Agim Sulaj

Agim Sulaj, realist paintings, editorial illustrations and cartoons
Originally from Albania and now based in Itally, Agim Sulaj is a realist painter who also does award-winning editorial cartoons and illustrations.

The galleries on the artist’s website are divided between paintings and illustrations and cartoons. Sulaj’s paintings are in oil and often large in scale; his illustrations and cartoons are in acrylic, tempera and drawing media.

His paintings sometimes have almost blank backgrounds, and at other times are richly textural, particularly his portrayals of youth in the form of young boys playing, fishing, and often confronting obstacles. There are gallery paintings with a narrative element that seem to cross over into the territory of his editorial work, with suggestions of social commentary within the context of the painting. Unfortunately, the photography and reproduction of the paintings is uneven.

You can find additional cartoons and illustrations on Cartoon Movement. There is a brief bio on Wikipedia that appears to be machine translated from another language; there is a better one on Saatchi Art

[Suggestion courtesy of James Gurney]

Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Streeton’s Cremorne pastoral

Cremorne pastoral, Arthur Streeton
Cremorne pastoral, Arthur Streeton

Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Another beautifully painterly and economical landscape by brilliant Australian painter Arthur Streeton.

McLean Kendree

McLean Kendree, illustrator and concept artist
McLean Kendree is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked with companies like THQ, Hasbro and 38 Studios, and is currently with Massive Black in San Fransicso.

Kendree’s website and Tumblog include examples of his digitally painted professional work and personal projects, along with traditional media drawings and paintings from life, as well as cast drawings. He also has an older blog that is no longer being updated, but has some older examples of his work.

Kendree has a digital art tutorial: How to design an original sci-fi character on Creative Bloq

Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam gouache study

Columbian Exposition, Chicago; Childe Hassam, gouache on toned paper
Columbian Exposition, Chicago; Childe Hassam

Gouache on tan paper, 10 5/8 x 14 in. (27.0 x 35.6 cm). Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Almost monochromatic — though the tan paper and the use of blue give it a sensation of subtle color —this study of one of the buildings of the Chicago World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition of 1893 (so named to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas), showcases the simultaneous qualities of precision and casual sketchiness for which gouache is ideally suited.

Nicolas Martin

Nicolas Martin, cityscape, night scenes, figures and interoirs
While many painters chase the character of light in the landscape, French painter Nicolas Martin more often seeks out the elusive qualities of artificial light in night-darkened streets and filtered sunlight in curtained interiors.

His figures are revealed in the light, either as direct portraits or smaller within the context of the composition.

Martin studied at the Auguste Renoir School in Paris and the University laval in Quebec, Canada.

His subtle play of light and color contrasts wonderfully with his richly textural paint application, which is more evident in the images on his website than in the smaller example images shown above.

You can also find Martin’s work, often reproduced a bit larger, on the site of the L’Oeil du Prince Gallery, Paris; in which he is regularly represented, and through which his work will be featured in a solo exhibition from 4 June to 23 June 2015 at the Cardinet location and from 25 June to 9 July 2015 at the Odeon venue.

[Via Yann Deshoulières]

Vladimir Stankovic

Vladimir Stankovic, illustration
Originally from Serbia, illustrator and designer Vladimir Stankovic is currently based in Denmark.

Stankovic’s fascinatingly textural style, rendered in muted colors and close value relationships, often deals with a bizarre bestiary, consisting of fantastical land animals, insects and sea creatures.

Among the projects on his sites are subtle animated GIFs and images of a pop-up book project of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I’m particularly drawn to his charmingly edgy illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood.