Issue 40 of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, with fantasy art legend Kinuko Y. Craft’s enchanting painting “Sweet Helen” on the cover is on sale now! Contact one of our Stockists or Shop Online, but don’t miss this special Issue. Take a peek at whats inside below.
Inside this Issue, we immerse ourselves in the work of American painter J Louis, an artist whose very raison d’être is the making of art. Through his work, we can see that with sensitivity, respect, and an acknowledgement of his female subjects innate strength and beauty.
With a wave of her wand-like brush, Katie Gamb sweeps us away from mundane reality, casting us into the charming settings she conjures into existence. Her art speaks not to a nostalgia for a geographical or literary place from our pasts, but rather a nostalgia for journeys on the wings of our untainted and uncomplicated imaginations, with the great storytellers of old as our guides or the occasional imaginary friend. Learn more about Katie and her work in this inspiring issue.
Cover artist, Kinuko Y. Craft – otherwise known as the beloved mother of fantasy, is the master of illustrating visionary worlds of legend and make-believe. Her work can be described as biblical for imaginative souls because it charts the mysterious realms of lore and myth: inside this issue we find ourselves in the ripe forests of palatial gardens, the clouds of sky kingdoms, and the jelly-blue waters of sunken cities. Kinuko’s art appeals to the young and old, and welcomes us back into our childhood bedrooms where we can once again lose ourselves in adventure stories and become the protagonists of heroic tales.
We also take a keep dive into Alessandra Maria’s work, where the figures depicted are portrayed with very soft features. Paying homage to Renaissance drawings, Alessandra uses her chosen medium’s advantage, shading lightly enough for facial features to emerge but not dark enough to fall into the shadowy depths of the charcoal’s true nature.
In this Issue’s Artist + Artist editorial artist couple Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo share an intimate conversation about life, their shared history in bodybuilding, and a sense of playfulness and humour that is integral to this duo’s practices. The couple, both partnered in marriage and sometimes within their painting, are as much in demand as ever. An aesthetic set in stone in previous generations of fantasy, it is like visual popping candy for the brain to see modern actors portrayed amidst the dramatic environments. Look closer, and you will see the subtleties of modern culture embedded. This wonderful mix of nostalgia and contemporary references is refreshing, playful – and most importantly, shows there is very much still a place for fantasy painting in the modern age.
Inspire your own practice as Amanda Greive takes us through the creation process of one of her incredible paintings. The creative relationship with flowers is a signifying element within her paintings. We discover her vision and watch it unfurl in this issue’s Path To Creation.
We learn what Sherri J Trahan, Director of Corey Helford Gallery would like to add to her personal collection, in this Issue’s Curator’s Wishlist.
Blissfully unaware of the mortal realm’s rules, we experience everyday moments entirely unencumbered, our wide-eyed wonder peering through a lens of magic and all that is the art of Fernando Vicente inside this special issue.
Inside this issue Japanese-born and now New York-based sculptor Chié Shimizu [Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Sculpture Award] invites us to rid ourselves of all stereotypes before embarking on the journey she carved for herself and, by extension, others: “I choose figurative sculpture as an aesthetic means and to visualise the invisible, and to explain the unexplainable, in a manner that speaks to all of us. My ideal form of art is that which reflects my thoughts and feelings in the most honest and direct ways possible, so that the message is clear”.
We also dive into the joyful imagination of Lucia Heffernan, an artist who strives to give animals a voice whilst showcasing the unique and often absurd sides of the human experience. Her wicked sense of humour and adoration for animals is bound to make anyone smile.
Next we are welcomed to look through the creative lens of Anna Karvounari. She is her own Venus, her own artistic subject. Her photographs are self-portraits and explorations of femininity that oscillates between pain, sorrow, joy, melancholy and euphoria. A woman represented by and for herself, in all her complexity.
As well, in this Issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, let us introduce you to the inspiring aesthetic merits of Solmaz Tohidloo’s hyper realistic, traditionally rendered acrylic paintings. Our eyes are indeed surveying an entrancing vision of loveliness that is even more affecting due to the direct gaze of the Tehran-born artist’s bedecked belles, which suggests that – regardless of the trials and tribulations that they have endured – their emotional and spiritual resilience remains as potent as ever.
Do we dare continue on into the complex and infinite universe of Johan Barrios? Yes, of course. Come with us as we travel further through Issue 40 as Johan offers a space to explore the concept of balance and feel the ambivalent sensation that is only to be found between two opposing realities and extremes – fearing emptiness, darkness, and solitude prevents us from embracing what we seek.
Let us also delight in the full page reproductions of kelogsloops and a world of watercolour on paper, inside this Issue’s awe-inspiring Lookbook editorial.
In our Snapshot series, we ask six artists: Kim Anderson [Honourable Mention, 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize], Mei Mei, Yousuke Kawashima, Tanja McMillan, Taj Francis and Dan Zollinger answer the same quick questions:
- If you had to choose only three words that you feel best describes your work, what would they be, and why?
- What advice did you get as a young artist that still influences you today?
- What do you love most about the medium you have chosen to work in?
- How does art add value to society?
In her Letter from the Editor, our Editor-in-Chief, Danijela Krha Purssey celebrates the start of 2023, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s 10th year in business! She also shares the exciting news of launching the Beautiful Bizarre Artist Directory soon [more information on that soon], and the joys of this year’s Art Prize, especially our new Emerging Artist Award.
We also highlight more of the artisan fashion designers that have caught the eye of our Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief, in this Issue’s Some of our Favourite Things editorial.
And last but not least, enjoy a collection of the amazing hash tagged #beautifulbizarre artwork from our social media community of over 1 million followers!
All this inside Issue 40 // March 2023, which showcases some of the best and most inspiring emerging and mid-career artists of our time.
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