Posts tagged Fantasy
Jeremy Burks

I grew up as an only child in Dayton, Ohio, reading and drawing constantly.

I am primarily a self-taught artist. My formative influences were days spent exploring the scrap yard where my father worked and summers roaming the Dayton Art Institute. I was, in turn, obsessed with mythology, magic, ancient cultures, historical piracy, horror and mystery novels, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, heavy metal, hip-hop and punk rock. Not that much has changed.

I lived in a bunch of places (but often New Jersey), working in various capacities in fine art, film, and design. For over a decade, I have resided in Austin, Texas with my talented wife and brilliant son.

www.jeremyburksart.com

Vedran Misic

Born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Vedran is a New York City based artist with passions for ink drawing, media arts, and street art. Working with colorful India inks, his highly intricate and symbolic works examine the dimensions of human spirit and the complex world that it inhabits. Using surreal and psychedelic motifs, his drawings explore the metaphysical and seek to capture the often imperceptible geometric systems that permeate through all of nature. While these works stem from the ideas and experiences of adult introspection, they are layered with vibrant colors and fantastical elements that evoke a childlike awe of the magic and mystery of the world.

Vedran holds BFA in Graphic Design from New York Institute of Technology, and has completed silkscreen, drawing, and painting classes at the School of Visual Arts.

www.vedranart.com

Shawna Gilmore

Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Shawna draws deep from the winter-forged well of her overactive imagination. Her narrative, vintage and folk-style paintings explore many topics such as science, metaphors, nature, humor, patterns, paradoxes, fairytales and a wide variety of musings on domestic subjects. Shawna graduated in 2000 from the University of Minnesota - Duluth with a BFA in Studio Art, Emphasis on Drawing and Printmaking. She has exhibited both locally and nationally. Shawna lives with her verbally talented husband(Eddy), their twins and a menagerie of critters in a lively neighborhood near lovely Lake Superior.

Statement

My surrealistic and narrative work explores a wide variety of themes from personal observations to otherworldly dreams. Fueled by an insatiable love of fantasy, science fiction, and folklore, storytelling is central to the way I approach a painting. Every painting is like a page in a book, waiting for the viewer to fill in the plot.

Characters in my images often encounter scenarios that are both playful and poignant. I find this tension to be most accurate to my life experience. Raising a family has particularly heightened my awareness of this reality. Seldom does a day pass without my children jarring the heavy moments of my mind with their curiosity, creativity, humor, and basic needs.  

With a strong affection for vintage photography, I frequently use these stoic-faced images as source material. Ever since I was little I have been drawn to these strange and ancient-looking people who seem to transport me to another time and space. I imagine their lives, who they were, or what they were doing. The timelessness of vintage portraiture provides mythical characters for my paintings that are rooted in history.

I paint primarily in acrylics on cradled wood panels. I am partial to the hard, durable, flat surface of wood. I also appreciate the history and life, evident with each grain. Just knowing those years of growth lay beneath the paint gives me pause. My rather impatient personality enjoys acrylics for their quick drying time and ability to be rapidly reworked.

Through painting, I have found ways of escaping, if only for a moment, to laugh, ponder, or dream. Escaping is a breath that fills our lungs and eases our burdens. My paintings give you permission to jump through a portal, imagine new places, and limber up your thinking.

www.shawnagilmore.com

Denton Crawford

I was born in Ft. Leanard Wood, MO. and spent most of my childhood and adolescence between the southeastern United States, Germany, and England. I received my BFA from The University of South Florida in 2007, and my MFA in 2011 from The University of Georgia. I’ve exhibited work in California, Seattle, Buffalo, Rochester and at various galleries in the southeast. I work in a variety of materials and visual strategies, merging 2D and installation. Among other things, I enjoy hiking, being outdoors, and going on adventures with my 6-year-old. I currently live and work in Rochester, New York, where I teach a variety of fine art classes at The Rochester Institute of Technology.

Statement

My work investigates the relationship between mysticism and the absurd and how personal experience informs our understanding of each. Incorporating landscape and abstraction, combining reality with fantasy, and the ideal with the absurd, I create personalized accounts of experience that explore the boundaries between logic and belief. I like to think about how familiar objects and imagery can resonate with the viewer in ways that cannot be fully understood or codified, crafting a disembodied sensation. The work is fed by conflicting ideologies, presenting unnatural events or ephemera that seem at once enticing and suspicious. The hope is to set the stage for moments of experience informed by the viewers’ own relationship to the work. I want to give them a moment that they will not forget.

Ideas and visual cues are drawn from a wide range of sources. Mostly revolving around places I’ve lived or visited, these works portray moments from fictional narratives derived from various literature, art history, conflicting philosophies and personal adventures or misfortunes. My own photos and sketches, found imagery and objects, and art works throughout history all inform my visual narrative. The work is as much based on thoughtful research, as it is intuitive decision-making and playful speculation. Literary and philosophical influences include Albert Camus, Joseph Campbell, Agnes Martin and H.P. Lovecraft, among other works of literature and film.

My most recent paintings and sculptures are an exploration of the relationships between religious belief, political affiliation and individual rights and freedoms. Much of the impetus for this work is drawn from my adolescence and recent social and political events. Strange lights in the distance, metaphysical figures and objects, and obscure landscapes leave the viewer to build a dialogue with the work based on personal beliefs and experiences, allowing them to fulfill the narrative on their own terms. My hope is to draw the viewer into this altered space where they might suspend themselves in the moment, lingering in the work, and reexamine what they typically believe to be true.

www.dentoncrawford.com