Each of Yoaz’s illustrations are abuzz with activity, each its own machine built from unexpected components. The artist’s work has adorned a slew of merchandise and advertisements, each carrying his signature, frenetic style. His work was also recently translated into neon decorations and digital displays for Adobe, as his creatures and designs taking on new life.
Jim Woodring’s recent drawings include the above pen-and-ink scene, a 5-foot-wide and 3-foot-tall work depicting what the artists calls “an open-air emergency room under the full moon.” The work took nine months to complete. The revered illustrator was featured way back in Hi-Fructose Vol. 3, a feature that was later part of Hi-Fructose Collected – Volume 1.
Naomi Okubo’s acrylic paintings on cotton wrestle with identity, offering both introspective scenes and rich experiments in patterns and texture. The artist’s work is influenced by the ideals given to us by mass media and gender norms. Her work pulls from advertisements, self-portraits, and other sources.
Maja Ruznic’s ghostly oil paintings dwell on memory and ritual. These scenes, at various scales, contain figures wrestling and enacting cerebral themes, each’s softly conveyed narratives seemingly belonging to us all. Her most recent series softens the hues she’s used in previous work for more earthly tones.
Wesley Hubbard, who works under the moniker “Wooden Cyclops,” crafts wild works that often have his followers attributing his output to taking psychedelics. The artist’s illustrations have been crafted for both websites and bands like Portugal. The Man (which at one point employed Hubbard on keyboard duties).
“Necrosurrealist” David Van Gough offers a new body of work that pulls from literary and Biblical narratives in “Paradiso’s Fall.” Kicking off today at Dark Art Emporium, several new paintings comprise this series. Each painting is dense in both its creatures and references to the cultural touchstones that influence the artist.