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Kuvva Gallery


An illustrated take on the traditional cabinet of curiosity.

9 May 2014
20 Jun 2014

Contributing artists:

Alex Konahin

Alex Konahin is an illustrator currently based in Riga, Latvia. He was born in 1981 in North Caucasus. Alex is fully self-taught and works in traditional media, using dip pens, fine liners and ink to create his pieces.

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Alljan Moehamad

Storytelling is key to Alljan Moehamad’s incredibly detailed and slightly gloomy illustrations.  Tiny houses and faces making up the bone structure of a skull or a lady with this gun against her head resulting in an explosion of flowers.

The young creative started his creative adventure being a freelance photographer for commercial clients, yet finds his true passion in capturing his intriguing inner world in hand drawn sketches. Graduating from both the Graphics Media College in Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague

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Alvaro Tapia

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a graphic designer and illustrator born in Chile. He is working in illustration using a combination of traditional techniques and digital image processing. He has collaborated with magazines such as Wired, Rolling Stone, New Republic, Harper's Bazaar, etc. He currently lives in Viña del Mar, Chile.

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Amok Island

Amok Island (born Amsterdam, 1983) is an Amsterdam artist based in Perth, Western Australia. After growing up and more than a decade of painting walls in the heart of Amsterdam, his love for everything tropical saw him travelling across Asia before settling in Perth, Western Australia in 2009. Obsessed with marine life, Amok Island paints canvases, murals and hand prints his own screen prints. Under water you could come across one of his concrete sculptures, slowly being covered by marine life. Amok Island has painted murals in numerous countries worldwide and has exhibited his work extensively in galleries throughout Western Australia and Amsterdam. Amok Island recently showcased his work in a solo exhibition in Japan, at Kojimachi Gallery, Tokyo.

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Anuj Shrestha

Anuj Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal but grew up in the United States within various environments, including California, Alaska and Colorado. He is influenced by Los Bros. Hernandez, Katsuhiro Otomo and Manuel Ocampo. His illustration work has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy and Financial Times Magazine, UK. His comics have appeared in various anthologies, including Rabid Rabbit, C'est Bon and Digestate. His comics have also been listed in the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions of The Best American Comics anthology. In December of 2013 he had a solo exhibition of watercolor work at The Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles. He lives a relatively quiet life in Queens, New York.

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Carlijn Claire Potma

Carlijn Claire Potma is a freelance writer, food creative and artist from The Netherlands, currently residing in Amsterdam. Her work is characterized by a synthesis of detailed, realistic drawings, sharp lines, collage techniques and abstract patterns - inspired by nature, tattoo culture, history and her splendid collection of curiosities. Carlijn graduated in Archaeology & Art History and Journalism & New Media from Leiden University, joined an Honours Programme at KABK Den Haag and gathered experience in Berlin, London and New York. Because life is full of slashes, she's also running an underground supper club, working on her career as a tattoo artist, writing for Vogue, developing an app and expanding her embroidery skills.

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Dan Matutina

Dan Matutina is a designer and illustrator based in the Philippines who loves mixing handmade & digital, clean & dirty, old & modern aesthetics. He combines colors with different textures & shapes to tell a story.

Born in Tacloban City, Leyte, an island province south of Manila which is rich in stories of epic war battles and traditional folklore. Having been born on July 20 -- sharing the same month and day of the first man on the moon -- he also grew up with a keen interest in reading science encyclopedias and works of science fiction, apart from detective novels and comics. Although he studied at a high school geared towards math and science, he still pursued his passion for drawing and painting and was recently awarded the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013 (Year 11).

He’s the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that creates brand identities, strategic communications, design and illustrate for print & web.

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Dan Morison

Dan Morison comes from a background steeped in Transformers, Comics, Old Picture Books, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Dinosaurs, Manga, Anime, Computer Games and Warhammer,. His very visual upbringing still has a strong influence on what he does today and he likes to think of himself as an artist that takes a different approach to things, and loves making mistakes.

