TONY GUM

MILKED IN AFRICA – HALF FULL, HALF EMPTY, 2016.

thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my first Imaginary Curator post! today’s “show” is all about THE NUDE. i want to save these bums as my desktop background in case someone is ever spying on me working at some cafe. i can just imagine them squinting, trying to make out what exactly the image is… and then the realisation suddenly dawning.

i’m kicking off with South African artist Tony Gum (above), who kind of exploded onto the local art scene last year (and was subsequently featured on Vogue.com). i saw her latest prints at the Cape Town Art Fair last month, and they are as gorgeous in person as they are on screen. keep an eye on this girl.

all images courtesy of Artsy, except for Vincent Mahe.

Phil Hale has been involved in the contemporary art scene for a few decades now. His impressive resume shows he has had his hand in many creative endeavors including illustrations in magazines

British artist Jonathan Yeo (b. London, 18 December 1970) is one of the world’s leading portrait artists.

Illustrator Dima Rebus was born in a small town in Russia in 1988 and graduated from art school in Moscow in 2011. He now works on a wide range of projects ranging from his personal artwork to illustrations for magazines and other publishing houses. I really enjoy the edgy, somewhat unsettling nature of his work, there’s a strange sort of tension in every piece that really makes it stand out. You can see much more over on Dima Rebus.

Imagine a “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” type situation where a young punk rock kid from Brooklyn finds himself time traveling back to 17th century Holland and stumbles into the painting studio of one of the classic Dutch Masters. Accepting this odd twist of fate, he dutifully studies the teachings and techniques of his mentor and eventually breaks out on his own, painting images of his earlier life in the future. Pure fiction perhaps, but the result is all real. Dan Witz has been painting just such work in his New York studio for decades. Masterfully composed scenes of epic mosh pits pieced together from reference photos take by the artist himself at punk-rock shows are painted with the detail and delicacy he cultivated during his studies as a classical painter.

Till Rabus Born in Neuchâtel in 1975 Live and work in Neuchâtel Switzerland

Space Series Was born in 1991. In 2008 graduated from the painting department of the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts. Currently graduated Surikov Moscow State Academic Art University. Member of Moscow Union of Artists.