visual arts magazine
Weâ€™re so happy to see you! Yes- we see you through your computer screen! And what a lovely view it is- a person in love with art as much as we are, barely stopping by to read these lines, anxious to flip through the pages of this magazine and satisfy the never ending thirst for beautiful visuals that it conceals. What a lovely issue this is too- filled from cover to cover with artwork and most intimate thoughts of our beloved artists who create these stunning images, illustrations, sculptures, paintings and murals collected here for your enjoyment! What a beautiful life, what a beautiful world it is- filled with colors and shapes! Now that you know how we feel about this issue- go find out what emotions it will bring up in you.
artists featured in issue 26 are: Eleonora Arosio Ben Young Oksana N. Grivina Wooly Polygon Cleon Peterson Fonzy Nils Gustando Vice Tomasovic Raquel Martin PEACETU
Eleonora Arosio Eleonora Arosio is a freelance illustrator based in Italy, but hopes to have many bases around the world. Born in 1992, she began showing her arty side in kindergarten, when she drew uncountable weirdly shaped Spice Girls. After many years, she graduated from NABA Academy in Milan, and it was then that she started drawing her own spice girls.
eleonoraarosio.com facebook.com/eleonoraarosioillustrator instagram.com/pinciroduga eleonorarosio.tumblr.com
Ben Young Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, and now living in Sydney, Australia, Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 10 years and has exhibited alongside well-known glass artists in both New Zealand and Australia.
photo: Zico Oâ€™Neill
Having spent most of his life living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty (North Island, NZ) it seemed natural for him to explore the local landscape and surroundings for early inspiration in his art. A keen surfer and a boatbuilder by profession, he is largely influenced by the ocean and brings these passions together in his evocative glass forms. Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass made for windows, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool. The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says ‘I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut’. He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: ‘I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.’ The texture and colour of the glass varies in every piece according to its thickness and arrangement. ‘The way I use the glass enables me to portray so many different elements of my conceptual ideas’, he says. I hope viewers might imagine the work as something “living” that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.’
Since moving to Sydney, Australia, Young is currently working on new work inspired by the juxtaposition of the organic coastal and ocean formations of the NSW coast against the contrast of man-made geometric cityscapes. This has seen the development of more industrial materials being incorporated into his work such as steel, metals and most recently concrete forms.
He has recently been making waves within the Australian glass scene having just been selected for the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize alongside some of Australia’s most well known glass artists as well as a huge international response to his work ‘The Beacon’ which has featured on the pages of The Huffington Post, NY and This is Collosal to name a few.
Ben Young is currently represented by Kirra Galleries in Melbourne.
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Oksana N. Grivina
Illustrator, writer and app developer, based in Portugal.
Wooly Polygon aka Sophie Refshauge is an illustrator and crochet aficionado. She graduated from the Animation Workshop in Denmark with a bachelor in Computer Graphics in January 2015, and has been working as a freelancer since, both on editorial- and TV productions. During her internship with Berlin based motion graphic studio SEHSUCHT she primarily worked with pitch, style and character development. She loves soft things, be it brushstrokes or plush toys and admires people with a strong sense of design and colour. woolypolygon.com woolypolygon.tumblr.com twitter: @WoolyPolygons
Fonzy Nils Hi! Iâ€™m Fonzy Nils, an Italian illustrator and designer. The concepts behind my style are positivity and dreams. I love to use strange characters and a very graphic language to express myself and the ideas for all those who ask me to speak for them. After studying graphic design I graduated in the field of architecture. love to work on different projects, advertising, editorial, illustration and design. I like to eat pizza and draw happy. fonzynils.com behance.net/Fonzynils
The Brazilian artist, Gusta Vicentini (aka Gustando), expresses through paint on wood, paper, wall and digital art. His main motivation is the â€œdesire to tell storiesâ€? based on elements of nature, childhood, dreams and fantasies.
gustando.com.br behance.net/gustando instagram.com/gustavicentini
VICE TOMASOVIĆ Born in 1986 in Split, Croatia. Graduated from the Art Academy at the University of Split, Department of Fine Arts, in 2009. He is the founder and director of Almissa Open Air festival of contemporary art in Omiš, Croatia. President of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists in Split since 2015. He works in fields of painting, sculpture, performance and installation art. Using a visual vocabulary to confuse the viewers, offering them a solution without prompting, Tomasović creates new phantasmagorical worlds, which he claims are true representations of the earth’s history and future, but in fact they are forms of subconscious excited random shapes that become characters in interaction with the environment and it seems like they illustrate an obscure fable with mystical doctrine. The viewer is forced to create a links between connotations, conflicts and feelings that his symbols evoke in our mind creating a complete new mythology in that way. Tomasović works are visions of the strange situations that undoubtedly speak of an elusive secret truth in which romanticism, surrealism, symbolism and bizarre version of Croatian naïve art interweave. Rejecting the popular narrative forms he creates works through the process that starts in subconscious realm, and ends up with subsequent conceptualization of the work itself that confronts us with our own perception and fear of knowledge. Vice Tomasović currently lives in Omiš, Croatia.
tel. +385916052836 Matije Gupca 6, 21310 Omiš, Croatia
I am a Spanish illustrator living on the beautiful island of Minorca. I always had a special place for art and illustration in my life, but it was not until I started my studies in Illustration that I realised I wanted to do it as a full time job. My main source of inspiration surrounds me: nature, everyday objects, people and circumstances and I try to focus on depicting them in the simplest way.
PEACETU is a Brazilian street artist from Salvador, Bahia. He operates in various fields inspired by street art, from working on big durable walls, to illustrations, canvas and sculptures.
peacetu.com peacetu.bigcartel.com instagram.com/peacetu
Editors: Rafael MilÄ?iÄ‡ and pekmezmed Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org frrresh.org facebook.com/frrresh.mag instagram.com/frrresh_magazine
Photos and text: courtesy of each author unless stated otherwise
Issue 26 of Frrresh, the online visual arts magazine.