Interview with lowbrow artist Paulie Polka

Paulie Polka - London based artist and photographer. Former ballet dancer and scorer champion. Educated slavicist and graphic designer. Mind full of ideas and dark nooks and crannies. German expressionism madcap. Weegee's photography lover. Especially moved by art deco, lowbrow art and Kustom Kulture. Likes to dance to Gene Krupa Orchestra. Works with varied traditional and digital mediums, however soft pastels predominate over others.

 
Paulie's lowbrow images range from realistic to cartoony, from kitchy to spooky, and are deeply inspired by both the 50s era and classic horror films. No wonder her latest Kiddies came into being shaped by the retro adverts trimmed with her distinctive creepy flavour. Making them grotesque by mixing childish innocence and neat composition with disturbing elements. As we all know, kids can be really cruel... Bon appetit!
 
Hello dear Paulie, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Interview with dark artist Joseph Loughborough

Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin. Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from Loughborough’s impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition. Drawing inspiration from various themes concerned with Camus/Kierkegaard's notion of ‘Absurdity’. Each drawing becomes story pursuing a standing point within the concept. Lonely human forms seem to struggle and ponder the sporadically lit space they occupy without reaching the point of a dramatic emotional encounter. Couples and groups of people cling together searching for an antidote to the revelations of their existence. Personifications of latent hopes and emotions wait in vain to be realized. No specific conclusions can be made to the meaning of the individual works aside from the acknowledgement and indulgence of image, expression and technique. This reflects absurdity’s philosophical model of observing our potentially meaningless existence without the sterilisation of Nihilism. The irony of religious motifs act to enhance the awkward balance between secularism and religious hope that the characters depicted seem to grapple with. Questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires.
 

Hello dear Joseph, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you?

The artist inside was never really that hidden away. I have been scribbling for as long as I can remember.

Interview with surreal artist Nicomi Nix Turner

Nicomi Nix Turner is an artist based out of Northern California. Creating detailed illustrations that invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature, her works delve into the occult and the connections between alchemy, mythology, decay and birth.
 
 
Her hyper-detailed illustrations capture the coexistence of life and decay in a bouquet of fungi, personified insects, bones, flesh and fauna.
 
Hello dear Nicomi, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Interview with surreal artist George Karakasoglou

George Karakasoglou is a Greek artist and occasionally works as an illustrator. He attempts to narrate stories through his paintings. Surreal, autobiographical, maybe fairy tales. Colorful to black and white,  complex compositions and intentional use of distortion redound to final  resault. He has been showing in galleries with personal or group exhibitions. He participated in international art fairs like Swab Barcelona and ArtAthina Athens with Kaplanon galeries. Karakasoglou‘s illustration also has two nominations in category “illustrated Children’s book” in greek “DIABAZO” awards and Greek Children’s Book Cyrcle.
 
 
Hello dear George, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Interview with multi-disciplinary visual artist Luciano Martinez

Luciano Martinez is a multi-disciplinary visual artist born from Mexican immigrants and raised on a ranch in south Texas. Now residing in Pasadena, California, Luciano’s work ranges from watercolor and graphite illustrations to art installations and wall murals. Luciano’s main influences come from his parent’s mix of religious dogma and Mexican mysticism along with a deep sense of alienation - a product of living a bicultural life in the United States.
 
 
Luciano’s work is currently being exhibited at “Low To Pop 2” in Lisbon, Portugal which will be available for viewing till mid December. In addition, Luciano will create a window art installation for the popular art gallery Flower Pepper in Pasadena, California. We were able to pull Luciano from his busy schedule and interview him for our website and this is what he had to say:
 
Hello dear Luciano, please tell us how you discovered the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Interview with surreal artist Ronch

"The main feature of my work, surrealist, is the meticulous attention to detail in microcosms crowded and dense with situations, through a miniaturist approach, supported by the use of a magnifying glass to define every square inch of the work. Urban contexts are dismembered in a dream-like swarm of architecture, forms and social relations disrupted, provocatively juxtaposed with no apparent order.
Childhood memories and paranoid nightmares are recomposed with graphite or color on canvas and paper, often through pareidolia, returning a duel between the freedom of the absurd and arbitrariness of the rule. The masters that have most influence on my work ranging from Leonardo to Bosch, Brueghel, Dali, Ernst, to its most recent Arrivabene and Di Piazza". - Ronch
 

Hello dear Ronch, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Interview with pop surreal artist Filthy the Bear

 
Hello dear Filthy the Bear, please, tell us how did you find the artist inside you? How long have you been doing art? Is art something that you always wanted to do?

Sara Sanz: "Tiempo De Brujas" @ Plastic Murs Gallery

October 31 - December 5, 2015
Opening October 31, 2015 / 8 - 10 PM
Plastic Murs Gallery (Europe, Spain)
 
 
When Edouard Manet presented his celebrated work Olimpia at the Salon of Paris in 1865, the reaction it aroused couldn’t have been more reactionary. What enervated the machismo of the time - in fact, as could happen in any period - was neither the fact that it was an undisguised portrait of a prostitute; nor that the young lady lay naked on an rumpled bed; what caused the stir was that this woman posed in a proud attitude, confidently fixing her stare on the the spectator. As if that were not enough, the symbolic presence of the orchid in her hair or the black cat at her feet — trying to define her dark and sensual personality, provoked angry comments from the public and criticism of the time which considered her as a primary, despicable and evil being.

Nero Gallery presents group exhibition "Chimera"

French and Italian Collective Exhibition curated by Daphnée Thibaud
26th November to 10th December
Opening Night Thursday 26th Novemberat 7.30 pm
In collaboration with Nero Gallery
 
 
Chimera is give rise to different interpretations. In fact, it represents both fantastic, mythical or grotesque figures, and hybrid creatures that possess the attributes of different animals, but also dreams, unrealizable desires and utopias. The exhibition “La Chimera” is a meeting point for 30 French and Italian artists belonging to different contemporary arts as lowbrow, pop surrealism, street art and also tattoos.

Jel Ena: "Sanctum Infernum" @ Stephen Romano Gallery

 
October 29 - December 15 2015
Opening reception October 29 5 - 9 pm, artist will be in attendance
 

About Jel Ena:
 
Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist living in her adopted home of Los Angeles. She comes from a family of professional artists in every field who supported her pursuit of the fine arts. Jel Ena attended the Academy of Fine Art, University of Belgrade, where she received her MFA in painting. She has been showing in galleries around the world where her work is widely collected, as well as freelancing in the movie, tv, video game industry as a designer.