Jana Brike is a 35 year old visual artist and storyteller from Riga, Latvia. Rife with metaphors and symbolism, her beautifully crafted oil paintings are an exploration of growth and transformation, in particular her unique experiences between childhood and womanhood. Inspired by many things, such as her soviet upbringing, folklore fairy tales and classical paintings, Jana's work depicts doe-eyed maidens belonging to adolescent realms, where they bridge the gap between innocence and reality. Jana has been exhibiting her artworks internationally since the tender age of 15 and holds an undergraduate degree in painting as well as a masters degree in monumental figurative painting from the Art Academy of Latvia. To see more of Jana's work head to her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Emily Nelson is a twenty-seven year old Brisbane based illustrator that loves to illustrate quirky, colourful characters and patterns. Her intriguing ink and watercolour illustrations see sausage dogs donning stripey sweaters, hipster bunnies with baguettes and beautiful ladies enjoying icecreams in tropical jungles. Emily has worked Australia wide on some exciting illustration projects, including children's book illustration, large scale wall murals and surface pattern designs for shop interiors, a life sized circus food caravan, fashion illustration for labels such as Faith & Lola and Princess Polly, album cover designs, and many adorable portraits of people and animals. Emily also has her own range of illustrated art prints, greeting cards and paper goods, which she sells online in her etsy shop and at markets. AND as if being an amazing illustrator wasn't enough already, Emily also takes dreamy photographs which you can check out here. To see more of Emily's illustration work, visit her website and instagram.
Cindy Rizza is an extremely talented contemporary realist painter living in New Hampshire, USA. Her most recent works explore the power of memory and attachment in ethereal tributes to common things. Her refined representational style and depiction of American nostalgia, most especially ordinary backyard subjects, serve as metaphors for our own lives and can be seen as a bittersweet reminder to appreciate the most fleeting experiences. You can't help but feel a strong sense of longing for times past when you gaze upon her stunningly realistic oil on canvas paintings, especially the beautiful pastel 'Chairs' series. Cindy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has won numerous awards, including the NH Spotlight Award for Outstanding Representational Artist, the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, and a Maine Percent for the Arts competition. Her work is also in private collections internationally. To view more of Cindy's work visit her website.
Vaso Michailidou is a freelance illustrator from Greece, currently living in Birmingham, UK. With a BA in Illustration and Animation from Coventry University, her portfolio boasts an array of unique illustrations, which focus on urban landscapes, portraits and everyday objects. Working with mixed materials like felt-tip markers, colour pencils, acrylic paint, tape and Photoshop, Vaso has found a perfect balance within her work, creating highly detailed illustrations that are both realistic and abstract. To see more of Vaso's work head to her website, online store and Facebook page.
Laura Berger is a Chicago based artist creating quirky and out of this world paintings, illustrations and animations featuring happy little characters and the dreamy adventures they go on. Through her art, she strives to explore the connections with ourselves and each other, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole. We just can't get enough of her bright and cheerful paintings and wish we could buy everythiiiiiing in her Etsy store. If you're just as intrigued by Laura's work as we are, make sure you check out her website and blog for more.
Kate Sutton is a freelance illustrator and self confessed cat lady based in Cheshire, England. Heavily inspired by the world around her, her whimsical work often features repeat patterns of birds, trees, hills and personified animals that celebrate her childlike and innocent view of nature. When she's not drawing up a storm, she can be found writing lists, running, doing yoga, learning french and drinking tea. Kate is represented by Handsome Frank and has an impressive client list that includes the likes of Urban Outfitters, Penguin, Renegade Craft Fair, The Royal Horticultural Society, and Mount Franklin Water. To see more of Kate's work head to her website and Facebook page.
Fred Fowler is a Melbourne-based visual artist specialising in painting, sculpture and printmaking. At just sixteen, he started out as a street artist under the name NUROCK and now holds a Master of Contemporary Art from the The Victorian College of the Arts. Complimenting his street art origins, Fred applies a sophisticated, abstract style and a process driven approach to his art, creating multi-layered and mesmerising semi abstract works concerned with Australia's cultural landscapes and the relationship between native and invasive species. Enraptured by the beautiful mark making and washed out colour palette of muted greens, blues and greys seen throughout his works, we're not surprised that Fred's work is apart of the National Gallery of Australia collection, as well as in private collections in Australia and overseas. To see more of his work head to his website.
Allison Colpoys is a freelance book designer and illustrator currently living in Melbourne, Australia. A lover of pattern and typography, her work often includes layers of textures, irregular patterns and bold colours that let your imagination run wild. After completing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Allison worked at Simon & Schuster in the UK before returning to Australia to work for Penguin Books Australia. In 2009 she won ‘Young Designer of the Year’ for a body of work, and ‘Best Designed Children’s Cover’ at the Australian Publishers Association Book Design Awards. You can check out more of Allison's work online here via Jacky Winter.
Ivonna Buenrostro is a young illustrator from Toluca De Lerdo, Mexico with a love for pencils, movies, music and fashion. Using her trusty pencils and Photoshop, she creates cheeky imagery that transports you to a colourful world full of pop culture, sweet treats, sassy one-liners and girls with killer haircuts. It's safe to say we're completely smitten with her work and we have a pretty good feeling you guys will be too. To see more of Ivonna's work head over to her portfolio and blog.
Natalie Foss is a 26 year old Norwegian illustrator with a Bachelor of Arts in illustration from Kingston University, currently based in Oslo. Inspired by people, colour, quirky things, animals, subcultures and fashion, Natalie's work often focuses on feelings and expressions. Especially interested in the people that are a bit out of place, her imagery is intimate and intriguing, often depicting strange yet beautiful female characters. We love her use of colour and pattern, not to mention her amazing technique. Natalie has had her work featured in publications such as Fett Magazine and has also illustrated event posters for a bunch of independant bands. To see more of her quirky work visit her website or tumblr.