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Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister

December 8, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Adam Lister continues his examination of pop culture and art history through these unusual watercolor paintings inspired by his love for 8-bit graphics found in old Nintendo and Atari video games. These are some of his more recent paintings, and you can see plenty more on his website where he has quite a few prints available.

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Art

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak

July 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Based in the old industrial town of St. Etienne, France, street artist oakoak (previously) relies on a keen sense of observation to create his humorous interventions on walls, streets, and sidewalks. Cracks and crumbling infrastructure become the backdrop for superheroes and other pop culture characters who interact with their surrounds in unexpected ways. He shares with Bulkka:

Since I come from Saint Etienne, an old industrial city which is now in reconversion, I have the need to make my city less “grey” and at the same time, funnier. Humor is really important to me. It’s definitely the most important element in what I do.

My main interest is giving importance to places and objects that people don’t notice anymore. I walk a lot every day and that’s how I get to find new attractive places with urban elements such as broken walls for example. When I see something interesting during my walks, I measure it and study it, and I come back later to make the collage. I prefer to prepare the drawings and drafts at home.

Included here are several works from the last 6 months or so, but you can see many more pieces on his Facebook page.

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Art

‘8-Bit Watercolors’ Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics

April 30, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Inspired in part by the 8-bit graphics of old Atari and Nintendo video games from his youth, artist Adam Lister paints quirky watercolor interpretations of pop culture icons, art world happenings, and famous paintings. Trying to describe his style can be difficult as it’s not quite digital and it’s not quite Cubism (though maybe it’s a tad Etch A Sketch?). While all of Lister’s works are distinctly humorous, many are also strangely nostalgic, recalling moments from the recent past including comic book characters, Star Wars references, and even numerous interpretations of iconic TV painter Bob Ross.

Lister has several limited edition prints available on his website, and his work most recently appeared as part of a group show at Catalyst Gallery. He’s also turned several pieces into 3D printed objects. (via Yatzer, Huffington Post)

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The Selling of “The Scream”

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Music

Percussive Maintenance: A Supercut of People Banging on Broken Technology in Film and TV

September 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Y’know that moment in every TV show and film ever made where the computer/jukebox/radio/appliance stops working and out of desperation the exasperated lead character gives it a good whack? Duncan Robson scoured decades of popular television shows and movies to find dozens of nearly identical moments and gathered them together in Percussive Maintenance. If you liked this also check out Gravity (the same idea but with people falling). (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Illustration

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design

September 10, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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London-based Lobulo Design (who is actually just a single designer who goes by Lobulo) creates wonderful, vibrant designs using paper. From pop culture to anatomy and the natural world it seems like nothing is off limits. Check out much more over on Behance.

 

 



Design

Fear and Loathing on Tatooine

November 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A Star Wars reference is rare on Colossal, but this new print by Anton Marrast (previously) is exceptionally genius. What happens on Tatooine stays on Tatooine. Pick up a copy via S6. (via the colossal flickr pool)

 

 



Art

Classic Hollywood Paintings, Now in 3D Acrylic

September 25, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Freelance art director, designer, and painter Stefan Da Costa Gomez has been working on a series of 3D acrylic paintings featuring a number of Hollywood personalities who each met a tragic fate, the idea being that when viewed through anaglyph 3D glasses the celebrities come back to life, so to speak. The series includes paintings of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, and the wildly popular but ill-fated animated character Oswald who was scrapped due to a contractual fallout between Universal Studios and Disney, giving immediate rise to none other than Steamboat Willie. See many more detail shots of Gomez’s work here. Can’t wait to see more from this series.