Artist Profile #25: Jason Thielke

Most simply put, Jason Thielke is a portrait artist. But his portraits are very unique in their rendition and execution. You could say they’re constructed in an architectural manner, containing interesting yet minimal character and exploratory line. Thielke’s portraits are done on wood via laser-cutting/etching, acrylic color, and composed with a strong sense of design. Thielke received his BFA from the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions, mostly in Denver, CO. I find his works to have a delicate and ornate feeling, and find them very impressive and beautiful. He may be a new favorite artist.

Representative works:

"Silence"

"Kim and Jesse"

"Tangle"

Thielke’s Website

Artist Profile #24: Michael Rosner

I love love love bodypainting, and this guy takes it to a whole new level. His bodypainting work is so detailed, so intricate, even, geometric and beautiful, that you can’t help but just stop and stare at the patterns he’s created on his models. Michael Rosner attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, then relocated to Sacramento, CA where he worked as a painter. He began working on his body art in 2006 and appeared at the North America Body Painting Championships this year.

I find his work to be almost unreal in its look. On first glance I assumed his models were either 3D rendered or that their makeup was photomanipulated onto their skin. His work is inspiring.

Representative works:

"Geisha Mineko Iwasaki"

"Metropolis"

"Archduchess Marie Antoinette"

Artist Profile #23: Nathan Vincent

Woo! Crochet! Crochet is awesome!!!

Well, maybe some don’t think so. But I do! And this guy makes crochet even awesomer! Nathan Vincent is a young American artist who uses crochet, sewing and applique to create his works of art. He has said that one of the goals of his work is to explore the relationship between what is considered a “feminine” process to create “masculine” objects, crocheting such items such as cigar trays, guns, even a urinal (Duchamp anyone?) to create a strong juxtaposition between the method and the result. Now maybe I’m just silly but I think if I could buy one of his knit guns I might find it variable in usage as well… snuggle with it at night, play cops and robbers with it during the day. There’s the gender paradox again! Seriously though, I find his work evocative and interesting and hope to see more from him in the future.

Representative works:

"Stick 'Em Up"

"Toolbelt"

"Urinal"

Artist Profile #22: Jonathan Ball

Jonathan Ball is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Newport, Wales, UK. He seems to do a lot of vector work as well as 3D modeling, and his designs are colorful, busy and quirky, full of interesting, fun characters. His mission statement in his profile on the Behance Network is also very quirkily straightforward: “He loves to draw and is eager for you to pay him for his efforts. This helps feed his family and a small flock of sheep.” It figures he’d have sheep… those Welsh and their sheep. Anyway. I love his illustrations and REALLY want to try his style out sometime! Might be a fun exercise in learning Illustrator.

Representative works:

"The Day the Sun Fell To Earth"

"3D is Foo" (part of a series)

"Vectors Eat Toast Three Point Three" (part of a series)

Artist Profile #21: Zhang Jingna

This young woman is a photographer whose work I’ve admired for a long time. She is widely famous on DeviantART as zemotion. Born in Beijing, she moved with her family to Singapore at a young age. She left high school at age 16 to pursue a degree in fashion design at LASALLE College of the Arts. Picking up photography at 18, she was mostly self-taught and quickly became a very proficient photographer, working with companies such as Wacom, Mercedes Benz and Pond’s among others within a short time after beginning her professional photography career. She had her first solo exhibition in 2008. Her work has an ethereal and delicate quality to it, often featuring self-portraits as well as other models and works of fashion. I hope to continue seeing her photos gain a presence in the art world!

Representative works:

"Lilith."

"Lady of the Night."

"This Side Up." (my personal favorite)

Jingna’s Website

DeviantART Gallery as zemotion

Artist Profile #20: David Herbert

David Herbert is an American sculptor who is known for his reimagining of pop cultural icons such as Mickey Mouse, Superman and the Stak Trek Enterprise, among others, impressing upon these familiar figures a sense of decomposition or dilapidation. He graduated with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in SeattleĀ  and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Before working in sculpture, Herbert worked in video. He still uses it today as a secondary medium, such as in his “Seance for the Symphony,” a remake and interpretation of the Mickey Mouse film “Steamboat Willie.”

I enjoy Herbert’s work in that I feel he offers an interesting examination of the pop culture we so often take at face value. These characters have become so ingrained in our national and international culture that often we don’t stop to examine them at all, and his artwork brings that back into the perspective of the viewer.

Representative works:

"Beautiful Superman"

"Nostalgia for Infinity"

Artist Profile #19: Sokari Douglas Camp

Sokari Douglas Camp is a very successful sculptor, born in Nigeria and currently a longtime resident of London. She primarily sculpts her work in steel and draws inspiration from her Nigerian heritage and other aspects of African culture. She earned her BA at the Central School of Art and Design in London and her MA from the Royal College of Art, also having studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Her work is exhibited worldwide, and she’s had several notable solo shows. One of her works was also shortlisted for the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square.

Some representative works:

"Ghana Angels"

"Bin Laden Pieta"

"No-o-war-r No-o-war-r"