Jeff Soto is an artist, illustrator and muralist who has exhibited in galleries and museums around of the world. The artist’s distinct color palette, subject matter and technique resonate with a growing audience and bridge the gap between Pop Surrealism and graffiti. Inspired by youthful nostalgia, nature, graffiti, hip-hop and popular culture, his bold, representational work in his latest collection entitled “Decay and Overgrowth” is simultaneously accessible and stimulating.
“Decay and Overgrowth” explores his recent musings on life and death after the passing of both his grandparents. Soto sought out myth and beginnings of time to help him overcome the grief of loss. This body of work reflects Soto’s signature style – ideas of beginning, nature and renewal.
Judith Supine, a highly admired Brooklyn-based street artist who uses his mother’s maiden name as an alias to keep his identity anonymous. According to his biography, Supine could not speak until a month after his seventeenth birthday. He could not physically articulate words, he could only squeak and grunt. To cope, he drew pictures to communicate with his family.
His latest collection, “Too Much For One Man” (his first solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery) expresses these frustration with the use of surreal and often disturbing figures covered in his signature color palette. His thoughtful arrangment of stained fluorescent hues reconfigures and reveals his interpretation of those who mock, shame, and cavort in glorious dayglow blasphemy. His exact-o-knife, glue sticks, cheap ugly paints and sleazy magazines from bankrupt porn shops give his pieces a surreal and brutal portrayal of gender identity.
Judith Supine is also making a name for himself in the fashion industry — india-based fashion designer Manish Arora incorporated works by Judith in his Autumn-Winter 2012/2013 line. Check out this incredible collaboration after the jump.
Audrey Kawasaki is a budding LA-based artist making her return to New York City to share her latest art collection. Usually known for her ethereal paintings of delicate heroines, she has now taken a new approach to her art. This fresh body of work entitled “Midnight Reverie” features darker pieces that show her female protagonists with a sense of authority and occult sensuality.
Each piece has a unique gaze, mixing innocence with the erotic — giving each subject an attractive yet disturbing appearance. Audrey’s precise technical style is influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery combined with the wood panels she uses to paint on, brings an unexpected sultry and warmth to each piece. Kawasaki captures her audience in a trance-like dreamworld filled with fantasy, mystery, innocence, euphoria and curiosity.
All three marvelous exhibitions are currently on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery until October 6, 2012. The Jonathan Levine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, NYC. For more info and all other inquires, please visit their homepage: JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY.
To see more pics from this exhibition, click here: NEW WORKS @ THE JONATHAN…
— Roz Baron