Tasha Kusama explores the projected self vs. reality in her striking oil paintings. Toying with dualities, the artist explores the soft and hard edges of coming of age in the current cultural landscape. The painter says these recent works are partly inspired by being a parent:
Inspired by the John Foxx instrumental “A Beautiful Ghost,” the gallery Roq La Rue asked several artists “to do their take on the title theme.” The result is a group show currently running at the gallery through March 3, with work from Brian Despain, Rick Araluce, Nannette Cherry, Kai Carpenter, Travis Louie, Jeff Jacobson, Kate MacDowell, Peter Ferguson, and Bella Ormseth.
In recent work, there’s an ever-evolving horror and beauty in the paintings of Allison Sommers. Pieces created for shows at galleries across the U.S. range in size and subjects. Below, see how she’s recently depicted an unraveling canine, the human body, and other bits and organs worthy of close observation.
Dave Lebow’s pulp-inspired paintings return in a new show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. Running through Jan. 27, “Pulp Power Passion” collects female characters getting their revenge, fantastical creatures, and other retro narratives. Lebow was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Bob Dob‘s punk rock roots still shine through the artist’s paintings, including these recent pieces. Works like “Golden Punk God Made of Clay,” with a statue inspired by Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge and the band’s ongoing influence. Elsewhere in the painting, the work shows “various mischief and local South Bay culture and folklore,” the artist says. Dob is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 3 Box Set.
The work of illustrator Alex Heywood puts an otherworldly spin on the everyday. His creatures, even without a stated backstory, are entertaining and often humorous, with much of the quirkiness found in the details. The Scotland-based artist is a graduate of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at University of Dundee.