As we near the very end of our journey through the alphabet (only one more left!) some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.
Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.
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Barely known outside his homeland, Yamamoto might best be described as Aubrey Beardsley meets anime. He began his career as a commercial illustrator until a fascination with Ukiyo-e led him to create more personal work. He now works full time conjuring his dark and often erotic worlds into existence.
A figurative painter and teacher based in San Francisco. Henry's work is always ethereal, gestural and selective in its use of detail.
Better known by his professional moniker Dusso, Yanick is a matte painter, production artist, and now art director for some of the largest productions in Hollywood. His work displays a complete mastery of lighting, perspective and complex detail.
A Polish surrealist whose painting style bears a resemblance to Flemish masters such as Brueghel and Bosch mixed with the oddness of Magritte. He produces whimsical paintings of impossible places, all of which distort any sense of scale and perspective.
One of the last great masters of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. His innovative compositions filled with blood, monsters, and beautiful women were wildly successful. So successful that his career continued long after the feudal world he was born into rapidly pushed itself into the modern world.
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Doyald Young is a primarily a lettering artist and designer of custom logotypes. He also a teacher, has published several books on the art of lettering, and released a few fonts: Young Finesse Light and Young Baroque script are seen here.
We are Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. We live in a pocket-sized apartment in Brooklyn where we collect neat, weird things. Our home is abundant with books, old furniture, mismatching tea cups, and a cat named Cipher. We both illustrate stuff for money so we can continue to invent stories, buy shoelaces, watch puppet shows, and eat sandwiches.