David Fullarton, simply, makes “pictures with words on them.” Yet, despite that simple tagline adorning his site, examination of his mixed-media works yields much more than that. His figurative drawings not only reflect something deeply human; they also carry as much of weight of the humor in each work as the text. Fullarton can something that’s at once desperate, hilarious, pitiful, and somehow joyful.
Jamiyla Lowe’s fantastical, mixed-media illustrations contain both an absorbing morbidity and humor. Her creatures are often unsettling in their ambiguity, often stemming from fictional worlds or plucked from nightmares. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The Vampires Vs. Unicorns (Floor War) Game brings that age-old battle between the fierce blood snob VAMPIRES and herds of obnoxious UNICORNS to your home. The hilariously fun throwing card game leaves room for the unexpected. And it features hand-painted tile art by Travis Lampe (last featured on HiFructose.com here) and Travis Louie (last featured on HiFructose.com here). Plus: The art’s suitable for framing! Order the game here.
Mexico City artist Mazatl crafts murals that both implement and emulate the artist’s talents in woodcut imagery. In frequent collaborations with fellow mural and graphic artists like Kill Joy, the artist’s distinct use of blacks and perspective make for eye-popping efforts across unexpected spots. The above mural, in Cholula, Puebla, is one of the artists’ most recent pieces.
Figurative painter Carl Dobsky creates oil paintings that acknowledge both the history of the form and the contemporary. The narrative work, in particular, reveals just flashes of magic hidden in his dramatic, realistic scenes. The butterflies in “Ship of Fools” is one example of this, as the periled occupants of a small vessel attempt to survive. The enormous piece took a year to complete.
Colombia-born illustrator Daniela Gallego crafts intimate, whimsical illustrations that move between the fantastic and the deeply human. She has created pieces for children’s books and commercial clients while crafting her own gallery work. For effect, the artist often uses reflections and shadows to add a wondrous quality to her images.