En Masse - Collective
EN MASSE is a Montreal based, collaborative drawing project comprising a collective of artists and illustrators. The many talented and creative individuals who take part in their projects create their bold, signature black and white style of large-scale, highly spontaneous murals and illustration.
En Masse explores a collective vision; working together to achieve a harmonious aesthetic somehow greater than any single artist might achieve alone - simultaneously fusing a variety of individual styles together into a mutually complimentary collective synthesis.
The project was originally created by Tim Barnard and Jason Botkin back in 2009, at the Galerie Pangée. Now under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg, the initiative has worked with a number of corporate commissions and nearly 250+ artists internationally.
En Masse - Jason Botkin
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1974, Jason Botkin is the co-creator and co-director of EN MASSE. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration, he has made a name for himself as the co-creator and director of EN MASSE. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in both Canada (at the Big Bang exhibition at Montreal Fine Arts Museum in 2011), the United States, and Europe, and has had two solo exhibitions at the Galerie Pangée, [TRANS]FORMATIONS (2008) and Last Minute (2010), and his art has managed to find a place among many prestigious private and corporate collections. He currently lives and works in Montreal.
En Masse - Carlos Santos
Carlos Santos (Portugal, 1975) immigrated to Montreal in 1976 with his family. In 1993, he found his true vocation after discovering the work of French artist Moebius (alias Jean Giraud) at the CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal’s library during his graphic design studies. He then quit school and in 1995 started making his own comics, joining the Montreal underground comic scene under the name d.bilos. His comics have been published in various anthologies and fanzines (Cyclops, 106U, Stripburger, FishPiss, Image Gun) and his illustrations have appeared in both the Montreal Mirror and Ici Montréal newspapers. He joined the EN MASSE crew for the Dice Show (2010). His book Raio que te parta! was published in 2011 by Editions Trip.
Marvel - Stan Lee
For most, Stan Lee needs no introduction. A brilliant comic book writer, editor, publisher, executive producer and former Marvel Comics President and Chairman, Lee is the Godfather of the modern comic – a genius who, alongside Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, was largely responsible for redefining the genre and co-creating the now canonical Marvel Universe.
At a time when comic book heroes were portrayed as largely one-sided, stereotypical American heroes, Lee fought against the grain of the conservative establishment and the Comic Code Authority to introduce diverse characters that were much more human and relatable, commenting on social issues of the time, including bigotry, injustice and discrimination, which eventually culminated in a change to the CCA’s policies and revolutionised the industry.
He was instrumental in the expansion of Marvel Comics into the multimedia empire it is today and the creation of countless household names including Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Hulk, X-Men, The Avengers, Thor and The Silver Surfer.
Stuart McAlpine Miller
Scottish born artist Stuart McAlpine Miller’s unique style uses subtle and contrasting tones of paint to create the illusion of transparencies within his works.
Playing with the notion of depth in his subject matter, he often uses an overlapping background theme of cartoon characters or comic superheroes, the foreground dominated by a host of exotic and sultry models emerging and then blurring and fading back into it, illustrating the shallow nature and idealism of these celebrated objects.
Behind the striking, rich colour and superficial façade and gloss of Miller’s work however, there is a depth and intelligence.
Although having been immersed in the art world for over twenty years, it is only now that he has garnered the critical acclaim he richly deserves, cited by art critics as "changing the course of art history" and having had his influence and appeal likened to Picasso, McAlpine Miller has been catapulted to the forefront of the contemporary art scene, continuing to create new works and attracting the attention of galleries and collectors across the world.
Dan Reaney is a graphic artist based in London. Inspired by popular 80’s culture, his work is an amalgamation of his love of all things retro. From old-school anime to arcade games and cheesy horror films, he cleverly combines the use of acrylic and metallic chrome details to create his signature style.
His work features imagery from original pin-ups, vintage magazine covers, and old movie posters, and his unique graphic style compliments his chosen medium perfectly.
As well as creating colourful, cool, retro inspired artwork he is also the co-founder of 1CC Games.
Charlie Anderson is a painter. He celebrates the throwaway nature of contemporary culture by painting images from sources such as magazines, flyers, advertising and political campaigns.
