Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FACE OFF Artist Spotlight: Street Anatomy Artists

Over the last five days, we've shown you the five Skull-A-Day artists for the Skull Appreciation Day 2013 Face Off show. Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day and Vanessa Ruiz of Street Anatomy, as co-curators of the show, both chose 5 artists. Since we've shown you the five artists chosen by Noah, it's time to show you the five artists chosen by Vanessa.

Vanessa Ruiz of Street Anatomy created this "Street Skull" to pair with Noah's "The Visible Skull", for the Skull Appreciation Day 2013 Face Off show poster. Head to the bottom of this post to see the collaborative poster. Before you do that, see who the artists are for the Street Anatomy side of the Face Off show.

Tom French is from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. "His works are predominantly figurative. He carefully combines detailed photorealism with strong elements of abstraction and surrealism, focusing on the reflection of the conscious and subconscious mind. French's work often treads the fine line between the beautiful and unsettling, combining technically tight, classical charcoal drawings with carefree, loose and ostensibly unfinished abstract forms. By fusing the technical with lively abstraction French brings life and movement to his compositions. His work seamlessly merges the use of academic tradition with contemporary urban realism." You can see more of Tom's work on his website, Vimeo, and blog.


Emilio Garcia is from Barcelona, Spain. "Emilio, concerned with the digitalization of our society, saw his culture moving slowly away from the tangible. As reaction to this, he left his multimedia career and embraced the tactile. Drawn to the fascination of plastic, he started a new stage with the Secret Lapo Laboratories, a space for plastic experimentation, where he can give capacity to his artistic restlessness, far away from bits, clicks, databases and scripts. Out of this desire to make form with his own hands, the Jumping Brain viral was born. As his first independent project, the Jumping Brain has become an overnight sensation." You can find more of Emilio's work on his website, storeFacebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

"Skull Brain Graphite"

Ali Gulec is from Istanbul, Turkey. His skulls are all experiments in design. His most outstanding artwork are the skulls. He combines various elements to form stunning skulls. His work is a modern take on surrealism and pop art. You can find more of Ali's work on his website, ikiikiSociety 6, and Twitter.

"Jungle Skull"

Nicolas Obery is from Paris, France. His digital monochromatic and high contrast work used fine details and and hazy smoke to create fantasy images. His work features a wide range of subject matter, but of course our favorites are his skulls. You can find more of Nicolas' work on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

"Fantasmagorik - Skull Forest"

RX Skulls (or Arrex) is from Portland, OR. He is a street artist, who uses a skull to represent himself. He uses a multi-step process to turn his skull sketches into screen printed stickers, which he uses for his street art. This is a great interview about this man of mystery and his process to create his work. You can see more of RX Skulls' work on their shop, and Facebook.

To see all 10 artists' work close up, come to the Face Off show. Details below.

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