Christian Russo crafts illustrations that seem to both utilize and parody elements from popular culture. The Chicago-based artist blends multiple approaches to each aspect of a work, showing an ability in emulating tattoo art, comic characters, realism, and other styles.
The latest work from artist Greg “Craola” Simkins explores the daydreams of youth, offering alternative universes and fantastical creatures. His new show with KP Projects, “The Escape Artist,” collects those new paintings and drawings. Simkins was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here, and he created the cover and was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 41.
Carlo Alberto Rastelli, a painter who lives work works in Milan, blends an off-kilter palette and perspective with unexpected textures to explore humanity and art history. His works can feel at once intimate and otherworldly in how they approach depth and form. The painter attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga.
A collaboration between Keiichi Tanaami and Oliver Payne pairs mythology-inspired creatures and “bullet hell,” video-game inspired iconography. Tanaaami’s works are drawn, while “Payne had meticulously applied bullet hell stickers upon” them. The works are collected in the show “Perfect Cherry Blossom,” running at Tokyo’s Nanzuka through April 21. Tanaaami was featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Vol. 38.
Los Angeles-born artist Camille Rose Garcia crafts vibrant, horror-infused paintings. A new show at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Italy, titled “The Ballrooms of Mars,” compile a new body of work from the artist. Her multimedia pieces are often cited as being influenced by Max Fleischer, Disney, ’50s-era films, and the work of William Burroughs. The show kicks off Feb. 24 and runs through April 7.
John Jacobsmeyer’s plywood backdrops contain scenes that explore fantastical narratives, and lately, video game culture in particular. In his debut show at Jonathan Levine Projects, titled “Great Feats and Defeats,” continues a fascination with wood for the artist that reaches back to his childhood. The artist says that “rotary sawn pine plywood is cheap yet durable and along with being used as sub-flooring and fencing for construction sites. It’s also the material twelve-year-old children will use to build clubhouses in the woods where they’ll rule their own kingdoms, wage wars and rebuild bigger and wilder each time.” Jacobsmeyer was last featured on HiFructose.com here.