By painting image on top of image and fragmenting the discernible text and forms, Anderson draws parallels to the fleeting nature of life.
The process of manually reproducing images from mass media echoes the history of painting as a form of documentation, and his use of the female form recalls the tradition of figurative painting in art.
Free-spirited, UK based artist Ben Allen is most well-known for his controversial Pop paintings. Using a collage style of unlikely juxtapositions, the dynamic paintings are complex mash-ups of popular culture that critiques the day-to-day dull and mundane, challenge the media's view on sexuality and inspire a sense of freedom.
Ben Allen's journey as an artist has seen his work develop over 10+ years, becoming more and more sought-after. Ben travels worldwide for clients and events where he often collaborates with other top artists. He releases his work only in small numbers.
Danny Sangra is a visual artist and filmmaker, most recognised for his combination of organic "growths" and geometric patterns, as in ‘The Hills are Dead‘ limited edition print.
A graduate of Central St Martins, he first came to wider public attention years ago through his much sought after commercial murals. He later became a member of Scrawl Collective - merging his unique style to their hybrid of street art, illustration and graphics.
He has since worked with Katie Hillier on print designs for Marc by Marc Jacobs as well as numerous promotional videos for the likes of Diesel, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni, Carolina Herrera, Mytheresa, Vogue and Mercedes among others.
Currently he is focused on his film making, having created a number of short films and recently having released his first feature to critical acclaim; collaborating with several well-known Hollywood actors and directing in his usual distinctive, sharp-witted, quasi-satirical style.
Pose (Jordan Nickel) is a Chicago based artist and forerunner of Chicago’s golden age of graffiti.
He is part of The Seventh Letter, an acclaimed West Coast artist collective as well as being a member of world-renowned graffiti crew, Mad Society Kings (MSK).
Originally known for his progressive lettering, technical precision and bold, graphic style, the energy and impact of his original street level pieces hasn’t been lost in his latest studio work, maturing through a blend of both his immersion in graffiti as well as traditional sign painting - adding three-dimensional installations to his considerable repertoire.
Combining humour and violence in equal measure through his application of collage, crisp, clean illustration, vivid colour and classic pop & comic art aesthetics, he layers and slices up various elements like a puzzle before recombining the fragmented pieces to form an intriguing cohesion of shapes and textures to stimulate the imagination - leaving his work open to interpretation.
A renowned fine artist and designer, INSA established himself through extensive street-level graffiti work before going on to exhibit in gallery shows across the globe.
From murals and public installations (such as his viral "Girls on a Bike"), to large scale commercial projects, he showcases an experimental approach to investigating diverse concepts, embracing a variety of media.
On top of commissions for private collectors and celebrities, INSA has designed signature collections and worked on product collaborations for brands such as Kangol, Oki-Ni, Kid Robot and NIKE, and he has gained a huge global following for his work - a recent limited edition release of digital print INSA leggings sold out in just 6 minutes, using only Instagram and Twitter as platforms.
Often citing heavy metal music, ice cream, Pop art, Japanese Culture and graffiti as major influences, the color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything Buff Monster creates.
Originally known as a street artist, over the last fifteen years, he’s worked on an impressive variety of projects. His meticulously executed paintings have been shown in galleries around the world; one painting hangs in the Bristol City Museum as part of their permanent collection.
He’s also created a variety of limited edition collectibles including vinyl and resin toys, prints, shirts, stickers and two series of his ambitious trading cards/stickers called The Melty Misfits.
Most recently, Jeffrey Deitch ask him to participate in a mural project in Coney Island. He was also featured in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop.
London born artist DFace, aka Dean Stockton is considered as one of the most prolific contemporary urban creatives of his generation and has been at the forefront of the urban art scene for over a decade.
A leading figure of the movement, he has garnered high praise for several sold-out solo shows and is the only urban artist to date to be featured on the front cover of the publication Art Review.
He was also one of fifty artists commissioned to create a 50th anniversary Penguin book cover and has a number of celebrity fans and collectors including American singer Christina Aguilera, who commissioned him to create the artwork for her number one selling album 'Bionic' in 2010.
