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ImageFreelance graphic designer and illustrator Florian Nicolle hails from Caen, France – a Northwestern city on the coast near Le Havre that was all but destroyed during WW2’s Battle of Normandy. His work is as dynamic and spontaneous as the modern street art movement that’s invaded Europe over the past couple of decades – fresh, bold strokes, splashes of realism that fade into abstraction, and simple, raw expression.

His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s got a huge client base now, with top guns such as Nike, Puma, Nokia, ESPN classic, EA Sports Games Studio, Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros, Harajuku Lovers (by Gwen Stephani), KHL, Tanishq… just to name a few. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this young talent.

Check out his website to see more amazing work.

Also check out his gallery on the Behance Network.

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ImageUsing a few simple tools, Hilary Brace is capable of creating these amazing otherworldy cloud formations and landscapes. To create these dramatic works, she begins by using a polyester film surface and darkens it with charcoal, then deftly works away at it with erasers. Her technique is nothing short of miraculous in it’s refined approach and the result is almost photographic in quality.

When I compose an image I work without premeditation, beginning with only a vague suggestion, so the places I make often surprise me as they unfold in a series of unanticipated discoveries. The subjects change and shift as a nascent world comes slowly into focus. Even though my desire is to create places and events that are vivid and seem true—to make impossible places tangible—they stay elusive and enigmatic to me.

In the end, the drawings are both a record of discovery and a means of re-experiencing the mystery. They also remind me of our desire to search for truth and meaning as we encounter and attempt to define our shifting world, even if such a search might be futile.”

This incredible explorative process is what I think captures such an intense psychic manifestation and unanticipated primordial effect. The fact that each piece is created without premeditation, also mirrors the unexpected nature of atmospheric phenomena. No wonder she’s received so many awards and acclamations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993, an California Arts Fellowship, and numerous grants over the years.

Check out her website.

To buy prints, visit her page on artspace.com.

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Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Lister and I share a common view – that the “heroes” that are presented through the media, that surround us at every step, are often misguided, and less glamorous than we perceive them to be. As someone who’s worked behind the scenes in television and film for many years, I know this one all too well and can relate to his ennui, but I do love how he interprets this world through his art.

With his art, Lister splashes this message anywhere he can – any way he can, using stickers, markers, and aerosol paint, drawing from his past experiences growing up in Brisbane, Australia, his travels around the world, and his life as a husband and father of two. His subject matter usually revolves around the pop culture icons that have populated his sphere – skateboarding, comic book superheroes, tattoos, television, graffiti, pop culture, advertising, jail birds, the internet and Aussie celebrity gangsters.

He’s also shown his work around the globe in exhibitions both in museums and on the streets, all over Australia, the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. He’s been featured on many art-related websites such as Juxtapoz.com, FecalFace.com and WoosterCollective.com. And something tells me this is just the beginning…

Check out more of his awesome work on his website.

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