Zadok Ben-David - Blackfield (2006-9) - Hand-painted steel and sand
“Blackfield is a space-specific floor installation containing steel etched flowers deriving from 19th-century Victorian encyclopedias. The work reflects over notions such as perception and perspective, and in its delicate modesty the installation brings up powerful questions regarding life and death.”
Born in a rural town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, Shannon Stamey, the owner of October illustrations, was awed by his surroundings, explaining the heavy prevalence of celestial and natural bodies in his work. A morbid romantic, his pieces delight in a whimsical way, yet teeter into sardonity. Comforting in their often-nightmarish view, the works speak to children of all ages. Receiving no formal training, he has taught himself through the careful study of artists Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Stephen Gammell, and the more contemporary visionary of Maurice Sendak, Tim Burton and Gris Grimly. A large portion of his work focuses on the charm of turn-of-the-pencils and oil on paper, an appreciation for a more antiquated time is seen not only in his subject, but also in the finish given to the work… done with decking and often times staining. Please visit Shannon’s website or follow his Tumblr for more work.
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Ink and scratching over plastered carboard 2010 - 2012
Ekaterina Koroleva is an Illustrator / graphic designer living and working in Berlin. She combines inks, watercolors and solid silouhette shapes to create sophisticated illustrations, featuring mostly feminine portraitures. Our sincere thanks to artforadults for this beautiful discovery, please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work.