Whether rendered in graphite or oils, the shadowed subjects of Allen Williams thrill in both what’s being shown and what’s being obscured. In a new show at Copro Gallery, titled “Covenant,” a massive amount of work from Williams is displayed. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
Illustrator Kima Lenaghan‘s series “Homo Conscius” imagines an evolved place “where genuine and profound consciousness is found.” The artist’s solitary drawings offer both tangible and dreamlike elements, exaggerating aspects of nature and extracting them in sparse narratives. The “Stoned Ape Hypothesis” from ethnobotanist Terrance McKenna, theorizing that early humans evolved due to psychedelic mushrooms, serves as inspiration here.
Netherlands-based illustrator Marald Van Haasteren has crafted art for bands since the late ’80s. His work, for the likes of Baroness, High on Fire, Kylesa, and several others, carries both provocative and elegant elements. These works range from colored pencil and acrylic paintings to digital pieces.
Elisa Sanchez integrates notes of the human body into her “paper taxidermy” collection of insects. In a recent installation at Charlotte’s Goodyear Arts, the artist put these recent works against a floral backdrop, part of a showcase following her residency at the space where she developed the latest insects in the series.
Hongmin Lee‘s paintings and drawings carry notes of manga and other pop influences, yet mutate and distort those familiar forms into something more monstrous. At one time, the artist was an active member of art collective Goo For Brothers, yet has since developed his own fine art career with these bold creations. Lee was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
British illustrator Sam Richwood blends both sparse and lush details into his works. In the “Galaxy Garden” series, the futurescapes and romanticism of his scenes benefit from both approaches. The artist says that he hopes his worlds are able to “suggest a place beyond the canvas.”