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March 2010

William Wegman

Wegman Will Wegman is arguably one of the worlds most famous popular photographers. You may recognize his dog portraits, but simply calling his work "dog portraits" is almost sacriligious. 

Wegman is serious, but please don't take him so seriously. He's so funny, affable and distracted that it's easy to underestimate him. People think of him as the dog guy and don't even know that he's an artist with a broader practice. Even if people do know about his other work, they complain about his obsessive repetition of a theme (the postcards), to which I say: who hasn't met an obsessive artist before?

The dogs and the humor belie a very intense, earnest and important inquiry. I want to perch myself up on a chair and wave my arms and say: take this man seriously! If you spend your life looking half as hard as he does it'll be much richer. Humor can be intelligent and revealing, even when it's downright silly on its surface. It reminds me of how I talk about what I want people to look for when they look at art: a connection. Only connect, and then fall into it. "Only connect!

Wegman2 Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die." — E.M. Forster, Howards End


Yuji Iwasaki

Yuji Iwasaki
The Japanese artist Yuji Iwasaki
uses large format photography to create a certain reality within fictitious environments and adopts the component of painting, such as the use of artificial or monotone colour, pattern, and brush strokes, in order to sublimate the images into something mysterious, metaphorical, beautiful and creating a drift between fiction and reality.

 

I find that his use of light is very dramatic and eye catching and he creates mesmerizing photographs that not only capture the eye but also the imagination.


John Lennon

John Lennon was a musical genius and he was also a fine artist. But really, adding him to The Arteur is just an excuse to post this extraordinary worldwide music video which is great performance art and a worthwhile cause:



Charles Ugas

Ooge
Charles "Ooge" Ugas is a multi faceted illustrator who works with an assortment of mediums but is mostly known for his clean pen and ink drawings. He has worked with legendary artist Ralph Bakshi (Cool World, Fritz the Cat, Spice City), Mark Texiera (Conan, Black Panther), BadBoy Entertainment, Universal Records, Dirt T Shirts Apparel Company, Vexed Comics and Double Barrel Studios. See more of his work on his instagram page.

IMG_2655NEW YORK CITY based ILLUSTRATOR, Charles Brian Ugas also known to his friends and followers as 'oOge',  has been going through boxes of Staedlter and Micron drawing pens and markers for over 30 years now. Brooklyn born and raised by a single mother on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick, oOge was heavily inspired by CINEMA.


He started drawing at a very young age thanks to his father, an amatuer photographer and Film Maker who introduced him to ART and Film during his weekend visits. It wasn't long until oOge realized his calling, Illustration.


Story telling, in a visual sequential format came naturally as he followed through on this passion through the years. Starting out with simple stick figures as early as first grade then rapidily transitioning into dynamic, movie influenced imagery by the time he was in High School. It was around that time that his multi~layered characters and detailed compositions were compared to Comic Artists Todd MacFarlane and Moebius.


Years before graduating with a Fine Arts degree from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, oOge had already steadily developed an original style that eventually caught the attention of Legendary Movie Director Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings, Cool World, Fritz the Cat),  Illustration Veteran Mark Texiera (Conan), Bad Boy Entertainment, Double Barrel Studios, Vexed Comics, Universal Records, Levi's, Converse and most recently, Nike, to name a few. He is a regular contributor to NewYorkNatives.com


Balancing various commissioned projects for an ever expanding clientele, oOge has also been working on his very own Illustrated Sci-Fi Trilogy, called NEW KRYO which has gained a nice following on Instagram since joining the site just two years ago. (@ooge3600)

oOge hopes to see his work make the transition to the big screen some day. As he would say,  "To see, actual actors portray my characters on the silver screen would be my ultimate dream come true. I feel it in my heart that I'm ON MY WAY...." Who says it can't happen?

 

Ugas' current projects include a graphic novel that could expand into a trilogy. His work is political, edgy and very sharp. I would like to request more large scale paintings from "Ooge".