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One of my favourite mediums in art is the simplicity of pen and ink and the limitless creativity that they can unleash. Hailing from Toronto, Ben Tour’s gorgeous pen and ink illustrations are a perfect example of how one can manipulate these simple tools in order to create emotion in truly dramatic pieces of art. His paintings and illustrations have been featured in such popular publications such as Playboy, Colour, and Juxtapoz and has also showcased his incredible talent in galleries across Canada and the U.S. – and lest I forget that he’s indulged big name clients like Absolut, Burton, Nike Snowboarding, BMW and Lifetime Collective with his amazing work. Currently residing in Vancouver, he’s come a long way from his humble beginnings as a Sheridan College student and continues to produce stunning work. He’s got a real Ralph Steadman kind of quality. Some of my favourite stuff comes from his sketchbooks – what I wouldn’t do to rifle through some of those over a cup of coffee!

To find out more about Ben Tour, check out his website.

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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