Douglas Walker

 

 

The paintings as art aside, the dude must save a lot on paint, having to buy only blue. But don’t mistake Douglas Walker for one of those one hit wonders who can’t do anything else. His full color paintings are lush, his vitrine series seriously inventive. But these blue pics are something else again. Though it looks like blueprint ink, it’s actually oil on panel. Anyway, I love ’em – and they look freaking great up close.

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Sergey Tyukanov

 

 

This guy’s quite the oddity, combining medieval cityscapes with a sort of early "Cat Lady Coffee Mug" drawing style. If you don’t believe me check out his site. Actually, you have to check out his site anyway. It has one of the most unique and extravagant art interfaces you’re likely to see on the Internets. Sort of like Art Gallery Wolfenstein 3D.

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Hermann Försterling

 

 

OK, this guy is just simply amazing. Every gallery of his work brings another pleasant surprise. One minute you think he’s a master of weird nudes, then you turn the page and he’s taking pictures of old roses. I won’t even go into the surreal pics, they’re simply startlingly original – enough to give you brain whiplash. Awesome.

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Cynthia Consentino

 

 

Feminist art always puts plain vanilla art lovers like me in a pickle. I can get slammed for liking the work in spite of it being feminist, and slammed for liking it because it’s feminist. Can’t I just like it? Highly politicized art of any stripe is a bear trap waiting for a rabbit.

Here’s my stance. Fuck you, I get to appreciate it on my own terms. I get to shed a tear when the Taliban trash the Buddhist sculptures in Afghanistan even though I’m not Afghan or Buddhist. I get to marvel at the art in Gothic cathedrals even though I think the most minor of the Catholic church’s human rights atrocities makes Cambodia’s killing fields look a bush league warmup.

So, anyway, [pant…pant…pant…] the bottom line is: me like Cynthia Consentino’s kick-ass art.

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Addendum

Holy shit, did I just compare feminists with the Taliban and the Khmer Rouge? Ha! That’s really funny. Talk about putting your foot in it.

I, even though I consider myself a rampant male feminist, should shut the hell up. Or be clearer.

So here’s the gist, restated without the exaggerated and inapt comparisons. In the same way that all great art transcends it’s medium or its inspiration, is more than the sum of it’s parts, so too does Cynthia Consentino’s art transcend it’s feminist roots and speaks loudly to our human condition.

There. That’s a little better than lining her up with Pol Pot.

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Neil Maccormack

 

This guy’s a Swiss concept artist. As you can see, he’s figured out how to make 3D programs like Lightwave work for him to create eye-popping 2D comic art. Hey, isn’t that the opposite of what artists usually do?

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David Noonan

 

 

The top and bottom pics (above) are details from larger works. But I don’t care. I love the texture of them as much as the subject. Pretty funny he inserted other pics into the original prints. They’re probably snaps of himself. (Said in an Elmer Fudd voice:) “Hey, dude, is it womby in there?”

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Gallery 2

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