With the London 2012 Olympics having now come to a close and the Paralympic Games now having begun, we thought it might be a good time to take a look back at how artists have been documenting the events so far. We hit the ground running alongside the fantastically vibrant characters by London-based illustrator, Freddy Boo.
Mariajosé Gallardo channels her inspiration from more traditional forms of art but her work is absolutely fresh and modern. In this series of oil on canvas paintings, we are reminded of illustrated tapestries or the ornate symbolism of illustrated biblical texts. Although the characters and subject matters are contemporary, she executes them with the same detail and skill as the artists she is referencing.
Martin Allais is a strong all-rounder, doing as much art and design as he does direction. Here are some examples of videos he’s directed, which we really like for their originality and mixture of techniques.
With a degree in Computer Science and a background working in the gaming industry, Marc Scheff is no stranger to the marriage of technology and art. We like his digital paintings for their roughness in the marks and chunkiness in the blocks of colour, which really give them a more hand-made feel than anything overly polished.
We like that the uncertainty about what’s really going on in Joana Garrido’s series of photographs opens up the door for the viewer to imagine quite magical and mysterious. The circular presentation also adds to the sense of peering into an alien world that’s full of colour and strange, floating creatures.
Working under the moniker Pip & Pop, Australian artist, Tanya Schultz uses her mixed media, site-specific installations to completely transport her audience. The place they are taken is a world full of wide-eyed wonderment and spectacle that would remind even the most serious of adults of the unrestrained joy of a kid and sweet shop.
We really like the glitch-kitch, mashup style in artist, Tchmo’s work. They’re essentially digital collages but, through a process of interference and filtering, a much more organic, textural feel is created.