Sci-fi-tinged nostalgia runs rampant in the illustrations of Paul Paetzel. The Berlin-based artist has a knack for both narrative and humor, whether it’s his comics, illustrations, or stray personal work. Paetzel has been part of the Berlin collective known as Biografiktion, also featuring artists Till Hafenbrak and Ana Albero.
Thomas Gieseke’s surreal paintings are packed with vibrant and playful imagery, often with a sardonic edge. His works often feature lush backgrounds and creatures from the animal kingdom with flashes of the Western World. Works like “The Extrovert Leaves the Introvert to His Own Devices” show a cynicism and humor toward contemporary attitudes.
Koralie’s interest in “folk customs, emblematic monuments and animistic ritual” translates into stencil work on canvas that evokes cultures from across the world and creates illusionary layers. In a show currently running at Jonathan Levine Projects, titled “Indigo Blood Project,” the artist’s newest works are shown. Koralie was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 46 and most recently on the Hi-Fructose blog here.
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With Scott Prior’s oil paintings, magic is found in the normalcy of his scenes, in which backyard fires illuminate figures and dim city streets glow. The painter’s practice moves between these narratives and still-life studies, landscapes, and figures. All have a shared quality that Prior of which has a mastery, William Baczek Fine Arts says.
Alexander Reisfar’s eerie paintings are packed with intricate creatures and dark surrealist undertones. Both brooding and elegant, works created by the Oregon-based artist have been features across the U.S. The artist is able to navigate political and wartime themes with the iconography depicted in his paintings.