All in Featured Artist

Carleyrae Weber

ARTIST STATEMENT: My ideas come from a combination of intuition and assimilation. I pull inspiration from artists such as Twombly, Rauschenberg, Fred Stonehouse, and many of the emerging artists that I come in contact with, though most of my influence can be found in my ordinary surroundings.

Ramon Maiden

Ramon Maiden brands himself as a "wandering dandy delinquent." His art follows suit. He updates vintage sex symbols and old religious relics by covering them with ornate, graphic tattoos. Still rebellious, but considered more and more to be a thing of beauty, the tattoo is moving steadily into the mainstream like never before. Because of that, Maiden's body of work becomes more like an artifact dropped from a wormhole of baffling splendor.

David Mramor

We can't stop wandering within David Mramor's art. Mramor draws inspiration from calligraphy, pattern making, and graffiti to his create ethereal, abstract paintings layered over manipulated photographs. He sources images that "create an obstacle to play within." Interested in simplifying surfaces into color and form, he taunts viewers with a distant narrative buried within the blurred images, pops of color, and aggressive mark making. We simply cannot look away.

Betsy Walton

Betsy Walton's paintings are electrified by color, pattern, and geometric shapes. This buzzing energy is balanced by her figures, draped stoically over the abstract landscapes. If these paintings were the pages of an illustrated book, the story might be a tragic romance. These paintings beg to be entered. They want you to tell them their story. We feel them as much as see them. We have lost ourselves in them. We never want to leave, and we pretty much won't leave until we can wear one of those head to toe suits.

Allen Brewer

Allen Brewer is interested in thingness. He says, "By eliminating my own perception of the thing, I am getting closer to its truth." Amina Harper aims to find out what that might mean, in an interview that spans Brewer's creative process, his background in illustration, and the narrative threads in his art. We find Brewer endlessly fascinating, if not slightly mysterious. You will too.

Andrew B. Myers

Andrew B. Myers is a self-described "friendly Canadian" (redundant much?) whose mild manners are matched by his singular wit. His photography is a parade of impeccable skill that carefully balances beauty and humor, meaning it will have you both sitting back in appreciation and laughing. Take a moment to admire his popsicle-flavored palette here, then immerse yourself in more of his work on his website.

Allegra Lockstadt

Allegra Lockstadt is a young Minneapolis-based artist, illustrator, and designer with a massive amount of talent, wit, and edge. Though Allegra’s work may at first appear light and feminine, a suggestive edge anchors each piece. Her superbly rendered figures appear to be frozen in time, amplifying the full power of a single gesture.

 

Zé Otavio

This Brazil-based illustrator layers words, symbols, tape, and paper into his primary color palette to build portraits with some serious swagger. The true tools in Zé’s box are symbols of gender and sexuality, which build into a singular and progressive interpretation the street life that surrounds him. You can find more of Zé's work, and read our full interview with him in Paper Darts Volume 4

Landland

We don't always get the chance to ask design heroes like Landland questions, but when we do we ask an insane amount of them, and thankfully for us Jessica Seamans and Dan Black were gracious enough to answer each and every one. Of all the questions, the most important one is How do they do it?  The Minneapolis-based screen printing duo is sought after by big name bands for their gig posters, they are deeply respected by artists and illustrators, and each peice of art is always effortlessly unique. Landland gets everything right, so pay close attention.

Lisel Jane Ashlock

Lisel Jane Ashlock grew up in Northern California, but her move to New York City made her even more determined to explore the natural world in her illustration work. She meticulously renders foliage, animals, and landscapes, so that she can then carve the small studies into building blocks for a larger subject. Every single natural element strains to tell the story behind the painting, and her portraits feel all the more human for it. 

Lisel is one of our featured illustrators for Paper Darts Volume 4. An excerpt from her interview from the magazine can be found below. Make sure to visit her gorgeous new website for context for the illustrations and to drown yourself in more of her insanely beautiful work. Also, do not miss her delightful answers to our contributor questions

Kris Chau

Kris Chau is one of our favorite ladies with a pen. Period. Clothing designer by day, artist and illustrator by night, she does it all with a killer sense of humor. We were lucky enough to ask Miss Chau a few questions for a feature in the upcoming Paper Darts Volume 4. But we couldn't wait to get her on our website. Rest assured there is more to come. In the meantime, find her delightful blog Chau Face Time for notes on food, family, the home, cats, clothes, and art. 

Pat Perry

Based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pat Perry’s work reflects a Midwest mentality we recognize and love. The detailed work is as rugged and dark as it is unabashedly beautiful. Perry is one of the Paper Darts Volume 4 heroes, but we just couldn’t wait to share his work with our online readers. Below we treat you to an eyeful and an excerpt from our upcoming interview with Perry, where he discusses his sketching process.

Caitlin Hackett

Caitlin Hackett's large scale ballpoint pen and watercolor works on paper are manifestos on the human spirit. Shirking the current craze for romantic fairytales, Hackett explores the dark underbelly of human/animal relationships in order to dissect what it means to be human. She is not just an artist, but a contemporary mythologist.

Sean Mahan

Sean Mahan is fascinated by the idea of innocence and how that idea shifts and is shaped from generation to generation. He asks his viewer to recognize in themselves the internal pull of another self and another time. His thin washes of acrylic and graphite on wood are subtle and delicate, underscoring the innocence of his young subjects. Find more paintings from this series at his website.

Soey Milk

Soey Milk's lavish and witty oil paintings are the product of an old soul with a modern sense of humor. It's clear that Milk has a love affair with oil paint, and it is infectious. This is old fashioned oil painting and old fashioned portraiture reinvented for today's art audience. Portraiture is its own brand of storytelling, and the heroines of Milk's stories are seductive and endlessly interesting. Fueled by surprising choices of white hair, fur scarves, tiny sculls, polished fruits, and fashionable accessories, Soey Milk presents the viewer with a symbolism that begs for conversation. 

Aniela Sobieski

December featured artist Aniela Sobieski creates small-scale oil paintings of surreal, dream-like situations. Her work provides an antidote to the fairytale blockbusters that have come to dominate big screens and bookshelves, packing worlds of storytelling and emotion into one very tiny frame. While exploring these small, meticulously painted surfaces, it's impossible not to become hynotized by the depth and range of Sobieski's imagination.

Robert Algeo

Comic artist Robert Algeo is an illustrated storytelling mastermind.  After studying English as an undergrad at Temple University in Pennsylvania, he moved to Minnesota to pursure an MFA degree in Comic Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

Paul X. Johnson

Paul X. Johnson only recently graduated and already he is creating the kind of beautiful illustrations that make an artist totally crush-worthy in our eyes. His work carries the graceful punch of a silent film, rich with narrative detail and tempered by a muted palette; excessive style flowing from a vintage vein. His characters are stone-faced yet replete with emotion, his subjects are dark but unabashedly beautiful— this is the work of a man who Paper Darts will be watching closely, and we know you will do the same. After all, who can resist an artist who loves Blade Runner? We wish we could visit the artist where he makes his home in Newcastle, England, but we will settle for browsing (stalking) his website and purchasing a print or two from his etsy shop.