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In a new collection of paintings and drawings, Kevin Cyr pays tribute to the working class via worn vehicles spotted and documented around New York City. “Labor Day” at Jonathan Levine Projects in New Jersey progresses the artist’s love affair with the concept of what vehicles say about the people who drive them. Cyr first appeared in the pages of this magazine in Hi-Fructose Vol. 10, and he’s part of the “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose” exhibit, currently at Crocker Art Museum.
Painter Peter Ferguson returns to Roq La Rue Gallery with "Skip Forward When Held," bringing his sensibility that blends notes of the Dutch Renaissance, Lovecraftian creatures, and more. The show, running through January 25 at the space, brings new oil paintings to the space. Ferguson was last featured on our site here.
Michelle Avery Konczyk's riveting watercolor paintings offer surreal, intimate portraits. With the artist's custom framing for each work, each work functions as a gateway to the artist's explorations. The artist’s new show, "Les Fleurs" at Arch Enemy Arts, offers her most recent work and runs through June 28. The artist was last featured on
As a tribute to this “most wonderful time of the year” artists Lauren YS and Makoto Chi have created twenty-eight works (and a mural) for their new “Five Poisons” exhibition. We’ve interviewed the artists about the work. Click image above to read it, or else.
Illustrator-turned-fine artist Janice Sung’s figures seem at home amidst natural settings, whether in a lily pad pond or a garden, floating like a near-translucent milk specters. Her recent gallery showing at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, the first using physical media by the artist. We asked the artist a few questions about her new body of work and about transitioning from digital to physical media. Click the above already and read the exclusive interview.
Peter Saul’s surreal acrylic paintings have reflected, challenged, and parodied the status quo for the past six decades. In a new show at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, titled “Fake News,” Saul tackles the era of Trump in a new collection of paintings that rethink pieces of art history in the process. Saul was last mentioned on here.

Kirsten Anderson visits with Netherland painter Chris Berens at his studio, discussing his unique process of working. Camera and Editing by Kenny Montana for Hi-Fructose Magazine. We're very pleased to premiere this amazing artist with a ten page feature by Kirsten in Hi-Fructose Volume 9.

Part II of Kirsten Anderson's visit with Netherland painter Chris Berens at his studio, discussing his unique process of working. Camera and Editing by Kenny Montana for Hi-Fructose Magazine. We're very pleased to premiere this amazing artist with a ten page feature by Kirsten in Hi-Fructose Volume 9. Look for his solo show at Roq La Rue in Seattle coming this December and exclusive coverage of the show on

Hi-Fructose is surprised and honored beyond measure to be Chris Mars' pick for "Artists of the Year" for the City Pages (Minneapolis Weekly.) This would be a full blow blog post but we're trying to show some restraint and modesty by posting this to the News section. Chris Mars is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work is included in several public collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota History Center. His debut monograph, Tolerance , was released in September by Billy Shire Fine Arts Press/Last Gasp Publishing.

Hi-Fructose Collected Edition Hardcover book is available for purchase. This is a "best of" selection from the first four hard-to-find volumes of Hi-Fructose in one hardcover 250-page edition. View preview images here!