Equally active on the streets painting public spaces as in his studio, his work is regularly sold at auction houses such as Christie’s, Bonhams or Sotheby’s and is best known for his playful, pop-inflected body of work which he describes as ‘aPOPcalyptic’ - critiquing the modern world, in particular the establishment, consumerism and the American Dream.
Mighty Mo (also known as Mighty Monkey), is a renowned London based graffiti artist famous for his iconic signature monkey motif’s – a colourful, humorous trademark character which can be seen gracing walls and rooftops across the capital, particularly if you ever stop to look up around North and East London.
He began painting in 2005 around Camden, and was originally part of the London Frontline collective, before moving over to East London where he joined forces with the likes of Sweet Toof, Cyclops, Tek 33, Gold Peg, Dscreet and Rowdy, collectively known as the Burning Candy Crew.
He now maintains a steady flow of street work, as well as producing limited edition artworks in his studio which he has exhibited worldwide.
James Flames is an illustrator and screen-printer - an avid storyteller who uses the tools of illustration and print-making to tell often sentimental and otherworldly tales of adventure and inner exploration.
Having started out creating flyers and artwork for his own and later many indie-rock bands, album covers, beer bottle labels and magazines, James is increasingly making a name for himself designing official movie posters, and his intricately drawn and multi-coloured screen-printed gig-posters for artists the likes of Billy Joel, Foo-Fighters, Alabama Shakes, David Grey and Dave Matthews Band.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he now resides in the relative tranquillity of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Ashville, North Carolina, where he works from his studio in Zen-like isolation, tucked away in the woods.
Oddly Head is the alter ego of artist, designer and publisher Tim Fishlock.
After graduating from Goldsmiths’ College he began his career by making large-scale artworks for Thomas Heatherwick Studio, before working for award winning graphic design and branding studio The Partners.
In 2008 he decided to go it alone and set up Tim Fishlock Studio, allowing him to work on a variety of multidisciplinary design projects including Oddly Head, which began in 2014.
Using an ingenious blend of collage and lithography to maximum effect, Oddly Head comments on our societies relentless pressure to consume, our increasingly unnatural attitude to food production, and in his Hollywood series, touches on the creatively impoverished, morally hollow world of Hollywood.
A personal favourite here at Eight Editions, Lucas Varela is an Argentine illustrator, cartoonist, graphic designer and artist who specialises in comic book writing and graphic novels, his sharp wit and irony always adding a satirical dynamic to his visuals.
Varela’s own distinct comic book style invites us into a diabolical universe teeming with images of pink monsters, slithering, invasive worm-like creatures, horned, bare-breasted women and arguably his most notable character, the hilarious and indomitable ‘Paolo Pinocchio’.
Varela's latest work, ‘The Longest Day of the Future’ (available for the first time in an English language version), can only continue to further cement his already formidable standing as not only one of the foremost comic book artists in Argentina, but as a global master of the genre.
Mysterious Al is a contemporary artist and illustrator from London, who rose to fame in the early 2000’s alongside friend and contemporary D*Face, when he co-founded the now world-renowned 'Finders Keepers Crew' - a collective of young outsider artists who gained international notoriety for their wall paintings, paste-ups and illegal street installations, inadvertently finding themselves at the forefront of the burgeoning street art movement.
Al’s work is full of dark yet playful, other worldly creatures, monsters, mutants and sub-humans. His latest works are heavily influenced by Mesoamerican deities and ancient tribal masks, reimagined in wild, vibrant colours and experiment with ideas of spirituality, humanity and immortality.
His striking, satirical and often morbid work commands an underground, yet global cult following among avid collectors.
Self-taught Tokyo born sculptor Haroshi is best known for his striking, colourful, intricately carved sculptures cut from layers or mosaics of engineered wood taken from used skateboard decks.
By combining his passion for art and skateboarding, skilfully gluing, cutting, chiselling and carving using traditional Japanese tools, he recycles these discarded, seemingly inanimate old boards and elaborately transforms them into vibrant works of art - full of life and imbued with a new energy and sense of movement.
