Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jonathan Zawada, Graphic Designer, Australia

This week we were drawn into the world of Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. Each of his drawings and large-scale neon landscape paintings offers interpretations of the digital world.

The Over Time series depicts landscape topographies in bright colors, each work deriving from graph data of earthly landscapes, which Zawada modeled in 3D to create each piece and then the painting was displayed with the graph data nearby. His work is absolutely stunning.

For more on Jonathan’s work visit him on the web. 


Yangyang Pan, Painter, Toronto

This week we came across the stunning abstract oil landscapes by Toronto based artist Yangyang Pan. Pan’s recent expressionistic paintings, are full of exuberant and wild colors. Inspired by plants, flowers, landscape, textures and the natural world, she explores balance and harmony by experimenting with vibrant colors and extreme texture and draws attention to the expressive qualities of brushwork which helps to create a relationship of colors, forms and marks, which develops into a unique metaphor in each abstract setting.

For more on Pan’s work visit her on the web.

Max Colby, Mixed-media artist, Boston

Max Colby is a self-taught tailor and fibers artist with a formal background in printmaking and papermaking. By utilizing extravagant embellishments and applications in conjunction with fragile and dwindling figures both ephemeral (print) and physical (sculptural), the stress of Max’s work is placed on external manifestations of identity construction as a highly performative act. We enjoy how each embroidery takes on a life of its own, creating a very imaginative state of fantastic characters.

Artist Statement: “The inspiration for the figurative aspect of the work is mostly from cellular forms, where the ability to distinguish between the form as pre-life (or birth) and after death is obscured.  I find inspiration for the embroidery from old victorian patterns in embroidery and wallpaper, interior design from the traditional to cutting edge contemporary as well as a full range of periods of garment construction (ornate victorian to current couture and “concept” lines).  Most of all, I find inspiration in the people I see around me towards creating hybrid forms from many time periods, cultures, genders and races creating something new that stresses breaking down stereotypes, binary terms and social paradoxes.”


For more on Max Colby’s work visit him on the web.

Drawing on her experience in the fine arts and graphic design, as well as her deep love of nature, Maine based photographer Kari Herer provides her clients with professional fine art photography in a variety of beautiful settings. We love her series of prints which highlight pink magnolia petals backing ink drawn beetles. Almost the finishing touch so they can take flight.

Check out more of Herer’s photography here, on her blog and at her etsy site.


Johanna Burai, illustrator 

Johanna Burai is an illustrator with a diverse portfolio of drawings and posters. Her work is full of play with colors and textures, as in these entertaining illustrations of conversational birds. Her style is refreshing and dynamic, providing illustrations full of life and movement. 

For more on Burai’s work visit her blog here. 

Israel based product designer, Hilla Shamia, has taken two unglamorous materials – burnt wood and aluminum – and combined them to form some spectacular furniture.

Furniture combining cast aluminum and wood. The negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value by preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk, within explicit boundaries. The general, squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and at the same time keeps the memory of the material.

Randy Hryhorczuk, Painter, British Columbia, Canada

We love Randy’s interest in modern design and minimalism which lead him to explore abstraction within his paintings. His abstract images are intense with color.

In 2007, while living in Guatemala, he returned his focus to architectural interests producing a body of urban landscape paintings depicting billboard structures vacant of any advertising. His billboard oil paintings replace advertisements with simple messages ranging from encouragement and hope to political and social commentaries.

For more on Randy’s work visit him on the web.