Since graduating he has been working as a Storyboarder, Character Designer and Illustrator, and his biggest accolade to date is being the Art Director on a card game called The Agents. His hope is to one day bring back the glory days of old Science Fiction and Fantasy illustration.

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Daniel Sparkes

Sparkes works in the emerging genre of Comic Abstraction, performing interventions into the mundane fabric of life by injecting it with darkly comic motifs. The quotidian becomes a vehicle for social commentary and critique as Sparkes infuses it with his cartoonish characters that falter uncomfortably in a space between Seuss and Disney. His isoteric ‘gallows subversion’ is achieved through the corruption of found images, where Sparkes makes delicate ink drawings that invest the image with equal amounts of outrage and wonder. Sparkes has been nominated for the prestigious Jerwood drawing prize, created artwork for brands such as Nike and Warp Records and exhibited extensively across Europe and the United States.

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Dilraj Mann

Dilraj Mann is an illustrator/artist from Dalston in East London. He draws hot girls and hipster guys often basing his work on people he sees around London. He has created work for Sony, Revolver Magazine, Little White Lies and Nobrow. His comic work has appeared in Nobrow 8, Kus Komiks S#11 and various other zines and anthologies including his own STROKE zine. Current projects include Dalston Monsterzz with Nobrow, Think of a City and Fight!

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Emma Ríos

Emma Ríos is a comic book creator based in A Coruña, Spain.

Traditionally an architect, her love for comics made her combine her work and studies with small press and self-publishing in Spain since her early teens. Her wish to dedicate her professional life to sequential art allowed her to leave her work and move to comics full-time6 years ago. Initially working at Boom! Studios, then Marvel and now Image Comics.

Her last book is called Pretty Deadly, a supernatural western in collaboration with Kelly Sue DeConnick. Besides preparing the second arc for this book, she is currently writing 8House:Mirror, a mini series drawn by Hwei Lim in which they are developing a new sci-fi shared universe at Image Comics alongside with other top notch creators.

Emma was recently nominated for the Eisner Awards 2014 in two categories: Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist.

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Friso Blankevoort

Freshco (a.k.a. Friso Blankevoort) grew up in Haarlem, The Netherlands. As far as he can remember he has always been drawing. Skateboarding culture has had a significant impact on his artistry, being inspired by the graffiti he saw around him when he first started skateboarding as a teenager in Haarlem and Amsterdam. Freshco studied illustration at the Willem the Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and now works as a graphic designer and illustrator.

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Kimiaki Yaegashi

Kimiaki Yaegashi is an artist based in Tokyo. Born on Nov 1, 1972 in Iwate, Japan. Kimiaki’s professional career began in 1998. He’s an illustrator and graphic designer. His work usually involves strange creatures, panda bears, and women wearing pizza. His works are used for publication, website, and fashion and has appeared in various countries.

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Lando is a comic artist and publisher based in England. He co-edits and contribute to the sci-fi anthology Decadence in collaboration with Stathis Tsemberlidis.

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Marian Churchland

Marian Churchland was born in 1982 and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, spending her summers on nearby Bowen Island. As a child, she immersed herself in an unlikely combination of videogames and classic poetry, and often tried to convince her teachers and peers of their equal validity. Marian has a BA focusing on English Literature and Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia, and has worked as an illustrator since she was 17. She now lives in Vancouver with her husband and fellow-artist Brandon Graham.

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Simon Berndt

Simon Berndt was worn and raised in Cape Town South Africa. After completing a B-tech degree in graphic Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology he started One horse Town Illustration Studio. After 2 years of working as a team he went at it on his own to forge his own way and identity within the work. Simon has worked for a range of clients including independent, commercial and bands both at home and abroad. His work has been featured in Galleries in South Africa as well as in poster shows in Paris, Colorado, Austin TX and in numerous Books and publications.