Haroshi continues to pay respect to the true essence of the art, the materials that he works with, and to the deep-rooted traditional Japanese philosophy that recognises an objects ‘life force’.
Ursula Hitz is a Swiss artist and designer known for her meticulous, and iconic typographic maps of some of the world’s best-known cities. Born in rural Switzerland, she has cultivated diverse talents ranging from typography and graphics to cheese making.
Since moving to London more than a decade ago, Ursula’s work has focused on location and place, being interested in the ways that letters capture not only the dimensions of a place, but its personality too.
Her work has been exhibited, featured and reviewed both online and in numerous selected London galleries and her charming and creative ‘Letters & Numbers’ fonts are also available via several font websites including Fontspring.
Stuart Free is a landscape artist and painter who is well known for his allegorical, photorealistic paintings depicting local buildings and landmarks across the capital, particularly North London, where he is based.
Through his work Stuart depicts ageing, neglected buildings or venues of local historical and social interest with an almost cinematic quality.
Nostalgic, journalistic images concerning concrete, peeling paint, broken glass and graffiti, often visibly crumbling and decaying, these symbolic monuments are skilfully captured, era-defining memories of our urban landscape and inner city life, beautifully preserved in time.
From shopfronts and cafes, to cinemas, racetracks and abandoned or derelict warehouses, Stuart has used his keen eye to document London through his ingenious use of paint with a profound respect, affection and attention to detail.
Harland Miller is a British artist and author who is best known for his satirical photo-realistic large-scale paintings and prints of vintage Penguin book covers exploring the relationship between imagery, storytelling and the process of producing meaning as well as the frequent disconnect between representation and reality.
With an interest in classic authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway and drawing influence from several contemporary artists, his style allows him to combine his passion for both literature and fine art, and through bringing together aspects of abstract and figurative painting, pop art, photorealism and a writer’s love of wordplay, Miller continues to rewrite his definition of fine art.
Olivier Rizzo, aka SPEEDY GRAPHITO, was born in Paris in 1961, and he is one of the pioneers of the French Street art movement. By imposing a powerful, innovative style in the early 1980s, Speedy left his mark on the memory of a generation. He hasn’t stopped evolving, always in step with the times, by inventing pictorial languages and codes that are iconoclastic and satirical of society. Though his work has evolved considerably over the past few decades, he has become known and revered for his exploration of commercialism and references to pop cultural images and icons. Particularly inspired by the iconography of animated characters from movies and television, Speedy aims to re-intepret the visual landscape that has become so commonplace. For the past three years, Speedy has developed a strong presence in the U.S., beginning with his first U.S. solo exhibition, Freeway, in Fall 2011 at the Fabien Castanier Gallery. His paintings and sculptures, as well as large-scale installations and murals, have been acquired by private collections across the world and his influence on the American and international art market continues to grow. His impact on new generations of artists and the current cultural landscape is unparalleled. Speedy Graphito lives and works in Paris.
Andrew McAttee’s work draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources from graffiti art and comic book graphics to pop art and abstract expressionism.
While studying Fine Art at Central St Martin’s in 1995, he experimented with various Fine Art techniques while painting large-scale street art as renowned graffiti artist STET, ultimately becoming known for his vibrant ‘cosmic dreamscape’ style.
His work is becoming highly collectable with notable commissions from Nike, fashion designer Antonio Berardi, Sony PS3 and his work has also been featured in The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Time Out, Hip Hop Connection, Graphotism, Blag, The Intergalactic Times and art book ‘Walls and Frames’, showcasing alongside 100 other leading Urban and Street Artist's from around the globe.
FAILE is the infamous Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, their name being an anagram of their first project, “A life”.
Since its inception in 1999, FAILE has been known for a wide ranging multimedia practice recognizable for its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage.
While painting and printmaking remain central to their approach, over the past decade FAILE has adapted its signature mass culture-driven iconography to a vast array of materials and techniques, from wooden boxes, window pallets and even prayer wheels to more traditional canvas, prints, sculptures, stencils and installation.