These are the two images I saw on Tumblr that stopped me in my tracks. When I discovered the other works executed by Patience Lekien, I knew I had to find out what made him tick. (His background stories about his pieces alone made me want to know more!) He’s become one of my favorite artists that I’ve (happily) stumbled upon, and hopefully he’ll become one of yours, too!
Zoey graduated from a four year college and received a double major in Psychology and Women Studies. She now travels around the world working for a large nonprofit organization helping underprivileged children and women around the world. She is extremely free spirited and loves what she does.
Penny graduated from a four year college studying Communications with a minor in Race Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. She is now working towards her Masters in Education at Columbia. She also stopped relaxing her hair and went all natural, embracing her naps.
Sticky decided not to go to college and instead pursued his love of music. He is now a full-time producer and DJ and couldn’t be happier. He finally had his growth spurt and can finally fit into his pants. He now prefers to wear clothes that fit him. He has a newborn son whom he loves more than anything: Sticky Jr.
Dijonay went to a two year college to study nursing only to find out she hated it. She decided to drop out of the program. She took her side job of doing hair and made a career out of it, opening up her own salon. She is well known at what she does and it has brought her much fame. Upon dropping out, she also gave birth to her son, Sticky Jr. Her dream finally came true.
LaCienega attended a four year college for two years as undeclared, just because she had the money and the means. During the beginning of her junior year, she was told she had to choose a major. Indecisive, she decided to drop out and do something worth her time. She went into the modeling business and was extremely successful. She is currently working on dropping her first single.)
The meaning behind this is to stop all the bullshit with blacks taking sides with skin color. We’re the same people, having gone, and going through the same struggle and we have to hold each other close and keep each other alive.)
Ah, the mighty power of The Logo. Whether negative or positive, it can evoke a feeling that compels us to “just shut up and buy”. For most of us, it’s the main reason why we gravitate toward certain foods, restaurants and stores (my mom told me my first word ever was “Macy’s”. Sad, I know.) But what if the labels that you’ve grown to love were replaced with one entity; a Super-Brand, the Mutha of All Logos? That’s the idea Italian film and art director Davide Bedoni played around with, letting Prada be the Grand Puba of them all.
To see more Prada-oriented logos by Davide Bedoni, and to check out his other works:
Talk about bringing your imagination to life!
At first glance this seems like your typical, quickly-executed illustration, but don’t be fooled; these aren’t your average doodles, people.
The basic white backdrop coupled with the ingenious maneuvering of colored wires takes your brain on a wild ride of perception. The functional furnishings were conjured up by Japanese student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University for the Arts.
This definitely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (if you’re too young to know who that is, Google is your friend.)
If you’re looking for a more aggressive style of sketch furniture ideas, then South Korean designer Jinil Park has you covered:
On the opposite side of the 3D spectrum is Maya Selway, a British jewelry designer and contemporary artist that’s known for her elegant and more minimalist conceptions.
So the next time you decide to doodle on a sketch pad, just remember… it doesn’t always have to stay there!
Illustrator Hayden Williams serves Designer Halloween Realness with his latest installment. I can’t get enough of his works, and he always uses his pencils to bring fashion and sassy confidence to life! (On paper, that is!) I would love to see these beauties as barbies or have them translated into actual live models. They would be some fierce Halloween heroines! May I present to you (from L to R) Rattling Chains, Hocus Pocus, Treasured Possession, and Under Wraps, aka HAUNT COUTURE by Hayden Williams!
I personally love Miss Under Wraps (being drawn to all things Egyptian) and I would love to recreate this look next Halloween. Which character are you drawn to? (see what I did there? LOL)
While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:
THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?
PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”, because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out! (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.
TJ: What are some of your influences?
PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20’s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so.
TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?
PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces.
TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?
PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.
// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\
I love art in all of its ever growing mediums. From watercolor to graffiti to light shows, there’s no limit to how an artist can showcase their inventive aesthetic. But sometimes, there is nothing more amazing than making realistic images from the simplest of tools. If a drawing can be mistaken for an actual photograph, then that is the highest compliment.
Feast your eyes on the unbelievable works of London-based artist Kelvin Okafor: a young, creative mind putting pen to paper…or in these cases, pencil.
Mike Giant is a long way from his San Francisco home, but his artwork is in Giant’s new installation under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. Honestly I beleieve this artwork’s real home should’ve been right on the walls of my apartment but thats just me.
Anyway, Inking the wall with street and skate-inspired slogans, this particular piece from the renowned street and tattoo artist was commissioned to help promote a graffiti exhibition and Kingbrown Magazine #8 release at the nearby Klughaus Gallery. You can read more on Giant’s contributions to the 8th issue of Kingbrown here.
Before I start talking about this Magnifient Artist, I’d like to say a quick word to all you Cali JUNQUIs…
I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!!!
Okay so the reason why I am jealous is because artist Sam Rodriguez, a champion of multi-cultured art and design, is having his latest exhibition at the Cukui Gallery in San Jose, California. This Art JUNQUI is always challenging his viewers’ perceptions of cultural identity and ethnic perspectives. His exhibition “FUSION MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND” contains a richly painted collection of portraits comprised of land maps, their imposed borders, and other geographical cues. The idea was to engage the viewer in a manner that would raise thoughtful questions over classifications and identities in relation to cultural experience. The exhibition runs through August 10, giving you suckers plenty of time to get down to the Cukui Gallery in San Jose.
Please GO and write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me how is was in person!
229 Jackson Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Having delivered various art forms, Dyshawn Lamar, better known as Done by Dyshawn Designs, has been showcased in numerous Art JUNQUI post for his progressive styles in urban art and design. The influential artist offers a look into his personal sketchbook full with abstract characters featuring Rick”Rozay” Ross, Day Day (Mike Epps) from Next Friday and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) from Coming to America.
Two artist that I love…the late Andy Warhol and now Terry Richardson.
Andy Warhol was dazzled by celebrity and found much of his inspiration in the photographic image. Warhol shot Polaroids of over thirty of subjects ranging from Debbie Harry to Yves St. Laurent.
Now, Terry Richardson, who looks like the guy that approaches you during a fill-up with a gas can and a story, is actually one of the world’s most successful shutterbugs, having shot dozens of A-list celebrities — even President Barack Obama — for the ritziest publications and fashion houses.
Warhol is known for saying, “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.” As far as we’re concerned, Terry Richardson has that going for him!
Not for the first time model Elsa Hosk gets in front of the lense of photographer Guy Aroch. In this latest shoot, the photographer once again manages to produce beautiful images in black and white, as well as in that distinct 70s look. Job well done! Check out the full series of images after the jump.