Posts Tagged ‘centaurs’

Conrad Ruiz

Published February 8, 2010 by Graham

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Wild colors explode across the epic images seared into Conrad Ruiz’s canvases. Bursting with epic drama, this San Franciscan’s paintings access the greatest heights of energy and excitement. Ruiz wields a strong comic sensibility, but his work has a secret depth brimming beneath its surface that transcends its endearing kitschiness. In his hands, the frozen image of a football coach being doused in Gatorade takes on a certain melancholy, and a glimpse of four track and field stars tumbling into oblivion amidst several pairs of whitey-tighties feels downright tragic. His stunningly detailed compositions demand your full attention and necessitate repeated views to meditate on their seductive mysteries.

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Skulls Unlimited’s Commanding Centaur

Published October 27, 2009 by Graham

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Someone thought it would be just peachy to make a centaur skeleton. They must have been onto something, because this thing is as awesome as it is eerie. It would fit right in at The Mütter Museum.

Although Skulls Unlimited generally articulates species that actually exist, we are sometimes asked to create custom skeletal mounts, such as this Centaur. Created using the torso of a real human skeleton and melding it with the body of a horse, this mythical skeleton turned out to be an interesting and fun project.

Also, “Skulls Unlimited.” What a good name for an articulated skeleton shop, am I right?

Michael C. Hsiung

Published May 14, 2009 by Graham

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Dapper seafaring gents, mermen, centaurs, soldiers and saints: these are the anachronistic subjects of Michael C. Hsiung’s curious doodles. Idiosyncratically mixing erudite references to obscure folklore with deadpan humor and unexpected romance, Hsiung’s treatment of epic olde thyme mythology is as sarcastic as it is tender. Fond of accenting his illustrations with long-winded titles like, “A scene in which the street performer with six fingers may or may not need the passerbyer’s help to untangle himself,” and “Whereupon uncertain events befell, the baby angora unicorn mourns the man with the broken neck,” Hsiung provides teasingly brief glimpses through his work to the vast fantasy world that seems to have taken root within his imagination, revealing itself one rad picture at a time.

Check out Hsiung’s latest drawing, “On the levitation of the boy named Peter,” which the artist has generously made available as a free PDF for recession-battered print collectors.