There are so many wonderful artists out there creating magical illustrations and mythic art that it is impossible to keep up with them all...but here are some folks we'd like to introduce you to if you don't already know their work:
Multi-media artist Rafael Navarro hails from Mexico City and now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. "I work by instinct," he says, "through an internal dialogue that I can't ignore. The ideas dictate the medium, thereby fostering a strong relationship between the images and materials. I draw inspiration from my heritage, personal observations, and childhood memories." You can see more of Navarro's work here.
A. Andrew Gonzalez lives in Spicewood, Texas, where he creates "transfigurative and esoteric" art. "Having a keen interest in all things esoteric and mystical," he says, "I have come to view the airbrush as an alchemical instrument, using air to sublimate the liquid pigment material into an exalted refined state, the symbolic transmutation of matter into spirit. This symbolism of the alchemical 'Sublimatio' defines the underlying motif of my entire work." To see more of Gonzalez's art, visit the Sublimatrix Gallery site.
Illustrator Kelly Murphy describes herself as "Basically like your mom after five Manhattans...." She divides her time between Massachusetts and Isle-de-France. You can see more of her delightful work on her website and MySpace page.
June Leeloo is an illustrator in Nantes, France who lists Klimt, Mucha, Schiele and Asian art as her major influences. "My paintings usually depict women with a mischievous air," she says, "lost in their thoughts, innocent, peaceful or gently erotic, I let you meet them...." Visit her website to see more of her work.
Laurie Lipton was born in New York, and has been living in London since 1986. "I was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School," she says, ".... all that detail!! After trying to teach myself how to paint in the style of the 17th century Masters, I developed a unique cross-hatching drawing technique that matched their method of painting by building up form with thousands of tiny lines. Although tedious, the result was a beautiful, clear tonality and astonishing detail. It's an insane way of drawing, though." Visit her website to see more of her extraordinary drawings.
The picture on the left is is "Raven Rider" by Connie Green, a painter and jewelry maker in Arizona. You can see other charming works by Green on the artist's MySpace page.
Dessi is a 19-year-old artist in Savannah, Georgia who lists Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelites as sources of inspiration. "I like to identify myself as an idealist; however, disappointment often gets the best of me," she says. "I like to think there is a silver lining to this cycle of idealism and disappointment. I believe it makes me into a better artist, and gives me more to pull from in my exploration of new concepts and ideas, which are often very melancholy, despite my work being whimsical and delicate in nature." You can see more of her art on the Deviant Art site, and on her MySpace page.
Michaela Meadow is a London designer who creates "one of a kind handmade clothes to delight, fairytale frocks and vintage treasures." Visit her Meadow Doe MySpace page to see her work, which is truly magical.