Presenting the esoteric work of The H Lazarus. Born in Venice, Italy, Lazarus studied Fine art at The Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna), where she first started to explore the themes of Surrealism, Cyberpunk, Angiography, Mythology and Technology. Working with them concurrently she started to find parallels and where their paths crossed. Working in this manner Lazarus has succeeded in producing some very expressive and compelling imagery. As well as this personal artistic exploration, since 2011, she has been a member of Italian comic collective Manticora Autoproduzioni.
Antony Gustard aka CMG aka CustardMustardGustard is an illustrator from England but currently based in Mexico. He started his own independent Skate/Street Wear Brand also called CMG.
Gustard creates lino prints, collages and paintings on found wood. His work uses brightly coloured, simple shapes, often depicting disembodied limbs (but in a happy way). His illustrations are also accompanied with pattern detailing, which give his work a tribal feel to them.
Kyonghwan Kim is a Korean digital concept artist. His work, which often includes reimagined medieval characters or anthropomorphic cats, is simply stunning. Kim’s costume design is full of layers and often dramatic but, for me, it is his painterly rendering that really sets his work apart. Each and every texture is careful considered and the details he adds to his foliage would make the Pre-Raphaelites proud.
Last week saw the launch of the National Portrait Gallery’s new major exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. This exhibition focuses on John Singer Sargent’s more personal and experimental paintings. Portraits of prominent actors, writers and musicians of the day. Many of whom were his close friends, including sculptor Auguste Rodin, artists Claude Monet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris, Boston and New York as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissable opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.
As an extra treat, throughout the exhibition’s run, it will be accompanied by a range of events including lectures and life drawing.
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is on now and will be concluding on the 25th of May. This is without doubt a must-see exhibition. I highly recommend, if you can, that you make time to go see it.
Presenting the beautiful background art of Amanda Winterstein. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, more informal known as CalArts. She cut her teeth at animation studio Divide Nine before going on to become a designer for late-night Fox animated series Friends Night ADHD. Winterstein has now found a home at Cartoon Network working as a background painter on their popular series Steven Universe.
Winterstein’s work for both Steven Universe and much of her previous work use soft pastel tones to great effect. Harmonising colours to create relaxed airy environments. Her paintings often mimic watercolours which help add to their calming appeal.
Pop over to Amanda Winterstein’s tumblr to see more Steven Universe backgrounds and more of her personal artwork.