These quirky, oddball illustrations are the work of Netherlands based art studio Patswerk. Situated in The Hague, Patswerk was founded in 2008 by long time friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol. The studio collective use playful, surreal, complex compositions that mix an array of everyday objects in fresh colourful statements. See more of their unique and fun work at the recently updated website patswerk.nl.
We’re loving these paintings by Brooklyn based Michael Dotson who graduated from the American University in Washington DC in 2011. Incorporating a surrealist mix of Tron like futurism, neon 80′s tinged colours and a juxtaposition of organic foliage, patterns and hard angles these paintings are truly stunning. Go check his website for more or his Flickr page.
Patternbank discovered these incredible Temari on Pinterest via Roger Yorke, a dealer of antique ethnic textiles, specialising in Japanese Kimonos and textiles. Check out his other inspiring boards while your there, he has a feast of inspiration. The Temari here are by Nana Akua’s Grandma who is in her 90′s! You can see more stunning examples of her work on Akua’s dedicated flickr page. Patternbank are in total admiration of the time and skill that must of gone into making these beautiful works of art. We are sure you’ll be inspired by the hundreds of patterns found in these embroidered wonders.
These beautiful set of photographs of decaying orchids, roses and leaves were shot by Billy Kidd, an extremely talented photographer based in New York. Usually confined to the bin at this stage of their life, Billy captures the immense beauty, faded colours, wrinkles and fine details of the decaying flowers and foliage on a black background which adds to the subtle drama. Check out more of his amazing photographs on his Tumblr – I was shot by Billy Kidd.
Patternbank are loving Peter Hoffman’s gasoline doused, photographic studies of Fox River. An Illinois based photographer, Hoffman’s work strives for a quiet, studied approach and in this vein, he is often hired to photograph sensitive subject matter. In this series Hoffman uses the backdrop of the Fox River as it meanders through Chicago. The negatives of these mesmerizing images were spray-coated in gasoline and then lit. The process was very hit and miss but we are sure you’ll agree the end visuals look amazing in colour, subject matter and texture. See more of Peter Hoffman’s work on his portfolio site peterghofman.com
Heather Patterson is interested in the imperfections in nature and how perfection can be found in discoveries of certain undisturbed randomness. By recreating geographic patterns and forms, her work finds simillarities with a topographical map and a grain of wood or the gnarls in a tree and veins in the human body. Patternbank love the structure and layering of different textures that can be found in her work, by such techniques as carving, dripping, melting or spraying the surface. You can see more of her work at heatherpatterson.30art.com.
Tokyo born artist, graphic designer and illustrator Natsuki Otani has the ability to combine a rainbow of vibrant colour, with a sophisticated illustrative style to create these stunning images. Her Fashion Illustration for A/W 2012 featured in Station Magazine (images featured) depicting designs from Mary Katranzou, Peter Pilloto and Prada have a simple, inky fluidity which is, unmistakably her signature style. Patternbank loves the strong sense of pattern throughout her work and her sensitivity to detail and proportion. Check out her list of talents and achievements at her website.
Stefanie Jasper uses Tumblr as a diary for her recent artistic evolution, her objective is to find images that move people. She is a professional photographer and this truly shows in her work, these are beautiful, abstract and ethereal with a sumptuous depth of colour. Check out her amazing Tumblr here. [...]
Santtu Mustonen is a Finnish illustrator living and working in Helsinki and Amsterdam. Organic patterns, natural science and movement inspire his work, which combines handcrafted and analog textures in a digital space. He animates various textures and visual imagery by using a three-dimensional modeling program to alter the[...]
The Patternbank team visited Bristol's Affordable Art Fair at Brunel's Old Station last weekend. The Affordable Art Fair’s formula is simple, yet unique: a relaxed, inspiring environment and lots of good quality contemporary art. In this post we give a quick snapshot of our favorite finds whilst walking the show. Check the webs[...]