Cleon Peterson is an LA based artist. His stark paintings depict a constant chaotic power struggle between a broods of grotesque figures. In a bitter irony his dystopian landscapes have law breakers and law enforcers on equal footing, putting personal entitlement above morals.
Mr Peterson’s work has been exhibited across America, Europe and Australia. His art is regularly featured in magazines, it graces walls, and the cover of Philip K Dick’s novel, The Man in the High Castle.
You can see more of Mr Peterson’s artwork on his website. Yes, it is violent and on the unsettling side, you have been warned.
Originally hailing from Hong Kong, Joy Wong is currently living in London, England. She is a digital illustrator working as a concept game artist and comic artist. Her elegant painted artwork accompanied Neil Druckman’s adventure tale, A Second Chance at Sarah.
You can find more of Ms Wong’s illustrations on her devianArt and tumblr pages.
Paolo Rivera is an American comic artist working for Marvel Comics. While still in high school, Mr Rivera met Jim Krueger at Megacon whom helped him get into the industry. His skilful oil painting, due to it’s time-consuming nature, is perfect for covers which he regularly works on. However from 2006 to 2008 Mr Rivera produced richly-painted interior and exterior artwork for the six issue one-shot Mythos. Mr Rivera has since worked as a penciler, inker, and colourist. In 2011 he penciled six issues of Mark Waid’s multiple award-wining Daredevil series.
Paolo Rivera’s blog, The Self-Absorbing Man, is an absolute treat as it is filled with behind the scenes to Rivera’s creative process and artist advice. Also check out Rivera’s YouTube page which has glorious videos of inking and colouring.
Cat Anett, or more commonly known as Anna Cattish, is an illustrator and animator from Russia. Cattish was part of the Honkfu art collective that produced the motion comic JAM. She has also contributed to the upcoming book, Masters of Anatomy. Her art style is simultaneously cute and edgy with many of her characters exuding attitude. Cattish illustrates in a variety of mediums, predominately colouring digitally, recently however has been producing some really beautiful gauche pieces.
Alongside the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau is tied as my favourite art movement. I take every opportunity to see Art Nouveau exhibits, but to be honest, until recently I had never taken much note of Eugène Grasset. This is quite a large oversight, considering he has been called “The Father of Art Nouveau”.
So who is this pioneering artist? Born 1845 (or possibly 1841) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Eugène Samuel Grasset was surrounded by creativity from a young age. His father was a cabinetmaker and sculptor, and little Eugène learnt to draw under the guise of Francois-Louis David Bocion. In 1861 he went to Zurich to study architecture at the polytechnical school. After which, in 1865, he took what would become an influential visit to Egypt. Throughout his twenties he devoted himself to painting and sculpture.
At the age of 26 he arrived in Paris, influenced by his travels and a new found love for Japanese Art, Mr Grasset tried his hand at creating ceramics, tapestry, and jewellery. His decorative pieces were crafted from precious materials including ivory and gold. Much of this unique work is considered a cornerstone of Art Nouveau motifs.
Mr Grasset would later gain recognition as an illustrator due to his contribution to the stories Le Petit Nab (1877) and Histoire de quatre fils Aymon (1883). Quickly moving on to applied arts he designed the facade of the Hôtel de Dumas in Paris, mosaics in Saint Etienne in Braire, and stained glass windows in the Orléans Cathedral. With a multitude of artistic ability to call upon Mr Grasset had a natural affinity to poster design. Fortunate, as French posters design was becoming very popular Stateside, so it was not long before he was contacted by various American companies. His successful commissions led to him illustrating the 1892 Christmas issue of Harper’s Magazine.
Interesting footnote one of his images, The Wooly Horse, was so popular that Louis Comfort Tiffany was inspired to recreate it in stained glass.
Mr Grasset spent much of his latter years teaching in various schools across Paris. Many of his students went on to become eminent artist themselves, unsurprisingly, a lot of them within the Art Nouveau movement. His versatility, instincts and ability not only influenced those whom he had taught, but also prominent artist like Alphonse Mucha, and left a stirring mark on the Arts and Artists that followed.