Ever since Alessandra Maria first emailed me on November 1st, 2011 I’ve been enamored by her and her artwork. Supersonic was the first blog to feature her work - that same day - and shortly thereafter she was featured on Juxtapoz where, from that point on, she’s been a constant on art websites all around the world showcasing her gorgeous paintings and becoming a fixture in a young art movement slowly making its mark on the aesthetic landscape of history.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Alessandra was still attending the Pratt Institute when she emailed me, graduating in 2012 but remaining in New York where she currently lives and works. It’s been a pleasure to see her style evolve and to see her art embraced into the eyes of countless viewers and I’ve always wanted to sit down and talk to her about all of it - which, thankfully, I recently had the pleasure to do.
Check out the interview and way more of her fantastic work below:
Hikari’s pastel colored work features horned children with stars in their eyes and scars on their necks, that are painted in a style reminiscent of Manga and Anime, as metaphorical essays on the fragile mortality of human life. These ideas have been influenced by such occurrences as the Fukushima Reactor and Chernobyl disasters.
I had the chance to ask the very gifted and outstanding artist a few questions about her work, thoughts on eyes, and beliefs behind “Fantastic Planet, Goodbye Man" which you can read below (And also see more paintings and studio shots!):
Recently Tre’ Packard of PangeaSeed sat down with Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson at their San Diego home to discuss their love of the natural world, how it inspires their art and various topics that make them the creative individuals they are. As truly inspired artists these two have the gift of creating with purpose, their work directly devoted to what they hold dear.
In the interview Celeste and Aaron talk passionately about PangeaSeed’s “Sea Walls Expeditions" - the latest of which is looking for crowd funding help to make it possible. You can check out the Indiegogo Page for the project - which involves thirteen world renown street artists traveling to Isla Mujeres to swim with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks and then create murals around the city to help bring awareness to these endangered species.
Read the interview below and take a look at all the lovely photos of their studio and garden:
It was January of this year, 11 months ago, that I first posted Sail’s (Pronounced “Sigh-eel”) artwork. The piece, drawn with ink, was of a woman in a samurai’s helmet, her body festooned with arrows. It was immaculately done. I had linked to gallery Roq la Rue’s website for anyone seeking information on him as the piece was part of a group show and because Googling his name or variations of his name brought up no clear results.
A few days later I received an email from Sail thanking me and linking me to his website and joking that “no one knows who I am.”
This has all changed in the 11 months since that first interaction. The Seattle based artist’s narrative driven, mythical Asian influenced work has been shared across the Internet, he’s released a book of his work and he’s fresh off his first solo show at Roq la Rue (“Dead Language" which was based on Japanese Okabe or shapeshifters) and is currently diving deep into new projects exploring the effects literature has on his active imagination.
Sail and I corresponded for over a month for this interview and touched on subjects from his early life in his father’s studio to his current happiness of being able to seek out whatever may come:
The illusory serenade of the imagination playing before your eyes is the work of Erik Jones. The portraits are dazzling celebrations exhibited with elegant bouquets of color dressing the figures within. The body of work can be defined as something like a dream you don’t want to lose upon waking.
But Erik Jones tells me that I’m not dreaming. These are his creations and they exist here in front of you, plucked from his very own creative fathoms, placed on canvases and paper with skill and thoughtful revery. They exist as much as you or I exist and I must thank Erik for that.
Erik, who is a native Floridian but now lives in New York City, explains his portraits as conceptual fashion design and that the shapes that dress the subjects are, in fact, living to suit the individual’s every need while maintaining their own beauty for themselves. A futuristic view that one can recognize while looking through Jones’s work.
To learn more about Jones I asked about his process, thoughts, youth, and other miscellaneous trivia over a period of two months:
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