Gina Kiel’s vibrant murals are informed by the spaces and walls they inhabit across the globe. Her work has recently adorned spots in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Mexico.
Juanjo Surace’s expertise in animation and character design comes through the murals he crafts on walls across the globe. His surreal work often confronts themes from our own reality, from death and solitude to technology and consumption. The above work, "The Trip," was painted over 14 days in Vinaròs.
Paris-based duo MonkeyBird is known for enormous stencil work on walls across the globe. Their anthropomorphic figures, often rendered as black-and-white line drawings, are set against gorgeously rendered architecture and Nouveau designs. Recent work has always taken the pair’s work inside spaces.
Chicago-based artist Joey D. has garnered a reputation for his pop-surrealist murals and animations. His work recalls, in some cases, '90s-era animation and the iconography of the Chicago area.
Amy Crehore brings her joyful paintings to La Luz de Jesus Gallery with the aptly named "Bathers, Buskers & Cats." The show, running through Dec. 1 at the Los Angeles space, offers a set of oil on linen works that move through time, cultures, and touches of surrealism, all while staying true to that title.
Here's a sneak peek at the next issue of Hi-Fructose, in mailboxes and on shelves around the world in January! This issue features: the paintings of Eunjeong Choi, the paintings of Riika Sormunen, a retrospective on the art and life of Eyvind Earle, the narrative quilts of Bisa Butler, the geometric B-Boy sculptures of Taku Obata, the dense digital collages of Luis Toledo, cover artist Mitsuru Watanabe's take on classic paintings, the figurative paintings of Kati Heck, and a review on a new documentary on special effects legend Phil Tippett! Plus: a 16-page insert on the drawings of Ozabu printed on fine toothy paper, and more. Reserve a copy here—or even better, get a one-year subscription here or a two-year subscription here.

Jessica Stoller's porcelain sculptures both examine art-historical notions of the material and how the female body has been depicted. Her current show at PPOW Gallery in New York City, titled “Spread,” offers new pieces from the artist. The show runs through Feb. 15 at the space.

Roman Klonek’s woodcut prints return in a new show at Galerie vorn und oben in Eupen, Belgium. "Cut²" collects several new works from artist, influenced by vintage posters and pop culture. The show arrives next month at the gallery. Klonek was last mentioned on here.
We live in strange times and artists Michael Kerbow and Mike Davis both have something in common: they use surrealism and time travel to address modern and existential issues. Click above to read the Hi-Fructose exclusive interviews with painters Mike Davis and Michael Kerbow about their respective solo showings.
Artist and animation director Joe Vaux paints what he likes. His personal work is teeming with impish demons. His cheerful hellscapes are populated with lost souls, sharp toothed monstrosities, and swarms of wrong-doers. And yet, there’s an innocence to all of this. Click to read the Hi-Fructose exclusive interview with Joe Vaux.
Former illustrator turned full-time painter Gregory Hergert’s work has been described as “urban Surrealism”. He paints non-traditional themes in a traditional manner, yet allows the medium to shine through the often brutal settings depicted in his work.
The acrylic paintings of Olan Ventura reference the still-life paintings of the Old Masters, yet take a contemporary turn in conveying what only appear to be printing errors that run hues off the canvas. While conveying “glitches” with paint can be found in the practices of contemporaries, Venture is able to navigate both ends of time in his faithful recreations.
Cathrin Hoffmann extracts unexpected textures and forms in her oil and acrylic paintings. The surreal forms she creates has often been compared to those created through digital means, yet Hoffman’s practice spans multiple medium and approaches. Her latest work is included in the The Hole’s current group show "Post Analog Studio," which specifically looks at how digital means have changed art.
Jim Shaw's paintings are striking fusions of pop culture, political histories, and found, scenic backdrops. The artist's varied approach has evolved over decades, with his recent work working with acrylics layered on muslin. Some of the works implement "theatrical scenic backdrops" purchased by Shaw, combining canvases from the 1940s and 1950s and his own style.
Jessica Hess’s paintings of time-worn structures feel patched together like memories, carrying signs of past stages and residents. The artist’s ongoing dialogue with "survey of derelict spaces void of human presence,” as described in one statement, takes a more vibrant turn in how these buildings evolve. Though none of these paintings features humans, all take on a ghostly personality, as rendered by Hess. She was last featured on here.
Recent creatures crafted in the workshop of Calvin Ma make seem endearing and childlike. Yet, Ma’s ceramic sculptures are part of an ongoing, cathartic purpose, the artist says. In a statement, he describes why it was “ natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork.”
Toni Hamel’s recent oil paintings explore our relationship with the natural world. In particular, Hamel shows us how our selfishness and dominion over animals taken an even more disastrous turn. These pieces are part of a body of work called “The Land of Id.” She was last featured on here.

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