Category Archives: Visual
Russian-born Yelena Bryksenkova, raised in Ohio, and educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. She received her BFA in illustration in 2010. Yelena lives in New England with her imaginary pet elephant and work as a freelance illustrator.
Jeff Friesen’s photography has gathered worldwide recognition for an unusually diverse collection of work. His awards include the most prestigious in the photography world, including an Award Of Excellence from Communication Arts and a winning image in the PDN Photo Annual. IN 2009 Jeff’s work was among the most repeatedly honored by the International Photography Awards.
Jack Spencer (American, b.1951) is a respected photographer known for his portraits and manipulated images. Spencer was born in Kosiusko, MS, and studied at Louisiana Tech University. His early work was inspired by the southern United States. His first book, Native Soil, featured images of horses, trees, and the southern landscape. Snow Ponies is a manipulated photograph depicting two white horses on a white background. The piece is a glazed gelatin silver print and is a typical representation of his work.
Dave Bain is a Bristol, UK-based illustrator, producing work for an eclectic range of commercial and independent clients. Working primarily in traditional mediums of paint and screen-printing, with an underlying emphasis on drawing, he has turned his hand to all manner of projects including shoe pattern design, children’s books, advertising, live drawing and large mural artwork.
Peter Clark uses a comprehensive collection of found papers as his palette which are coloured, patterned or textured by their printed, written or worn surfaces, with this media he ‘paints’ his collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts. His pieces use mark-making in an innovative and humorous way to create.
“In my opinion, photography is many different things to different people and many aspects and uses. Almost unlimited in potential. It can be a means of communication, illustration, education, expression, conservation and more. It can be simple, complex, thoughtful, trite, realistic, abstract, humorous or sad”.
Keira Rathbone, a British artist, is becoming known for her drawings made using old-style, mechanical typewriters. Apparently it is not a new thing in the world of art – artists have been doing this since the 1940’s. Keira considers her work performance art, so she creates in public dressed like she is belong to the same period as her typewriter. The final results are amazing. The process magically produces images that at first glance, look hand drawn.
The great DutchDFA network did a video profile of famous graphic designer Irma Boom. Blooms’ has made over 250 books, 50 of which are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her ‘Think book’ for a giant coal company has become an international icon of Dutch design. She sees her books as objects, that communicate ideas and stories, and speak to all human senses.
Marco Marella work has, since 1988, appeared in a variety of publications in Europe, the US and Canada. he has also provided images for numerous international clients in graphic design, book publishing and corporate communications.
Marco’s work has received recognition form industry associations as diverse as American illustration, Luetzer’s archive, the Italian and British associations of illustrators.
Born and raised in Japan, Jun Kaneko moved to the United States to study ceramics. Not able to speak the language, he was forced to focus purely on the visual. His painting background is evident in his work, where his monolithic ceramic “dangos” (the Japanese word for dumpling) become three-dimensional, inflated canvases. Working primarily with graphic, yet painterly, lines and dots, his rhythmic designs are analogous with the Japanese Shinto concept of the “Ma”, which loosely translates into “attachment through space”. He proceeded to study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America. The following decade, Jun Kaneko taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art.