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. To the trained eye, one can spot extreme consideration for lighting and geometry in his works painted with the buttery goodness typical of oil paint. To everyone else, they’re just dope paintings of cool shit!
What’s possibly most impressive about Dan is his ability to straddle the high-end gallery market and the ever changing street art world without compromising either one and still managing to make all the work relate and stay consistent.
Where most artist have a “thing” they are best known for, Dan seems to create a new “thing” every couple of years. From his mosh pit paintings, to his street sign “interventions” and lamp-post candle vigils, to his genius series of “caged” people trapped behind vents and hidden throughout the city, the work of Dan Witz is nothing short of spectacular and promises to only get better with time.
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
On the Boundaries of Darkness by Anton Semenov. Anton Semenov is a digital illustrator from Bratsk, Russia who creates extraordinary animated portraits and mind-bending dark themed characters and worlds. Anton Semenov is as mysterious as his work. Hiding under the nickname Gloom82 on DeviantArt, this young digital artist living in Bratsk, Russia, has indeed created a very dark universe. Semenov’s post apocalyptic cityscapes and intricate monsters bear the inheritance of H.R. Giger’s alien paintings and sculptures, Philip K. Dick’s disturbed science fiction and H.P. Lovecraft’s genetic horrors.
Rino Stefano Tagliafierro is an Italian experimental animator and director based in Milan. His output includes music videos and fashion videos. In addition to collaborating with teams and video artists creating interactive video projections for exhibitions, museums and special events, he has participated in many festivals and competitions, and has received numerous international awards in recognition of his work.
Indefinite means something that lasts for an unknown or unstated length of time. This projects shows struggles and fighting through a series of contemporary photographies which hopefully any viewer can relate to.
Tristan Pigott‘s work is incredibly striking, provocative, and awkward. These oil paintings are blatant reflections of contemporary youth culture, revealing the careful narcissism of selfies and social media. The concept of portraiture is intertwined with the curated nature of the presentation of the self. Tristan is a British artist who takes traditional portraiture and turns it on its head, making calculated distortions from interesting perspectives to let personalities and personas shine through. The way he portrays his subjects, who are often his friends, is not necessarily flattering. (With no filter, so to speak.)