Posts By Andy Smith

The Murals of Illustrator Gina Kiel

Gina Kiel’s vibrant murals are informed by the spaces and walls they inhabit across the globe. Her work has recently adorned spots in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Mexico.

Carles G.O’D.’s Provocative Work at Center of Show in Italy

Known for his lush and provocative illustrations and comics, Spanish artist Carles G.O’D. is the center of a major show at Tabularasa Tekè Gallery in Italy next month. “Closer to Heaven" kicks off on June 14 in the space and runs through Aug. 3. The massive trove of works on display include original drawings, comic pages, prints from his major projects, and more.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan Craft Cities from Cardboard

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan tackle displacement, community development, and memory in their cities and structures made of cardboard. Their work ranges from these sculptures and installations to drawing, paintings, and works on paper. Their current, major installation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, "Pillars: Project Another Country," “explores fundamental ideas about what creates community, what constitutes family, and how homes are fabricated around human needs and relationships.”

The London Police, Fabian Williams, Others Shine at End-to-End Festival

The London Police

When the first-ever END-to-END festival recently landed in Charlotte, N.C., it added nearly two-dozen murals to the 76-acre Camp North End, which began its existence as a Model T factory and is a now a burgeoning mixed-use site with industrial structures in-tact. Among the artists: The London Police (last featured on HiFructose.com here), Fabian Williams, James Moore (last featured here), Hnin Nie (last featured here), and several others.

The Embroidered Characters of Patricia Larocque

Creating under the name “ffembroidery,” Patricia Larocque’s embroidered characters are packed with anxiety and pop cultural influences. The artist has used multiple techniques to craft these faces, which can take up to 25 hours to craft. She often shares process photos and other insights on her Instagram page.

The Watercolor Works of Nikolay Tolmachev

Ukraine-born, Paris-based artist Nikolay Tolmachev crafts provocative watercolor paintings showcasing a knack for elegance and wry humor. The artist's practice also delves in illustration, recently providing work for a release of the classic narrative poem "Kateryna" by Taras Shevchenko.

Jana Euler’s Paintings Show ‘Great White Fear’

A terrifying force from the natural world comes into focus in Jana Euler's current show, “Great White Fear,” at Galerie Neu in Berlin. Running through May 30, this collection of the artist’s acrylic and oil paintings centered on sharks is both visceral and varied in approach.

The Recent Drawings and Ceramics of David Fullarton

David Fullarton balances striking figurative drawing with humorous and conceptual text work, with recent work that implements one wholly over the other. His recent plates, in particular, show his knack for the deceptively simple. Fullarton was last featured on HiFructose.com here.