The oil paintings of Lukifer Aurelius carry a surreal and mystic energy, its subjects often in a transformative state. The Brisbane artist is part of a new duo show with Alex Garant at BeinArt Gallery in Australia titled “Seeing Between,” running through May 27. The gallery says that the painter’s figures are “seemingly infused with fire or, at the very least, embers, striking a chord with perhaps our most primitive memories.”
Linsey Levendall draws and paints surreal scenes ripped from the subconscious, his figures containing worlds within. The artist uses a variety of approaches in his dreamlike drawings and paintings, moving between precise linework and chaotic, yet controlled strokes.
Ban Ban 1194’s stirring illustrations offer massive mythological integrated into the landscape. The artist effectively adds a pops of red hues, often solely represented by solitary human-sized figures, in the series “Double happiness.” The poetic works are offered accompanying text with a similar tone, in this case: “The hut provided a shelter from the storm.”
The whimsical, surreal oil paintings of Thomas Ascott use the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee as a backdrop, where the artist himself was raised. This creates a highly personal aspect to these works, part of a new show at Arch Enemy Arts titled “The Astral Woods.”
With that signature, enormous red-gummed mouth, a piece by U.K. illustrator Lumps is easy to spot in both its inventiveness and eccentricity. Lumps is the working name of artist Sam Drew, who balances both a personal and commercial practice with his recognizable style. With his involvement, an everyday object can come alive with a mischievous set of chompers or a fantastical machine can be examined.
Jon Fox’s works are overflowing with varied influences and motifs, packed with explorations of identity and contemporary pressures. The existential quality of these acrylic and oil paintings extends out from these otherworldly characters and into the viewer. The artist says that “if you go far enough inside yourself as an individual, you reach a universal space that we all share and are connected to.” Fox was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.