naturally, the best kind of art to see on the web). I highly recommend having a browse.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Michael Harrison

More pop-surrealism, I know. What can I say, it's like the voice of our generation or something. I get tired of it sometimes.

Michael Harrison puts a nice spin on clean Magritte-esque symbolism. He also has a big thing for birds and naked women.

Nathan Spoor

Finding your way through Nathan Spoor's illustrations gives you a wonderful feeling of secret knowledge, like reading the Narnia books for the first time as a child, or staking out an anthill as your private kingdom.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cheryl Molnar

Cheryl Molnar explores the broad themes of the American Dream with oil and collage works on wood panels.

Buddy Nestor

Buddy Nestor has this endearingly unselfconscious attitude, and it comes through in his work. He definitely proves that it's cool to like cult and horror movies and metal music and be inspired by them if you're frank about it, and accept who you are.

I mean, just listen to this quote from his website:

"Painting in isolation on the boat, showed me the calming effect that the creative process had on my mind and body.  I returned to school and received a B.A in Fine Arts.

The series I am presently working on is called, “Every Girl Goes to Hell”.  All of the models I use for these portraits are very beautiful.  However, when I paint them, they are very ugly."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Caroline Achaintre

These hand-made wool tapestries by Caroline Achaintre have an expressionist style I wouldn't have thought possible with the gridded rows of a fabric piece, yet here they are.