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Chinese painter Fu Lei creates floating compositions with robust forms that defy physical laws. The rounded, voluptuous bodies of his human characters evoke the work of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, while the airy cornucopias of plants and animals are reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsical animations. Fu Lei treats the human characters in his work like objects in a still life, weaving them into ornate arrangements of flora and fauna. He intentionally conceals their faces and genders to keep the narrative of his work as open-ended as possible. His upcoming show at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore, “Dreams of Desire,” investigates lust, vice and humanity’s penchant for excess.

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Whimsy, humor and fantasy collide in the sculpture of Beijing artist Wang Ruilin. Some pieces are realistic reproductions of animals’ bodies while others manipulate these bodies to create an unexpected effects. His “Horse Play” series feel especially humorous. The horses have expressive eyes and tuck in their necks almost petulantly. In one piece, horses pile on top of each other into a pyramid; at the top a horse stands with his head cocked to one side. Wang highlights each flesh fold on these horses, making their sculptural bodies seem lively.

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Last Saturday night, Richard Heller gallery in Los Angeles debuted Hideaki Kawashima’s latest painting series, “Back and Forth”. The Tokyo based artist was in attendance and discussed his artwork with us in his native language. He commented on how over the years, he has developed stylistically, and this show is representative of that. There is a visual exploration that ocurrs in subtle nuances of color, detail and expression. This portrait series is both simpler, yet more expressive than previous works. It’s referring to the ‘back and forth’ of emotions felt by the artist during the creation process, and by the viewer looking at them.

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Chilean painter Guillermo Lorca Garcia-Huidobro creates monumental works on canvas with compositions that always seem to ascend in an upward spiral. In one piece, the viewer gazes up at a larger-than-life teenage girl while a child, miniature in comparison, clings on to her for safety. In another piece, various creatures scale a barren, crooked tree trunk that looks more like a tree of death than a tree of life, with a little girl attempting to escape the vulture’s nest at the top. Lorca Garcia-Hiodobro executes his surrealist vision with loose brush strokes that leave details muddled and backgrounds incomplete, inviting the open-ended images to mingle with the viewers’ own childhood nightmares and anxieties.

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In our current issue print issue, Hi-Fructose Vol. 33, writer Silke Tudor speaks to influential designer and illustrator Syd Mead, the 80 year-old-artist known for his concept work in Blade Runner, Aliens and TRON. In the feature, Mead discusses his fascination with mechanical designs and his unique, technical approach as an illustrator. His science fiction-tinged work calls to mind a utopian vision that puts forth in hope of a better future. “If we start rehearsing a dismal world, that’s the way we’ll end up,” he tells Tudor in the article. “I hope all these dystopian shoot-em-ups are cathartic — I truly hope that they are. In the meantime, I’m doing my small part to visualize a glossy, egalitarian — that means everyone does their part or it doesn’t work — technically advanced society that produces a workable future, and a nicer place to live. That’s what I want.” Check out a few of Mead’s iconic artworks below and learn more about the artist in Hi-Fructose Vol. 33.

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Troy Coulterman’s resin sculptures evoke the vibrant colors and over-the-top expressions of animations and graphic novels. His illustrative style is somewhat unexpected to experience in three-dimensions. The Canadian artist (who was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 27) recently debuted an exhibition in his hometown, Regina, Saskatchewan, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Titled “Digital Handshake,” the show takes inspiration from the abstract ways we communicate online. In the candy-colored sculptures, figures appear to dissolve into pixel-like blocks. In the show’s centerpiece, a man and a woman are separated by an abstract mass — perhaps a metaphor for the barrier we put between ourselves and the world as we increasingly opt for digital experiences over physical ones.