by CaroPosted on

The work of Los Angeles based artist Robert S. Connett, featured here on our blog, portrays a dark and bizarre world teaming with microscopic life. In his own words, “a collection of things that I find extremely appealing and engaging. I paint things that enchant me, and I paint because I enjoy seeing my imagination come to life.” His images present rare and overlooked creatures, from aquatic organisms like ciliates, shrimps, and crabs, to a myriad of butterflies and rainbow-colored grasshoppers, that he best describes as miracles of life.

by CaroPosted on

Robert S. Connett’s highly detailed and Natural Science-inspired illustrations have acquired a few labels, from strange, fantastical, alienesque, to unsettling. Even his website is “grotesque.com.” If evolution is an artist, then Connett’s artwork captures its unreal color palette and perspectives of worlds rarely explored. His studio in Los Angeles is filled to the brim with specimins, family photos and antiques that serve as reminders of his past and his inspiration. Rarely, if ever, does Connett invite visitors into this private space. In this exclusive interview, we discuss the thought process behind his new works.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

RS Connett forayed into the art world through an unusual path. In 1995, the artist woke up to find his home of 20 years engulfed in flames and everything, including his art collection, rapidly burning to the ground. Several years later, Connett knew a change was in order and relocated from San Francisco to LA at the age of 52 to pursue art full time. A San Francisco native, Connett came of age during the Summer of Love. The psychedelic influence of the 1960s is visible in his work, but his paintings of deep sea creatures contain dark and sometimes morbid elements despite their vibrant color palettes. Take a look at some of RS Connett’s work after the jump.

by Andy SmithPosted on

Game of Shrooms 2020 is coming! There’s less than five months until Game of Shrooms: Join artists and art hunters all over the world again on June 13, and follow the hashtags #gameofshrooms and #Shroomdrop on Instagram for previews from your favorite artists in your are, all over the world! It is open to ALL artists everywhere, even if you weren’t on the initial announcement. 

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Attaboy

This Saturday (June 15), artists all over the world will be hiding hand made mushroom paintings, sculptures and more for you to find! Look for them in Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin, Sheffield Uk, Amsterdam, Paris, Bangkok, Australia, the UK, Montréal, Holland, Israel, New Zealand, Ottawa, Melbourne, Australia, Cabooture Aust, Tokyo, Prague CZ, Trinidad, Stockholm Sweden, Edmonton, India (Delhi and Bombay), the UAE, and Serbia, Lebanon, Sweden, Toronto , Oaxaca, Mexico, Vannes, France, and more.

by Andy SmithPosted on

Daria Theodora

The 31st annual group show at La Luz De Jesus Gallery, titled Laluzapalooza 2017, brings 130 pieces from 64 artists into the space. There’s no theme to the enormous salon-style show, just a broad Post-Pop experience. The gallery says it sorted through thousands of submissions from “commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators, and working gallery artists” to get to the final line-up.