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Peter Cline

Working with a diverse skill set, Peter Cline moves comfortably between many different areas of creative work. In addition to his central role as a freelance graphic designer, he also works as a cartoonist, clothing & product designer, whilst also perusing the alcoves of sculpture, printmaking, illustration & book design. He is the creator of Ocular Anecdotes, and circulates a variety of titles under his London based publishing imprint Otto Press.

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Raymond Lemstra

With his work Raymond Lemstra likes to refer to the illustrative nature of primitive drawings and sculptures. What interests him about these is the distortion as a result of selective emphasis; parts of interest are emphasised, unimportant parts reduced or left out. For characters this means they come out big headed, where focus is on the face and the body is trimmed to its essential properties. He deliberately apply this primitive logic as a method. But he doesn't apply it equally to all aspects of his work. Instead choosing to use a very mature, highly labour some technique for the execution of his pieces. This contrast, between the naive and sophisticated, gives the work a somewhat awkward taste. A clash of intent, simultaneously assuming simplicity and complexity, randomness and reason, flaws and perfection. The purpose of which is to inspire a sense of joy and discovery.

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Stathis Tsemberlidis

Since 2003 Stathis Tsemberlidis has been co-editing the comic anthology Decadence along with UK based artist Lando. Additionally he has published a number of his own books and contributed to art and comic magazines. Next to working in illustration and print Stathis has also produced and directed a number of animations and short films. He has exhibited at self-publishing comics and art events such as Publish And Be Damned at the ICA, London, The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial at the KUMU Art Museum, Estonia, International Small Press Expo, Stockholm, Comiket at the ICA, London, The International Comics Festival along with NA Comics, Angouleme, The Alternative Press festival at various venues in London, Thought Bubble with Decadence Comics, Leeds, The Crack! Festival of Comics and Print at Forte Prenestino in Rome and the Artist Book Fair in Tokyo. His books are distributed in a number of independent shops and distros around the world including Picturebox books (USA) and Fatbottom books in Barcelona (Spain)

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Sue Doeksen and Meike Sier

Meike Sier and Sue Doeksen are both creatives who work for a wide variety of clients. This is the first time they work as a team, combining their talents to create a custom mobile especially for the Cabinet show.

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Thomas Wellmann

Thomas Wellmann is a freelancing cartoonist from Münster, Germany. He works in the field of visual storytelling in illustration, comic and animation and is also a regular lecturer for drawing and comics at the Universities Of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and Münster. Three of his comics, 'Der Ziegensauger', 'Renés Meditationen' and 'Pimo & Rex', have been published by Rotopolpress in german.’Pimo & Rex' is also available in english from Blankslate books.

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Self-confessed purveyor of nonsense, New Zealand-born artist T-wei's work jumps between the surreal and the absurd. He often employs methods of geometric simplification to convey messages of social compartmentalization in the modern age.

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Willehad Eilers

Willehad Eilers (1981, Peine, Germany) also works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse. Beginning his career in the German graffiti scene, Eilers later went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam. He continues to live and work in the Dutch capital today. His eclectic body of work comprises video, drawing, performance and installation, and is distinctive for its lyrical quality, playful humour and expressiveness. A recurring narrative in his oeuvre revolves around the bizarre, occasionally ugly but always compelling aspects of humanity.

To refer to Willehad Eilers as an artist-ethnographer is not too much of a stretch. Describing his practice as an investigation of the heuristically learnt political and cultural mores that define contemporary society, Eilers gently nudges us towards a poetic realisation of our social selves through his highly performative range of paintings, installations, videos and drawings. Infused with a mischievous, effortless confidence, Eilers crude-style works offer us anthropological insight into his observations of the flawed human condition and its perpetual evolution. He unflinchingly presents us with images that convey the disposition of the modern individual towards grotesque, even masturbatory obsessions. Underlying his practice is an artistic methodology that recalls the theorist James Cliffords concept of ethnographic surrealism: he assails the quotidian situations that we think are familiar, and renders them unrecognisable. By mounting successive challenges to the hegemonic boundaries of our imagination, Eilers provokes his viewers into directly interacting with his highly unique works.

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