Swedish illustrator Kilian Eng creates vibrant, hyperdetailed works that hint at fictional worlds. These futurescapes, often in ruins, contain mysterious narratives, allowing the reader to come up with their own motivations and theories. Outside of this personal work, the artist has worked for Disney, HBO, Heavy Metal, Mondo, Sony, The New York Times, Marvel, and several other.
Jessica Dalva, a sculptor and illustrator based in Los Angeles, has a new show at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia titled “Dream House.” Her “three-dimensional illustrators” are framed works that allow the viewer to peek into a fictional room, with contemplative scenes and changeable lighting situations. This adds a new layer to interactivity to several of the works. Dalva was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Though Takahiro Kondo is a third-generation ceramics artist, his voice is distinctly his own. The Japanese sculptor’s figurative works play with texture and mood, pushing the limits of glazes and form. This style implements the artist’s own, original technique: gintekisai, which is an overglaze containing silver, platinum, and gold. This produces the bubbled texture found on the faces of his characters and objects.
Johnny Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-based artist who creates under the moniker KMNDZ, moves between commercial and personal work in his textured, pop style. The artist has created a mural at the new House of Blues Anaheim, displaying his aesthetic. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Tach Pollard, a British sculptor, crafts surreal, figurative wood carvings, mostly from oak roots that the artist digs up himself in the forests near his home. He also uses hawthorn, yew, and blackthorn, often using the surprising yet natural components as part of his creatures’ attributes. The result are stylized beings and objects that feel like natural extensions of nature’s spirit.
On Saturday (Feb. 25), three solo exhibitions fill the spaces at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. The features artists are Chris Mars, Amadine Urruty, and Ciou, each creating dreamlike worlds that can be both warm and unsettling.